No matter where you are in your career, you may experience some doubt. You may be unsure about your career path because you don’t know if you’re going in a direction that you truly want. This is extremely common.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time for you to take a step back and think about why you’re feeling like this. You shouldn’t have to live with a job that you’re unhappy in. Sooner rather than later is the best time to make a chance.

Here are three questions to help you discover what you want to do in life:

  1. What’s most important to you?

The first part of self discovery is taking stock of your present situation. This means assessing what’s most important to you at this stage in your life so that you can take into account whether a career change will impact them. For example, financial obligations or family are two very important things that you may wish to consider.

Once you’ve done this, take a step back and think about what type of lifestyle you want to lead. Do you prefer having the freedom to work from home, do you want to travel for work, or are you seeking higher compensation? Answer these questions to help yourself narrow down on your next career move.

  1. What types of projects or initiatives excite you?

Think about the work you’ve done in the past, even going back to the projects you took on at university, and ask yourself what about them excited you. Think about whether you operate best in fast-paced environments, in teams, or on your own. 

When you’ve considered this, ask yourself what types of projects you would want to do more of. Then, do you research and shortlist some roles that would allow you to exercise these same skills. 

  1. What difference do you want to make in the world?

The most important part of self discovery is getting honest with yourself. Before you jump into your next career move, reflect on where you want to see yourself in 3, 5, and 10 years. Consider what opportunities might help you achieve these goals, and then set out to establish a comprehensive career vision to help guide you.

Do you have any self discovery stories to share? I’d love to hear them!