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Naomi Rothwell-Boyd, April 20 2022

10 Best Career Tools (2022) For When You Have No Idea What You're Doing With Your Life

"I have no idea what I'm doing with my life!"

This is one of the most common first things career coaches hear from their clients. It's also something that many people feel underneath but don't share with their friends or colleagues.

Feeling lost and stuck is experienced by thousands every day. Most people fall into their work based on a series of coincidences and short term choices when they're early in their career. Unless you studied a vocational apprenticeship or degree, chances are you also fell into your line of work based on a few key choices. It's also likely at the time you didn't appreciate how those choices would impact your path years down the line.

The problems this creates start to creep in after you've spent a few years doing the same thing and you begin to stagnate. Work feels like a drag, you can't see any progression and you feel unfulfilled. This is when most people start to look for new opportunities. But because they don't know what they want, they either get stuck in the same cycle or move from job to job without ever feeling settled. They have so many ideas but fail to discover the career that fills them with inspiration.

This perpetuates feelings of no direction and being stuck. After a while you may even begin to lose faith in your own ideas. It's a downward spiral.

The Good News!

There are resources and support out there that can help!

Summary List Of The 10 Best Career Tools For When You Have No Idea:

1) Pathfinder
2) Udemy
3) Coursera
4) Masterclass
5) Tony Robbins
6) Audible
7) Headspace
8) Panda Planner
9) MindValley
10) Freedom

But before we get to that, let me begin with some initial advice and perspective:

Be Patient

The process of self discovery takes time so give yourself permission to explore ideas without putting too much pressure on finding the right answer immediately.

Get Rid of the Perfectionism

You're never going to have all the answers and that's ok! Trying to be perfect will only hold you back from taking action.

Be Persistent

Keep moving forward even when you feel like you're not making any progress. Every step is helping you get closer to your goal.

Try New Things

Say yes to opportunities that come your way, even if they seem a little out of your comfort zone. You never know where they might lead.

Be Open Minded

Be willing to let go of your preconceived notions about what you should be doing and be open to possibilities you may have never considered before.

Get Help From Someone Else

Sometimes it's helpful to have an objective third party who can help you see things more clearly and give you guidance along the way.


Which situation are you in today?

I have so many ideas, but none feel right.

Perhaps you have no idea what you're doing with your life, but you day dream all the time. You have so many ideas but none of them feel right. Maybe you feel like you can't pursue any of them because you don't know where to start or you're afraid of failing.

I have no ideas, I'm just seriously stuck.

Perhaps you have no idea what you're doing with your life, but you day dream all the time. You have so many ideas but none of them feel right. Maybe you feel like you can't pursue any of them because you don't know where to start or you're afraid of failing.

Or you just have nothing. No ideas whatsoever. You're just seriously stuck. Every day feels like the same thing and you can't see a way out.

Both of these scenarios are incredibly common and there is hope! There are tools, frameworks and exercises that exist to help people put together some ideas when starting from scratch. In this list of tools we're providing options that work for both of these situations.

How are we defining "Career Tools"?

Let me be super clear. I'm not only recommending quiz-type tools. When I talk about tools, I have my career coach hat on. A "tool" can be any kind of framework, exercise, action, product or service that can help you find some inspiration or teach you something new you can apply.

Therefore this list is agnostic to the "type" of tool - it's not a list of 10 career quizzes. It's the 10 best platforms and services that I recommend to most people I work with.

So with that clarified, let's begin!

1) Pathfinder

Overview

Pathfinder is the career assessment developed by Tribe And Seek. My team put this career quiz together to help assess which career coaching exercises would work best for each person depending on their current situation.

Highlights

Every person's career situation is unique, so we wanted to offer a tool that avoided the generic one size fits all career advice. Instead Pathfinder diagnoses your main career bottleneck and also recommends different sets of career coaching exercises depending on your own personal situation.

It's great because all the content is based off years of conventional coaching best practices and exercises that have worked for literally tens of thousands of people. If you want some formal guidance today using tried and tested exercises then check out Pathfinder.

Pricing

Pathfinder is free - it will diagnose your primary issues and explain steps to overcome them so you regain forward progression. Some of the career coaching exercises it recommends come in paid bundles that vary depending on what the platform recommends for you.

Bottom Line

If you want free career advice today, based on real career coaching frameworks, then try out Pathfinder now.

2) Udemy

Overview

Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100,000 courses and 24 million students. Learn programming, marketing, data science and more.

Highlights

Udemy has a course for everything - including figuring out what you want to do with your life! I recommend their "Find Your Dream Career" course as a great starting point. It's comprehensive, but also very actionable. You'll walk away from this course with a much clearer idea of what you want to do and a plan to get there.

Pricing

Courses on Udemy are typically around $200, but they often run promotions where you can get them for as low as $12. I recommend waiting for a sale before enrolling.

Bottom Line

If you want to take a comprehensive course on finding your dream career, Udemy is a great option. Be sure to wait for a sale before enrolling!

3) Coursera

Overview

Coursera is an online learning platform that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs), specializations, and degrees. Courses are offered by over 190 leading universities and companies.

Some of their most popular courses related to finding a dream career are "Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life" and "The Science of Happiness."

Highlights

I love Coursera because their courses are taught by real university professors. The platform also offers a wide range of courses, so you're sure to find one that's a good fit for you.

Pricing

Courses on Coursera are typically around $500, but they often run promotions and you can usually enroll for free for the first few seminars, only then paying for later seminars to continue the course. Prices vary greatly depending on the level e.g. diploma vs Masters and by specialism.

Bottom Line

If you want to take a comprehensive course on finding your dream career, Coursera is a great option for more in-depth study.

4) Masterclass

Overview

Masterclass is an online learning platform that offers courses taught by world-renowned instructors. Their "Find Your Dream Career" course is taught by Tony Robbins and includes actionable advice for finding your dream career.

Highlights

I love Masterclass because it offers courses taught by some of the world's best instructors. The platform is also very user-friendly and their courses are very actionable.

Pricing

Courses on Masterclass are all included in a single annual sign up fee of £170. Once you sign up you have full access to everything in every category, so you can learn many different skill sets outside of your typical area.

Bottom Line

If you want to take a course on finding your dream career taught by Tony Robbins, Masterclass is a great option.

5) Tony Robbins

Overview

Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and philanthropist. He is the founder of several companies, including a nutrition company and a life coaching company. He also has a popular website where he offers free advice on goal setting and achieving success.

Highlights

I love Tony Robbins because he is an entrepreneur and best-selling author. He is also very philanthropic and offers free advice on his website.

Pricing

Tony Robbins offers free advice on his website and a whole range of different coaching courses. Each course or program offers a free induction session almost as a try before you buy. I recommend selecting the most relevant one for you and making use of the free session.

Bottom Line

If you want to take advantage of free career advice from Tony Robbins, his website is a great resource. Check it out now!

6) Audible

Overview

Audible is an online audiobook retailer and a subsidiary of Amazon. It offers over 150,000 titles to choose from, including best-sellers, new releases, and classics.

Highlights

I love Audible because it offers a wide range of audiobooks to choose from. You can also listen to Audible books on your computer, mobile device, or through their app.

Pricing

Audible books are typically $15 each, but you can get a 30-day free trial with two free audiobooks. I recommend taking advantage of the free trial and listening to two audiobooks that can help you in your career journey.

Bottom Line

If you want to listen to audiobooks about finding your dream career, Audible is a great option. Be sure to take advantage of their 30-day free trial!

7) Headspace

Overview

Headspace is a mindfulness app that offers guided meditation and mindfulness exercises. It has a free trial with limited content, but you can sign up for their monthly or annual subscription to unlock all of their features.

Highlights

I love Headspace because it offers guided meditation and mindfulness exercises. The app is also very user-friendly and they have a free trial with limited content.

Pricing

Headspace has a monthly subscription for £9.99/month or an annual subscription for £49.99/year. I recommend signing up for their monthly subscription so you can try it out and see if it works for you.

Bottom Line

If you want to try mindfulness meditation to help you find your dream career, Headspace is a great option. Be sure to sign up for their free trial!

8) Panda Planner

Overview

Panda Planner is a goal setting and productivity planner that helps you achieve your dreams. The planner comes with undated pages so you can start using it at any time, and it also has a section for reflection and gratitude.

Highlights

I love Panda Planner because it helps you achieve your dreams by setting goals and being productive. The planner is also undated so you can start using it at any time.

Pricing

Panda Planner typically costs $24.99, but they often run promotions where you can get it for as low as £19. There are now a whole host of varieties and designs so it depends on which you prefer. I recommend waiting for a sale before purchasing the planner.

Bottom Line

If you want to achieve your dreams and find your dream career, Panda Planner is a great option. Be sure to wait for a sale before purchasing!

9) MindValley

Overview

MindValley is an online personal development platform that offers courses on a wide range of topics, including career development. Their courses are designed to help you reach your full potential and find your dream career.

Highlights

I love MindValley because it offers courses on a wide range of topics, including career development. The courses are designed to help you reach your full potential and find your dream career.

Pricing

MindValley offers a monthly membership of $99 for access to everything. They also offer a huge saving of 60% on their annual plan. This is much more generous than most membership platforms at $41.60 for the entire year. I recommend using the yearly plan even if you're only interested in 1 course - it's still cheaper than the monthly plan!

Bottom Line

If you want to reach your full potential and find your dream career, MindValley is a great option. Be sure to check out their free courses first!

10) Freedom

Overview

Freedom is an app that helps you block distractions so you can be more productive. It’s great for people who want to focus on their career and find their dream job.

Highlights

I love Freedom because it helps you block distractions so you can be more productive. It’s great for people who want to focus on their career and find their dream job.

Pricing

Freedom has a monthly subscription for $8.99/month or an annual subscription for $39.96/year. I recommend signing up for their annual subscription so you can save money in the long run.

Bottom Line

If you want to be more productive and find your dream career, Freedom is a great option. Be sure to sign up for their annual subscription to save money!

Recap & Conclusion

These platforms are all great options if you have no idea what you're doing with your life. Whenever you think "I have no idea what I'm doing", they offer different services that can help you be more productive, find your dream career, and reach your full potential. Be sure to check out their free trials or promotions before purchasing anything.

Use these services to get started developing new skills, finding a new direction, build your knowledge of new areas, scratch any creative itch you might have and break the cycle of waiting for the right moment before acting. I hope this list will inspire many of you to realize that you can create your own direction and make it happen.

Thanks for reading and good luck on your journey! Leave any other suggestions in the comments below. :)

I hope you found these career tools helpful. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below! Good luck on your journey to finding your dream career!

Written by

Naomi Rothwell-Boyd

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