It seems everyone I talk with thinks about what they do for a living and question it.  Not only do they question it (in a million different ways), they also wonder if there is something else perhaps they should be doing, which would be more fulfilling yet still pay enough so they can pay off debt, save, and live a decent lifestyle.

As the new year gets underway, maybe you are thinking about starting your career, changing careers, or want confirmation you are on the right career path. Here are some questions that come to mind which will stir up the thought process.

Should I get a college degree? How much should I spend? What school should I go to? Will I get a good return on my money?  Is it a degree in an industry where there is good opportunity? Which industries are thriving now, in the future? Am I doing work I enjoy? Do I feel good going to work every day? Am I good at it?  Am I or can I get paid well to do it? Are there growth opportunities in my current organization? Am I a curious person who likes to figure things out? Am I willing to do whatever it takes to do a job well, with excellence, even though I may not receive the recognition or pay I feel I’m worth? What would I do for a living if didn’t have to worry about money?

What are your answers to these questions?  What are they telling you? What do you feel in your gut?

If you are looking to change careers or get started in a career, but not sure what the perfect path is yet (maybe you can’t even see the path), there are some good books that will help.  I recommend Dan Miller’s book 48 Days to the Work you Love, and Jon Acuff’s, Start, as a couple to get you going.  Dan’s book helped me to get my thoughts aligned and begin moving towards clarity.   Both are available on Amazon.