If you are exploring what career best suits you, what is your method to find the skills that others find valuable? A job that is enjoyable most days?

I am currently working as an event demo specialist, love working with people. Taking a break from college-(I'd love to go back but want to be mentally ready and have a cause that pulls me. Some Interests are sports, personal development, travel, innovation in technology, helping others, being apart of something bigger than myself. The vision I have seems very idealistic, but I would like to work with someone who could help a turn these interests and ideas into skills and a good concrete road map!


As someone who has hired and fired quite a few people, the #1 skill that I find most attractive is self-motivation. Those are the people that you are not having to constantly look over their shoulder to make sure work is being done. It's not necessary that you always get it right, but that you work at it hard with creativity. That's incredibly valuable.

As for an enjoyable job - if you don't like being indoors all day, don't get a desk job. I know it sounds obvious, but there are countless people that do this on a day in, day out basis. Don't necessarily look for a job that you want. Search for what you like to do that the job will provide. If you like to problem solve, maybe look at the software field where you can build software to creatively solve problems. If you like cultivating relationships with people, look to find a job where that need will be met, even if the job "title" or duties aren't glamorous.

You've explained it well already - align your work with your values, and you can find joy in whatever you do.

Answered 6 years ago

Reverse engineer your outcome. Start with the end in mind and work backward.

If you love working with people, what does that look like?

Sales, coaching, teaching, therapy. Sit down and clearly define what type of work with people you find most fulfilling and start working backwards from that point to where you are today.

By understanding the bigger vision, you will be able to more effectively eliminate the pieces that don't fit and you will be able to identify the possible stepping stones much quicker.

Schedule a call to discuss this further.

Answered 6 years ago

Just because your vision is idealistic doesn't make it unrealistic. I would talk to friends and get some really good feedback from them on what they see as your strengths (and weaknesses if you can stomach it), also pay attention to what strangers say about your strengths. I would take a myers briggs if you haven't yet and buy strengths finder 2.0 and get ideas from those areas to see what comes up and how it resonates with you. These results aren't set in stone (they don't DEFINE you), but they can be insightful and help you to understand how to line up your strengths with a gig that you would enjoy dedicating work/ energy into.

Finding something may take some time, but remember that this is a process and so is life. I would look at this journey as a big experiment with a bunch of smaller experiments along the way. You make a hypothesis, set up a test, gather data, you then learn, rinse and repeat.

Also, check this video out:
The key to transforming yourself -- Robert Greene

Answered 6 years ago

No other option than to simply ask the question "What skills do your employers look for?" of people in careers you think you might like. Social Media is a good way to do this. Another is to read and read in between the lines of job adverts. Most jobs are not enjoyable most days btw. They are occasionally very rewarding but even heart surgeons will tell you that after a while it can all get a bit samey. Try this link

Answered 5 years ago

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