It might seem like a good problem to have — deciding on a job when you feel that you have a lot of options to choose from. But the truth is that it can be very overwhelming. When you have too many paths to consider, you’ll probably stagnate and end up spinning your wheels. And that’s not very good for your career.
Here’s what to do if you feel overwhelmed by your job options:
Filter down your list.
We know — it’s easier said than done. But if you don’t try, you’ll never get anywhere. Take some time and write out a list of all the jobs or career paths you’re considering. Now, think about if there are any there that you can write off easily. Once you’ve gotten rid of the stragglers, you can narrow down your list to a few top choices. Forcing yourself to consider only three or four paths, rather than an infinite number, is the first step.
Consider jobs that allow you to combine multiple passions.
Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by thinking that choosing one career option will cancel out all the others. That isn’t true. Think about ways that your career choices might overlap. If you’re interested in photography, for example, that field might help you also satisfy your interests and passion for art and design. Or, you can consider exploring one career path and indulging in something else you’re passionate about outside of work, either as a side gig or a simple hobby.
Ask yourself what you really like about the job you’re considering.
When you think you have your choices narrowed down to a few good options, take some time to think about what you really like about that choice. Do you like it for the perks of the job, like salary, benefits, social standing, or longevity? Or do you like it because of the field itself? That’s not to say that factors like salary and career outlook aren’t important — they are. Just make sure you weigh all considerations, including your own interest and passion for that particular field, before making any final decisions.
Trust your gut.
Our final rule is a simple one: trust your gut. Believe in your instincts. If you don’t have a good feeling about a particular career path or job choice, you don’t have to pursue it. Your instincts usually lead you to the right place — it’s up to you to trust them.
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