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7 Ways to Answer "What Should I Do With My Life?"

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7 Ways to Answer "What Should I Do With My Life?"
Unlike so many other questions you have about your career, this one's not quite as easy to Google. (Or-shameless plug-to look up on The Muse.) The good news is, you're not alone-in fact, I'll guarantee that everyone has pondered their career path, finding their passion, or what they're meant to be doing at some point.

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Talk to People

Don't expect anything. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn just from listening to other people talk.

You’ll get insight into people’s motivations, hopes, dreams, and ambitions. ...

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Get Started

Do something. Even if it isn’t quite the right thing, it is nevertheless movement that can give you an opportunity to experience.

There are so many things you can do for your care...

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Gather Inspiration From Others

Walk into a bookshop and go straight to the autobiography section. Buy books from across different industries, societies, and cultures.

So what better way to get started than by learning how ...

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Prepare for a Long Journey

One huge misconception about figuring out what you want to do with your life is that you will have a magical moment of extreme clarity and then have your entire life planned.

But life chan...

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

Try new things and widen your horizons.

Maybe you don’t know what you want to do because you haven’t tried what you’re meant to do yet. And you won’t know if that is true or not until you get...

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Be Okay With Failing

Nothing will slow you down more in your quest to figure out what to do with your life than being afraid of failure

You won’t ever be able to nail down what makes you happy if yo...

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Enjoy Not Knowing

Don’t pressure yourself to be in the future.

By focusing on other less-pressing matters, the obvious answer may just come to you when you’re least expecting it—and it will be clearer than you...

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Why Interviewers Ask It

This introductory question serves as an icebreaker to lend an easy flow to the conversation. It helps the recruiter to get to know you in terms of hard and soft skills.

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How to build your response

  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
  • Future: Continue with what you’re looking to do next and why you’re interested in this job.
You do not have to respond in this order. Tweak it to suit you. Make sure to tie it to the job and company.

Tailor Your Answer

Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.

This is an opportunity to articulate why you’re interested and how your objective fulfills their goals. In order to do that, spend some time researching the company. If your answers resonate with them, it shows that you really understand the role.

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Don't follow your passion

The main flaw of  “finding your passion” presupposes that interests and passions are fixed, rather than fluid and evolving as we age and gain wisdom and experience. 

The problem with following your passion

  • It ignores the market. Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll have to feed yourself and others. 
  • It will turn a passion into a job. 

Learn from Startups

  1. Identify real needs in the market that are currently not being well met. 
  2. Assess your strengths: Whatever is easy for you that most others have a harder time with, that’s a worthy option.
  3. Match up these two in a constantly iterative process: This process takes many years if not decades.

Write a vision

Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.

Examine your current life

See how much of your life already matches your vision.  

You want to keep those things and remember that part of your vision is already happening.

Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.