First, Assess your current career
1. Take a step back. Literally get out of your chair and look around. Who is sitting there? How are you interacting with them? What is so great about this place? What do you hate about it? What bores you to death? Take a small career test for yourself.
2. Look at the things that excite you at work. Like totally get you into flow, when the world around you disappears. Write these things down.
Then, also assess the rest of your life
3. Look at the things outside of work that excite you most in life. Write these things down. And compare it with the list from 2.
4. Write down your priorities in life. Really detailed: Which things are more important than others? Rate how happy you are with each of these items on a scale from 1-10 (10=completely happy).
5. Sit down. Take 5 minutes and close your eyes in a quiet space. Think about a moment in life you were completely happy. Where were you? Who was with you? What were you doing? Write this down after going through it in your mind. You can also repeat this with 2 more peak life situations.
Find the patterns
6. Now take all the insights from the steps above and look at things that come back again and again in your notes and thoughts. These are your parameters that lie at the core of you and you need to get a career that makes you happy.
7. Look at the keywords from above. What is missing? Ask your friends, family, partner: What do they truly value in you? Write down only the things that are important and feel right to you.
Turn your insights into career paths
8. Now we start with the actual career and job search with a small career test. For a moment forget everything you have done in the past, your education, your jobs. Only look at the list of keywords. In what professional area can you find these? What are the first thoughts that come up for you? Find at least 3 different areas to explore further that are aligned with what you have found in steps 1.-7. This can be in your current career or something outside, dont think about how to get there, dream big and set your goals high!
9. Now its a big one for you: Talk to people that are working in the fields you identified in 8. Ask them about their experiences. Ask them about other related careers and things they see. Ask them about literally anything that might help you further exploring the opportunities. Talk to friends, colleagues, ex colleagues, connect with people on Linkedin and ask them if your assumptions are true and what they would suggest a person with the keywords you found for yourself.
10. What is the most daring thing you could do right now to move more towards the career you identified in this short career aptitude test? Now go out and do it! Seriously, do it.