How to Decide your Career’s Next Move

Unsure of your next career move?

‘To build a career’ is a responsible job and every one of us has to do it. It requires a lot of effort and every step should be well weighed.Today we have a lot of opportunities available to us but the quantity of choices has almost paralyzed us because we have a limited amount of time. “So, what’s the next step?” becomes the most challenging question of life!

Nowadays a whole lot of people are deciding what to do depending upon what they will get out of it! This is a wrong approach because you will have everything now but nothing in the end with life. All you need to do first is to clear your thoughts and learn about yourself. We all have different potentialities and to begin with, you need to understand them and accept them.

There is a Japanese concept known as IKIGAI’ that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.

‘Ikigai sheds light on the importance of focus, social ties, a healthy lifestyle, and a larger sense of purpose.’

Where does this originate from?

According to Hasegawa, the origin of the word ikigai goes back to the Heian period (794 to 1185). In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as “a reason to get up in the morning”; that is, a reason to enjoy life. In Japan ikigai is certainly not only applied to work. In fact, in Japan less than half of 2,000 Japanese men and women counted work as their ikigai. The life philosophy, can also be applied to a hobby or how you spend your time in retirement. And, it can evolve over time as our circumstances change.

So, you can clearly use Ikigai to be more purposeful and intentional about your professional and personal life, and set goals that really speak to your values and what’s important to you. Pursuing your ikigai is challenging and takes commitment, but should also be a boost to your well-being and encourage positive relationship.

Experts recommend starting with four questions to find the reason or purpose of life:

  • What do you love?
Realize your interest, appreciate your hobbies.
  • What are you good at?
Get some feedback as to what you are good at naturally from your friends and family and work on it.
  • What does the world need from you?
A part of the Ikigai mission is “love.” Love provides fuel for the other half of mission: “what the world needs.”
  • What can you get paid for?
Align your life with what is more important to you. Know your core values. This leads to greater fulfilment.

Finding the answers and a balance between these four areas could be a route to ikigai.

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk, crawl. But by all means keep moving.”

If you’re thinking about changing your career life but aren’t sure what do you want to do and where to start? We have a few suggestions for you to figure out your next move:

  • Take some time out to realign your core values and reconnect to your inner being. Ask yourself what is important to you in life. This could take a while but stay calm and take the pressure off of yourself.
  • Explore what brings you joy! What are your hobbies? Spend some time doing what you love or try something new.
  • As you explore your passions, move ahead with conscious awareness. If we are doing things because we feel we have to, we end up in a state of busyness and end up overwhelmed.
  • If you are still confused, find a mentor! Mentors can help you identify and work on the skills you need to succeed at work. There are various coaching centres for career development programs and also online courses that can direct you to the right path. You can enrol yourself in one!
  • Use your appraisals. Feedbacks can help us understand what we are doing well and what we need to improve.
  • Once you figure out everything, make a plan. Do some research on the company or field you are interested in. You can also connect with the people belonging to your field of interest through social networks and gain some knowledge.
  • Once you are set, prepare yourself for the interviews. Set some goals for yourself. People who set goals are far likelier to achieve big things in life. Motivate yourself! Your aim in life should be like a compass in a ship showing you the right direction.

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory”

Thinking of a career transition is not an easy task. It’s like a new journey of life. You learn new things again and grow with it. But sometimes, it is ok to not know what to do with life at times. Change can be scary but at the same time it is inevitable and it brings growth.


“Don’t let fear stop you from exploring possibilities. Remain open to whatever life presents. You may be surprised with an even better outcome than you could have imagined.”