It’s none of those. It turns out that the secret is . . . YOU!
The first step in securing a satisfying career, which may include changing your current one, is to find out what makes you happy. It may sound elementary, but everyone is happier doing what they like. And, what they like are jobs that are consistent with their skills and personalities. For example, if you were an introvert, you probably wouldn’t be very happy with a sales job. It’s also unlikely that extroverts would excel at working alone or in smaller groups. Someone with an artistic bent would find accounting very challenging. Whereas someone who appreciates an orderly, structured environment would find accounting a perfect fit.
Whether you’re a young adult trying to find your place in the world or a more seasoned employee wanting to know if you’re moving along the right path, it’s important to understand yourself and the personality traits which will impact the likeliness of your success or failure at various careers. It’s equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick and pursue a career which you will find rewarding.