I just got back from a wonderful long weekend in NYC, where I saw the Sunday matinee of Avenue Q. After the show, I was left with one thought: what’s my purpose?
Avenue Q is about a recent college graduate who moves to NYC with a job in hand and moves onto Avenue Q, the only neighborhood he can afford. Before his first day, he finds himself suddenly jobless. While definitely a tough situation to find yourself in, he saw it as an opportunity to find his purpose–the reason he was put on this Earth and what he was meant to achieve.
Even after all the song, dance and laughs, in the show, I left with this question in my head: what’s my purpose? This is a deep and hard question that many people, including myself, struggle to answer and a question with no permanent answer. I decided to narrow it down by first thinking about what I WASN’T meant to do.
Evaluating what’s NOT my purpose
I was able to evaluate what’s not my purpose by thinking back over my experiences and recalling different situations where I was doing different things and evaluating how well I did, how I felt and how it had impacted me. For me, I thought about classes that I took in college, different internships I did, volunteer trips I had participated on and the current work I am doing. Within each of those different areas, I thought about what I was good at and what I wasn’t so good at.
I thought about what I really loved about it and what I wished I never had to do again. I gave a lot of weight to how I felt during the experiences as well: was I happy and excited and motivated or was I dragging, anxious and disengaged? All of these questions helped me add to the “NOT MY PURPOSE” list. But again, it begs the question–what is my purpose?
Continuous evaluation of my purpose
I’m still figuring that out. It’s a system of constant review and questioning–and for all I know, I may never figure it out. But it does help ensure that I spend my time wisely and optimized more than not.
Evaluating YOUR purpose
Giving thought to your purpose can help guide you down the right career path for you and lead you to your purpose (if you haven’t found yours yet either). Whether you’re getting ready to head to college, looking for a first internship, searching for a full-time job, or are already started on your career path–what would you say your purpose is?
Sejal is a Recruitment Marketing Project Manager at Intel. She is part of the team that is responsible for Intel’s global employment brand. This team helps connect candidates with Intel and Intel with candidates using channels such as the Jobs at Intel web site, the Life at Intel microsite and other Web 2.0 channels. Sejal specifically manages theJobs at Intel Blog and Intel’s recruitment Facebook strategy. Originally from Toronto, Ontario (yes—a real, breathing Canadian!), Sejal graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelor’s in Communications before starting at Intel in 2008. When she’s not working, you’ll find Sejal working at crossing things off of her Bucket List (which includes skydiving, reading 1000 books and traveling the world), eating cupcakes or spending time with family and friends. To learn more about opportunities with Intel, visit intel.com/jobs, follow Intel on Twitter @JobsatIntel or check out the Jobs@Intel blog!