9 Questions To Answer Before Looking For Your First Job

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Maybe you’ve just graduated and it’s your first time looking for a job. Or, maybe you want to change your current career. Either way, you need to make one important decision: what career is best for you?

There’s a famous Confucius’s quote: “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” It makes you think of the satisfaction you can have if you make a good career choice.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself when thinking through this important decision:

1. What Natural Talents Do You Have?

What are the things you enjoy doing? Can these things be applied to your job? The things we like doing come easy to us, we finish them quickly, and we are very satisfied when we receive compliments for our abilities. Identify your natural talents, and think of how you can make a living using them.

2. What Work Style Best Fits You?

We all have our ways of doing things — our work style. Knowing it can help us choose a career that doesn’t conflict with our regular way of working. If we are more comfortable with flexible work hours, then we should look for project-related jobs that allow us such scheduling. A structured environment, on the other hand, will require us to commit to strict deadlines and specific guidelines.

3. What Work Location Do You Prefer?

Do you like working in a small office or inside the corporate headquarters? Do you like travelling for work? Do you more enjoy when you are at home, or when you are away? This is very important to know when choosing your career, because if you don’t at all enjoy living out of a suitcase, you should definitely skip applying to jobs that require a lot of travelling.

4. Do You Enjoy the Company of People and Working in Teams?

Are you a team player, or do you only trust your own ability to provide a solution? Do others’ needs motivate you? If you feel better behind the scenes, without having to constantly interact with other colleagues and clients, keep that in mind before you apply to certain jobs.

5. What Does Work-Life Balance Mean To You?

This is another important decision-making question you need to answer yourself. Can you handle a job with irregular work hours and overtime or working over the weekend? Or would you more enjoy a weekend outside the city, together with your family? Are you a careerist or do you more appreciate your family life? Be honest with yourself so you won’t feel regret in the future if your job makes you choose one of them.

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