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Question:Â People keep asking me what I want to do for my next job. I donâ€™t know what I want to do, and I donâ€™t have time to figure it out. I need a job yesterday! It doesnâ€™t matter what job; I need money to pay my bills. What do I do now?
Answer: When folksÂ visiting Frederick County Workforce Services at the Business and Employment Center tell me this,Â I have a stock response: â€œMcDonaldâ€™s is hiring.â€
Usually the person says, â€œOh, no, I donâ€™t want to work at McDonaldâ€™s!â€
So maybe it does matter where you work. Maybe you donâ€™t know exactly what you want, but you do know some things you donâ€™t want. (If not, McDonaldâ€™s is hiring.)
Now thereâ€™s nothing wrong with working at McDonaldâ€™s. Itâ€™s good, honest work, and many great careers begin there. McDonaldâ€™s has taught thousands of young workers the value of hard work, punctuality and many other skills that all employers appreciate. The point is that itâ€™s important to take some time and think about what the right job is for you.
Maybe you have to take a job today to keep a roof over your head, food on the table and the lights on. If thatâ€™s the case, grab the highest paying job thatâ€™s available to you immediately (see other editions of â€œAsk the Career Coachâ€ and all theÂ Frederick County Workforce ServicesÂ seminars and materials for tips on how to do that.) But donâ€™t stop there.
While youâ€™re looking for that temporary job, and even after you find it, I recommend some soul searching. Think about what youâ€™d really like to do, even if it doesnâ€™t pay as well as what youâ€™re doing for an interim job.
There are various ways to do this. A fairly comprehensive way is to take the vocational testing available for free through Frederick County Workforce Services. â€œCareer Exploration Assessmentâ€ is held almost every week; itâ€™s paper-and-pencil testing that helps you uncover your interests, values and aptitudes (what youâ€™re hard-wired to do well.) Sign up for it at the Resource Desk in the lab. â€œMyers-Briggs Type Indicatorâ€ happens once a month; youâ€™ll need to sign up, and there is a charge for it that can be waived if itâ€™s a financial hardship. The MBTI measures your personality in four dimensions, and tells you how you are similar to and different from those with other personality types. There are also many tests online.
The really quick way to do this is to answer this question: â€œIf you could do anything at all for a job, what would it be?â€ What just popped in your mind? There may be your answer.
What if that answer was something you donâ€™t really know how to do? We may be able to help with that too. Frederick County Workforce Services can connect you with a Career Specialist to explore the possibilities. If you are a Frederick County resident, or laid off from a Frederick County business, you may even be eligible to have FCWS pay for training for that new career.
In any case, donâ€™t give up without a fight for what youâ€™d really like to do. Life is too short to spend most of it in a job you hate. It may be more feasible to get that perfect job than it appears right now.
If you donâ€™t ask the question, well â€¦. McDonaldâ€™s is hiring.