How Did You Find Your Career Path/Calling

I'm 25 years old and it's about to be three years since I graduated college and I'm nowhere near knowing what I want to do with my life. So my question is: How did you find your calling or your ideal career? Also, what did you do to go towards your goal?
  1. So, I look at what I do for fun and for free. For example, we planned a trip for my entire family to go to Columbus for my grandpa's 75th birthday. Just knowing I got to coordinate 20 different schedules to make them all in the same place at the same time gave me a huge adrenaline rush.
    I also just picked up on things people always asked for my help with: rehearsal dinners, bachelorette parties, class reunions, family reunions, etc. The world was telling me I was an event planner before I caught on.
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  2. I remember looking at a list of all of the majors a person could choose at some University and seeing which ones made me smile.
    Those few were: mass communications (hello verbal!), creative writing, public relations. Luckily PR included event planning and I made my major align with my talent. Maybe just look at a list of majors and see if anything strikes your fancy, not to go back to school, but to pursue as a career. Or take a meyers-briggs test online and see what career your personality type thrives in.
    Suggested by   @Boogie
  3. I always struggled with 'knowing my path'. A lot had to do with deep-rooted self confidence. It all became clearer when I focused on understanding myself. My path right now (and I thinnnnkkk it's my calling) is studying Psychology with the anticipation of becoming a Clinical Psychologist*. I love people and learning what makes them tick.
    *Clin. Psych / Researcher. I'm really interested in emotional cognitive psych. I'm also fascinated by trait psychology like obsessions
    Suggested by   @jessicaz
  4. Along the way, I tried a couple career-y type jobs. I think it's helpful to know the difference of something you're great at (yet might not fill your cup) and something you're innate with (that you love, yet it keeps you challenged).
    A strength doesn't always equal your path.
    Suggested by   @jessicaz
  5. I was interning for a rape crisis clinic
    And they asked some of us to help with a "safe touch" program at the elementary schools. I fell in love with working with kids and never looked back
    Suggested by   @karlalucia
  6. I realized I was unhappy and looked into what felt fulfilling
    Honestly, trying to be an actor in LA made me MISERABLE, but it had been my dream for years and years. I broke it down into what I like about acting in the first place: storytelling, Being creative, person connection, and what I felt like I was missing: intellectual engagement, current/international affairs, "making a difference." I looked into what hit all of those things (and now I'm working in immigration law, which I never ever would have thought of two years ago!)
    Suggested by   @rebeccaroanoke
  7. Thank you so much everyone!!! You all have great advice and I'm motivated to do all it takes to find my way. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  8. Remember that every single thing you do for work (the likes & dislikes) is a learning experience
    Look, I've got 10 years on you. I've had 2 careers (sales, then HR), & I gave up on both of them 2 years ago to stay home with my kids. It took me a long time to stop kicking myself for working jobs that made me good money but didn't exactly feed my soul. Ultimately, that money was what my family needed, & I'm now in a position to do right by my family and take some time to assess what I want to do next. Sometimes ruling paths out is a way to help you find the path you ultimately want
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama