Finding the right career – not just your next job – are two totally separate processes. If it’s simply finding a new job, then really, as long as you have a good work ethic, the choices are endless. However when it comes to choosing a new career path; well, that’s a whole different story.

It is my belief that for most of us, our work is our ministry. Very few people will be called into fulltime ministry, and as such what you spend your days doing is therefore a very important consideration. Taking some time to plan your career is a must. Life passes us all by very quickly, and nothing brings on a mid-life crisis quite like working hard, climbing the work/business ladder and making personal sacrifices along the way, only to realize that your ladder was in fact up against the wrong wall.

I recently read an amazing book called Enriched by John Sikkema. In his book he talks about the incredible success he had had in his business, only to realize that he ultimately did not love what he did. He went on to sell it for tens of millions of dollars and is now involved in an organization called Half Time, which helps people discover their real passion in life (Half Time making the connection that it is in mid life that people stop just trying to earn money and want to ensure there is a purpose around what they are doing).  

One of the key reasons we have launched My Christian Daily Jobs is because

So back to you: Here are some tips on how to drill down on how to select or start a new career:

  1. Spend time in prayer.
  2. Spend time in God’s Word. I heard a preacher recently say “if you want to hear God speak, read the bible. If you want to hear God speak audibly, read your bible out loud.” Wise words. God has lots to say to you, but you have to find time to seek Him.
  3. Find what you’re actually passionate about. We all need to make money, but you’ll find it’s easier – or at least more enjoyable – if you start with doing something you love.
  4. Try to find value in what you do. Even in some mundane jobs, you can often focus on how what you do helps others, for example, or provides a much needed product or service. Focus on aspects of the job that you do enjoy—even if it’s just chatting with your coworkers at lunch. Changing your attitude towards your job can help you regain a sense of purpose and control.
  5. Search the Internet for information relating to the industry you are interested in. there is information everywhere; now it’s your job to get out there and read what others are saying. And it’s not just the tertiary/training institutions serving up the information that I am talking about here. There are so many blogs written by people who are happy to give an unbiased account on what a particular course or career is all about.  
  6. Chat to others in a similar career path to get their feedback as to what the industry is like. It might sound like the dream career, but an ‘insider’ might be able to shed a different light on it.
  7. Go to career days that these institutions put on to learn more.
  8. If it’s a major career move, meaning you might be leaving behind a well-paid position to start out in a brand new field, get some key people around you who can give you some wisdom. Proverbs 11:14 says: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” KJV version.

So to find a new career, you might need to start with simply finding a job that puts food on the table and pays the bills. But my advice to you is to also work on finding a career; something you are passionate about that will get you up each morning. Spending your days doing what you love is really one of the keys to a happy, satisfied life.