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Susan Parker

It can be scary to dive into a field and find that the gig you've gotten just doesn't "click". That doesn't make it a wasted opportunity. still do the job to the best of your ability. Then look at what you DO like about the gig.

If you have a decent manager who you can actually talk to (or maybe there's a manager elsewhere in your organization who you can talk to), then share what you're digging on and see if you can do more of that.

Join industry groups too.

Honestly, the only way to know what you really like is to try stuff. If you have an idea of what you groove on, then share what those are and what your degree is in. The community might be able to help make some suggestions.

There is a great phrase I like - choose again. It's taken me a while to get used to the idea but if I don't like something I'm doing, I look at it in the bigger picture. Am I doing mostly that? If I am, I talk to my manager to see if I can do more of what I'm more grooving on.

If the job is more of what I don't like doing and there's no way I can do more of what I enjoy, then it's time to look for opportunities elsehwere in your organization or outside your organization.

Industry and trade associations can be helpful. I'd look at your first jobs as opportunities to figure out what you do like doing. Sometimes, you'll be surprised by what you like doing that you don't expect. :) Ask me how I know....

Many of us working today have a mutlitude of different experiences. It creates interesting careers. And sometimes, you need to be able to step back and laugh. It's okay to change direction. It can be scary to do that.

Career coaching can be handy once you get working and you're trying to zone in on what you enjoy.

Answered 7 years ago

Susan Parker