Determine Purpose

What is your purpose? By this I mean, “why am I here on this Earth,” “what is my purpose in life,” etc. Answering this should help you understand as you search for a job if you are getting closer or further away from your purpose. This is the action that comes from your values.

If one of your values is caring, perhaps you believe that the reason for being is to eradicate poverty. If you believe that, getting a job at a scissor manufacturer may not feel all that gratifying to you. Dig deep here. Write down a few ideas and pay attention to how attracted you are to them. Think about the year 1900 and the year 2100. Would your answer stay the same?

If it helps any, my biggest goal in life is to leave the world better than I found it. I know that is incredibly vague. This broad goal manifests itself in different ways. For example, in this very guide for helping junior software engineers land their first job. I would also say the ongoing climate crisis is also a big focus of mine; it’s one of the biggest questions for humanity that needs answering: how do we overcome our own impacts on the earth? How I leave the world better than I found it could change in 1900 and in 2100, but ultimately that core reason for being would stay the same.