This Is the Simplest Way to Figure Out What You Should Do With Your Life

TIME

themuselogoThis post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.

By Lily Zhang

When people find out I’m a career counselor, the next thing they inevitably ask is, “So, what should I be doing with my life?” I must admit: I never know what to say to this. Sure, I help people figure that out for a living, but that doesn’t mean I can offer near-strangers real career wisdom or guidance in a five-minute conversation.This situation has always stumped me—until this weekend, when I attended the National Career Development Association’s annual conference. It was a fantastic professional development experience—from networking with other career counselors to presenting at my first national conference, I can’t imagine an experience that would allow me to grow as much as the NCDA conference did. But more importantly, I learned a way to answer, “What should…

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