How to Choose the Right Career?

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Choosing the right career path can be difficult; however, once you have your career objective defined it will not be difficult to find the right job. With some planning, little hard work and some serious self-reflection, one can certainly set a path towards a fulfilling and fruitful career.


Below mentioned are few tips as how to choose the right career.


A. Consider Your Interests


1.    Consider your dream first. There is an old saying that if you’re trying to choose a career, you should think about what you would do if you didn’t have to work. Assuming you had a million dollars and you could do anything, then what would you do? What would be your answer to that question? While maybe not literally the best career choice for you, but it will certainly give you some insight into what you should do.


Below are some examples:


  • Consider going into audio engineering or music composition If you want to be a music star. These careers are easier to pursue. You will are more likely to get success and provide yourself a brighter future.
  • Consider getting into media broadcasting if you want to be an actor/director. You can get a degree in communications. You can also work your way up the chain either in a local news channel or in other television studios.
  • If you want to travel the world, consider becoming an airline steward or hostess. Pursue your dream of traveling the globe and this could be a great way to make a living.


2. Consider your hobbies. It is very easy to turn something you love doing or your hobbies into a future career. Many hobbies correspond to real-world needs and positions. Consider what you like to do. Evaluate how that might fit into a career.

Below are some examples:

  • If you like playing video games, consider becoming a video game programmer, designer or QA specialist.
  • If you like drawing or painting, consider becoming a graphic designer.
  • If you like sports, consider going into teaching and getting certified as a coach.


3.    Consider what you enjoyed in school. Academic subjects could translate well into future careers. Your favorite class in high school could very well launch you into your future career. You will have to be willing to work for it.

Below are some examples:


  • You could look forward to a future career as a pharmacist or a lab technician if you loved chemistry.
  • You can consider becoming an editor or a copywriter, if you liked English class.
  • You can consider becoming an actuary or an accountant or a statistician if you loved mathematics.


B. Consider Your Skills


1.    Think about what you are or were good at in school. Think about the subjects you excelled in school. Choose a career based on something you are skilled at. Though it may not be your favorite thing to do but it surely can help you excel and provide yourself a secure future.

Below are some examples:


  • Look at the examples from the previous step if you need ideas.


2.    Consider what skills you excel in. Check if you are particularly good at certain skills, like as fixing or making things. Skilled labor is often in demand and you will find it fairly easy to find work.

Below are some examples:


  • Auto repair, carpentry, civil construction, and electrical work are all skilled based jobs and can benefit people who are good at such things. At times these also tend to be stable, well-paying jobs. Other skills, such as a skill for painting, cooking, can also be easily turned into a career.


3.    Consider your interpersonal skills. There are jobs for you if your skills lie more in helping and communicating with other people. People who communicate and interact with others well can easily get places into lucrative career options. Sales and marketing, social workers, secretarial jobs all need effective communication skills.

Below are some examples:


  • Consider nursing or work as an administrative assistant or office manager If you believe more in taking care of others,


4.    Ask someone if you don't know. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see the areas in life where we excel. Ask your parents, other family members, friends, or teachers what they think you’d be good at. Their ideas might surprise you when you don’t think you’re good at anything.


C. Consider Your Current State


1.    Explore yourself. Figure out what you should do with your life. It may sometimes require you to get to know yourself better. You have to have a very good understanding of what you want if you want a career that will really make you happy and that you enjoy. For some people, this means taking some time off to decide what’s important to them.

Below are some examples:


There is nothing wrong with this, so don’t feel bad. Rather than getting knee deep in a career which makes you hate your life it’s more important that you figure your life out as early as possible,


2.    Consider your financial situation. Changing careers may hinge on your financial situation and it may alter your ability to pursue a career change. Some career paths require special schooling. Pursuing this is sometimes expensive. However, you should never feel that being poor has restricted you from getting the education you always wanted. There are lots of government programs to help you pay for schools and colleges. Many such grants, apprenticeship programs, and scholarships are available.


3.    As your career progression happen think about the education that you have. It is important to consider the education that you already have. Or education you might like to have as you begin pursuing a career. You may need to consider what you already have if finances prevent you from pursuing more schooling, if there are time limitations or other restrictions, it may also be necessary to stick with your existing high school or college. If you find that you are limited to jobs relating to the degree you already have, consult with a career counselor to find out what options are available to you.



4.    Think about returning to school. If restrictions do not bar you from pursuing more schooling, you may want to consider this option. Not everybody excels in school or needs a traditional college education. Most career paths have associated training which you can do. This will help you advance more quickly.

Below are some examples:

  • Technical colleges, for example, may be a good option for those who would prefer not to pursue a traditional education.


5.    Do more research. Consider doing more research on this topic if you are still confused. You can find more helpful information here. You can even consult with your adviser or college of choice.


D. Consider Your Future


1. Consider the careers you have easy access to. Consider what career options are available for you. Move into them easily. You could be having the skills naturally in you. Below are some examples:


\Working in the same company as one of your parents could be working. Work for a friend or in a family business if your options are limited. Choosing a career in which you can quickly enter may be your best option.



2.    Consider your future financial security. It is one of the most important things to consider. Check if the career path you’re choosing will provide you with an acceptable level of financial security. In other words, are you making enough money to support yourself and your family?


Remember, this doesn’t have to be enough money or a lot of money by somebody else’s standards. All that matters is that is it enough for you or not?


3.    Consider your future job stability. It is also important to consider a future career’s stability. Job markets fluctuate as society needs different things at different times. Certain jobs are also always in demand or could be frequently unstable. You will need to consider if the career you choose is stable enough for you and your desires for the future.

Below are some examples:


  • Many people recently went to law school and racked up often in excess of $100,000 in school debt because they thought they’d be making a very high wage in the future. However, law positions are not in demand as much the last few years and now those people have huge debts and no way to pay them.
  • Another example is working as a writer or any career based on freelance work. You may sometimes have plenty of work but there may be years when you have almost nothing. Working in this way requires a certain level of determination and discipline and is not for everybody.



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