What is a professional vocation? How to find it?

It is no secret to anyone that the world is constantly changing; hundreds of occupations have emerged and gained importance throughout history. However, not everyone finds it easy to find a professional vocation.

Day by day, the workplace shows us that more people are exercising unwanted professions; that is, professions incompatible with personal preferences, abilities and / or true capacities.


But why does this happen? What is the difference between having a vocation to be – or do – something, and doing it for mere convenience or circumstance? In this article, we tell you more about it.

What does it mean to have a professional vocation?

Today, thousands of young people around the world are wondering what to do after finishing high school.

But the more concrete question would be: what am I good for, and why?

Perhaps in this way, they would move towards a process of exploration of themselves, allowing themselves to get the right profession.

Unfortunately, this is not what – mostly – happens.

When we speak of professional vocation, we refer to the desire that each person has to perform in any area.

Those who study or work by vocation, do so for a matter of personal satisfaction, because they like it, and not for a fact of convenience.

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How to find the true vocation?

We often see young people who spend up to five (5) years or more, educating themselves in a certain profession, or even careers, and manage to have a degree of great merit, and then end up working in something totally different.

There are many factors by which this could happen, but in most cases it happens due to not having proper guidance.

If you are in that period of self-knowledge and want to find your true vocational orientation, pay attention to the following tips:

Identify your skills

Before choosing any profession, think about your abilities. Think carefully about the activities that you perform best and, also, those that you enjoy doing the most.

This is essential, because if for example, you are not good at numbers (or they bore you), why would you spend valuable time of your life studying a degree in science or engineering?

Envision your future

If you are able to visualize yourself practicing a profession of your interest, and the very idea generates satisfaction, you can be sure that this career is for you!

If, on the other hand, you think that “it would be fine” but you do not feel more emotion, it is best to continue exploring options.

Match your lifestyle with different professions

You may feel that you like a profession very much, but if it does not fit the way you live, that is, if it does not match your other activities, the path can become thorny.

Many times you will have to sacrifice or – at least – postpone your other tasks, in order to finish your university degree, or to exercise it. Would you be willing to do it?

Research different institutions or universities.

Review the possible institutions in which you could train, that is, those that teach the professions that catch your attention.

Even more important, review the study plans, academic programs, requirements. This can be of great help when choosing.

Assess the job market

Although it is important that the profession you choose is mainly the desired one, you must take into account what role it has in the workplace.

Find out where you could work and how satisfying it would be.

Talk to professionals dedicated to the profession of your interest.

It is always beneficial to talk with people who have already traveled the path that you propose, because although it does not mean that you have to do exactly what they do, it can serve as a reference.

Find out about the work of these professionals and ask them about their main occupations. This will give you a more objective view about it.


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