If you feel like you still haven’t decided on something in life, then don’t worry—we’ve all been there at some point. Whether you’re stuck at a dead-end job or you’ve recently become unemployed with absolutely no aspirations, there’s a way out of even the darkest holes. All it takes is a tiny bit of motivation and a realisation that there are countless different career paths to get involved with.

Find something you love

Let’s do a simple exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down a bunch of things that made you happy when you were younger, and then slowly work your way up to your current age. You’ll probably write down things such as video games, books, drawing, sports or even exploring. These are the things that make you happy and it’s important to take a look at what you truly love in life and build a career around it. There’s a saying that building a career around something you love is a bad decision because it becomes a necessary part of your life, and there’s a possibility that you lose your passion for it. However, this isn’t the case for everyone and it really depends on the type of job you do. For example, if you’re an artist, then getting paid to draw someone else’s art will eventually make you feel like your skills are being used for someone else and not your own purposes. However, if you were paid to draw whatever you liked, then it’s a different story and closer to a dream job.

Find a purpose in life

If you find that you don’t have many passions in life, then you may want to consider doing something that has a purpose. For example, Simply Education has plenty of job listings for teachers. Teaching is one of the more fulfilling jobs in the world because you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re contributing to the next generation. By empowering others with knowledge, you essentially give them the tools they need to be successful in the future. Other fulfilling jobs include emergency services, research and even driving public transport. Many people find joy in helping others, so if you’re in a similar position and you’d prefer a simple life of making others happy, then consider a job that has an impact on society.

Find your own way

It’s important to remember that no one should ever steer you down a path you don’t like. Find a reason to follow a new career path or relight those creative passions you used to have when you were younger. Realising what your true passions are can be difficult, but just keep in mind that you have full control over what you want to achieve in life. Whether you do it through long nights of practice or paying money to attend a school, there is plenty of assistance out there as well. You could connect with communities to help you out, you could make friends who are in similar situations, or you could get financial help for your educational needs.

Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.