Some of us got out of the university and still asked questions like, ‘What am I supposed to do with my life?’ ‘Where do I go from here?’ We held our certificates with so much pride, called family and friends together to celebrate the completion of our bachelor’s degree and yet when we stepped into the labour market, we felt totally lost.
There was a time in my life when I applied to jobs till I was frustrated and tired. I didn’t care what qualification was on my certificate while applying for any job. It didn’t matter that the vacancies had no match with the degree I’d obtained. As far as there was an offer somewhere, I jumped at it. Yet I didn’t stop my pursuit in finding out the path God wanted for my life. I didn’t want to live my life stuck to a job that merely paid my bills. I wanted satisfaction. I craved for fulfillment more than anything else.
Finding that path, I must confess, was a gradual one. You remember the scripture that says, the path of the just is like the first gleam of dawn and shines brighter until the full light of day? That was how my career path came into being. Right now, I’m not confused on what to do. I’m just seeking and exploring ways to expand and build my career.
If you are reading this and you wish you’d been better informed before pursuing a degree that doesn’t seem to make sense. I want to say this to you. There is hope. I have a friend who is a full time blogger and SEO analyst even though she has a degree in chemistry. A friend recently took a leap into early child education, a far cry from Botany that she spent four years studying.
The most important thing is that you are not complacent about life and you are deliberately digging to pull out those hidden deposits and abilities
Let’s go right to the tips that’ll help you discover your career path.
1 Your relationship with God is the foundation for a correct career choice.
There is hardly any post related to finding your purpose where I don’t emphasize how important it is to put your relationship with God at the center of your search.
Apart from the fact that by reason of accepting Christ our life’s pursuit must tally with his divine will, we must understand that God sees the end from the beginning, he knows exactly where we fit in. This consistent relationship helps us grow in discernment such that as we spend time with him, he begins to direct our heart to the area he planned for us to walk in.
For we are God’s own handiwork( his workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us (taking paths which he prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which he prearranged and made ready for us to live) Ephesians 2:10 AMPC.
Don’t just claim to seek God for direction, believe in your heart that God can lead you. This is not the time to give up if you are still confused on what to do with your life. Keep pressing into things of the Spirit. Light will definitely break forth.
God watches over his word to fulfill it. Here’s a scripture that has stayed with me for many years.
I will instruct you in the way you should go, I will guide you with my eyes. Psalm 32:8
Find promises from the scriptures and constantly keep them on your lips as you trust God for direction.
2. What are your strengths? Leverage on them.
What comes to you effortlessly? What makes your heart excited such that time flies while you are at it. Many times, this is how God directs. He won’t lead you to a career you are not graced for. Don’t sit down, waiting for a thunderous voice from heaven. The excitement you felt when you stumbled on an information about that area might be the prompting you need.
Before I got serious with blogging, I knew I loved to write. It came easily to me than any other task and so at a time, I began to see other blogs and read their contents and I felt the urge to take a step.
I didn’t hear any voice asking me to get a domain name and open a blog, I just discovered that every time I came across blogs, my heart would leap in excitement. The more I thought and prayed, the stronger the idea stayed in my heart.
There was a particular blog I visited every day. While on her page, my head would be full of creative ideas and I’d feel an intense desire to take a step. Almost two years down in my blogging career, I have no doubt that this is an area of God’s call in my life. As you grow in your communion with God, watch out for those nudges and your area of strengths.
3. Prayerfully key into opportunities.
When opportunities come your way and you find a nudge to check them out, why not take a step? Instead of sitting down at home and just scrolling endlessly through social media, check out what it has to offer. Be proactive. By stepping out you’ll be able to discover a part of yourself.
Many times, the things we are called to do won’t become very clear until we make a move. We learn to understand how God leads us by following the little promptings in our heart. If in the process we discover we were wrong, at least we’d have learnt to make better decisions.
Shortly after I graduated, I suddenly developed the desire to take a career in Human Resources. I can’t explain why I developed interest in that field. I was just determined to give it a shot. Since I didn’t have anything doing at that time, I decided to take a certificate course in Personnel Management. I remember going to their office in Ikeja and asking for details on the requirement. I was already excited.
Few months before I took any step in that course, I got a job as a human resource executive in a firm in Lagos and trust me, after a few months, I just knew It wasn’t for me. I felt unhappy each time I returned home. Later I discovered it was the idea of the career and not the career itself that thrilled me.
In the search for the perfect career, you might come to learn one or two things about the areas you are good at and the path cut out for you. It’s a journey.
You might touch several means before you get to the destination. I have been involved in voluntary opportunities, I learnt a language that landed me in a foreign country, I was opened to learning while I prayed more for direction. If you are truly desirous of becoming established in a sector where you’ll flourish as an ambassador for Christ, you have to be ready to take steps. Don’t sit down there waiting for God to give you a dream job with correct A.C and fat paycheck. He who is faithful in little will be faithful in much.
4. Take note of the pictures in your heart.
In my search for fulfillment, God began to put pictures in my heart. I didn’t quite fully grab the intensity of what He was saying, but I wrote them down and gradually explored the things he was showing me. It was one of the things that propelled me to taking baby steps in content creation.
Wisdom expects that you don’t ignore the pictures you see as you spend time in the place of prayer and the word.
Again, God will not come down from heaven to do the work for you. No matter how heavy and impossible the things you see, faith calls you to take a step. You must be ready to give time to research, to make the necessary moves as far as that area is concerned. Even if you have the ability to do a multiple number of things, as you spend time in intimacy, you’ll know what area you should concentrate on at a time.
5. Money doesn’t come first, purpose does.
Who doesn’t want to make money? We all want to live comfortably. We want balanced meals on our tables. We desire to live in nice apartment. We want to have enough to bless others. But as far as finding your career path is concerned, money is not the first priority. When you finally discover your career path, build with every resources you have. The harvest will come but first you must sow.
Let me end on this note;
There is a path God has destined for us to take. He seeks to plant us in different sectors and field. If at the moment, you are confused or you are in a career path that depresses you, it might be time to take out some days and spend time with God. You can find a guide to planning a personal retreat here.
Now don’t just stop at retreats, your daily communion is much more important.
It might be possible that you are in a place where it is just a means to your destination and it is time to move into the next phase for your life. it is possible you are merely experiencing burn out from work and it is causing dissatisfaction in your soul. Whatever the case, a few days away from your environment might just set your heart on course.
For those already established in their career or ministry, it is important that they keep seeking wisdom to know per time what steps to take for greater expansion and growth.