How to Overcome the Problem of Too Many Career Options

Dear Too Many Options,

It sounds like you have a case of the “What do I want to be when I grow up?” syndrome. This is cute when you are 12 years old. Not so cute now that you are out of college and trying to navigate your career on your own. What if I make the wrong choice? What if I make a change and end up hating it?

This type of thinking can be paralyzing. By being so worried that you will make the wrong choice, you are shooting yourself in the foot in finding true career happiness. It sounds like you have already started thinking about what you like and don’t like about your current job. You want different “exciting and challenging” projects and to not review the same tax returns every year. That’s a great start.

Here’s my main piece of advice: You are jumping the gun the bit. First step for you is to focus on you. Not on this or that career path, this or that next job title, department or company. Focus on just you. Put career strategy and career background and practicality aside just for a little bit. What do you really want? What do you want your impact to be? It’s time to turn inward and spend some time getting to know yourself instead of looking at every different job title on Indeed.com. 

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