5 Ways to Choose a Career Path

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5 Ways to Choose a Career Path

Many people who struggle with addiction have a hard time maintaining employment because of their disease.  When you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, your substance is the only constant in your life.  Most addicts and alcoholics have a rocky resume because they’ve been fired or quit endless jobs.  


Once you’ve gotten clean and sober, trying to combat your job history can be difficult.  However, most employers truly appreciate honesty.  If there’s an explanation for your less than stellar job history, reveal it.  When you begin your journey of recovery, you will find that you’re discovering many things about yourself you likely didn’t know, including likes and dislikes.  If you’re starting over with everything, including employment, you need to find a career path and narrowing down jobs you like is a great place to start.  Everybody wants to like their career.  What kind of life are you living if you choose a job you don’t enjoy?  People spend half their lives working each week, so choose something that makes you happy.  


Another important aspect of choosing a career, but not necessarily essential, is picking something you’re good at.  You don’t need to be a pro, because you can always learn.  There are thousands of schools out there and on the job training can teach you to be a master of your craft.  You should have a general idea about how things work in that field, though.


There are many internships available in each field of study.  If you’re in a position where you have financial availability to try an internship or two, it would wise.  Testing the waters in an internship is a good way to determine if you’re going to like doing that job almost every day for years to come.  If not, it’s no big deal because you haven’t invested everything yet.  


Something to keep in mind when you’re choosing a new career is to see everything as a stepping stone.  Addicts and alcoholics love instant gratification, but a career doesn’t work that way.  Good things will come to those that put in hard work, and it will take time.  No step is wasted.  Each has a purpose, whether it was a lesson learned by mistake or an intentional promotion.


If you’re still unsure what excites you and feel like you’re not good at anything, don’t fret.  Many people feel this way, especially those new to recovery.  You likely have not figured yourself out yet.  This is why there are endless tests you can take to help you along.  If you do a simple Google search of a career aptitude test, you’ll discover what you love in no time.  Whatever you ultimately choose, make sure you enjoy what you do and it makes you feel good about yourself.


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