Entering a new phase in life is exciting, and perhaps nothing is more exciting than graduating and having the chance to pursue a career of your own. However, many graduates are really not sure what career to pursue. So if you know someone who is about to graduate, make sure to tell him or her about these tips and ideas.
- It’s perfectly normal for you to not know the career for you immediately after graduation. Nothing is set in stone for you or anyone else; even if you want to be a financial analyst, there are countless opportunities you’ll discover that may really be the perfect one for you. Your experiences and choices will shape your career.
- It’s okay to change your mind and start over again. You can always change or adjust the career you’re pursuing along the way as you learn more about the industry. There is only so much that college or education can teach you; there are still things that you need to learn through hands-on experience that will help guide you in your choices.
- Ask for advice in the fields you’re considering, and ask a variety of people in the same field. You need to get more advice to use in determining what makes one choice better than the others. Not every bit of advice you get may be good, so you need to weigh the advice carefully. Ultimately, it should be your choice, not someone else’s.
- Being good at something doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the career you want or should pursue. Sure, there are some people that seem like they were born into a career—e.g., athletes and singers—but you’ll only be successful in such a career if you really want it.
- It’s okay to fail. It takes years to master a skill, so don’t expect never to make mistakes in the career you choose.
- Money or compensation shouldn’t be the sole basis of your decision. You also need to take into consideration whether the career will make you happy and fulfilled. It is entirely possible to have a career with good compensation but end up being miserable.
- Don’t give up. It might take a while for you to achieve success or fulfillment, but it’s your persistence that will eventually lead you to it.
- Finally, don’t forget to have a plan B. There are times when your decisions might not yield the desired results, so it’s important to have other options. You might not ever need to use your plan B, but it wouldn’t hurt to have one, would it?
Your career choice is be a big decision. You might not get it right the first time, but failing initially doesn’t mean that you won’t eventually succeed. Persist in what you’re trying to accomplish; sooner or later you’ll find what you’re looking for.