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You have decided that you need a job, or at least a better job. How are you going to find a job that you like, that you are good at, and that pays enough to keep you satisfied?

What do you like to do? Think about your favorite hobbies, chores, games, and jobs that you have had. Make a list, of the parts of your hobbies that you liked the most, the chores you liked the most, the parts of your jobs that you liked the most and which games are your favorites. List the parts of the same hobbies, chores, and jobs that you liked the least include the games you don't like also. What does your list of likes have in common? Did you list that you liked working with people the best, or maybe it was working outdoors? Do the same thing for your list of dislikes.

Now that you have your lists, start thinking about different jobs that seem to have skills in those same areas. If you like the outdoors and gardening, think along the lines of forest service or groundskeeper. If you like plants but dislike when you have had to work in the rain, consider working in a greenhouse.

Talk to people who work in the field that you are considering. Most people will be willing to tell you about their jobs, the good parts and the bad parts. Go to job fairs near you. You will be able to talk to people from many different jobs, but beware they are trying to get you to apply for jobs with their companies, so you will probably not be able to get the downside of the jobs from them.

Keep making lists and narrowing down your choices until you have several job titles listed. Now think about how much money you need to live on, how long you plan on keeping a job in that field, and what the expected income for that field is. If you enjoy working with children, but really don't care for very young children then you would be looking for something in teaching, or maybe a recreational advisor at a children's club. What are the differences in education, pay, work hours, and consistency?

If you would not mind having three months a year off, then teaching won't bother you. If you like to build and don't worry that seasonal slumps may cut into your income, then construction maybe what you need to look at. If, on the other hand, the thought of not having a steady paycheck bothers you, then you will need to look for a field that is more consistent in pay.

What is going to provide you with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction? These are the fields that you will need to look at. Don't limit yourself. Just because a job requires some education that doesn't necessarily mean you can't work in that field. You can usually find a similar job that requires less education that will provide you with what you need in terms of self-satisfaction and earnings. You are the best judge of what you like and dislike. Use your self-knowledge to find the field that will provide you with the most happiness. After all if you love your job, you will do better at it, and your boss and you will be much happier.