Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, April 30, 2015
This is a great question, and it is one that people should perhaps ask themselves throughout their careers. Other responders to your question have already spent time talking about aptitude tests and following what makes you happy. I don't disagree, but I do think there is more to consider.
When you are thinking about what you love to do, what you are passionate about, what doesn't feel like work to you...perhaps also consider that you may not find a job where you exclusively do those things you are most excited about. I love being a recruiter, but I would not say every aspect of my job is a daily exercise in my greatest passions! But, I get to author job descriptions that play into my passion for writing, I get to present my ideas and best practices to all sorts of people and that plays into my passion for performance, I get to help people find a job they truly need, which points directly at my true love of serving people who have a need. I'll be honest and tell you I could live without paper work, data entry and having to tell people no sometimes. But that little bit of salt will never take away from the fact that I have seen some of my dreams come to life in an unexpected way.
If you are just starting out in your career search, there will likely be many twists and turns before you land on the right thing for you. Enjoy the ride!