Choosing a Career for You

Choosing a career pathA lot of people have a hard time when it comes to choosing a career. It is understandable not to know which path to take. After all, this is a big decision. You don’t want to go into a career that you don’t like.

In choosing a career path that’s best for you, you need to consider a lot of factors in your decision. Here are some of the more important considerations, along with some ideas to guide you.

Make a list of possible careers you’re interested in

Generally, most people already have an idea of which career to choose but get stuck because they don’t know if that will be the right decision. Not everyone is born knowing and believing that they’ll be in a certain profession.

Try writing your interests down on a piece of paper. What do you like to do? What do you like to watch? What do you like to read? What are your hobbies? These are some questions that can help you identify those interests.

When you have a list of all your interests, think of what careers you can pursue that are related to the interests you have. Don’t limit your list to what you know; ask your friends, family, teachers and anyone who knows you. These people may already visualize you thriving in a career you haven’t thought of yet.

Career tests

Over the years, career tests have been developed and have helped a lot of people. Consider taking a career test to help you narrow down your career choices. You don’t need to think of the test results as 100% accurate; instead, they are intended to help you evaluate and come up with a shorter list of career paths that you can take.

Talent and skills

Everyone has their own set of skills. There are things you can do better than anyone else. Aside from having a list of your interests that match certain careers, you should also take note of your talents and skills, as these will be important factors in determining your future career.

Work style and environment

You can be in career that matches your skills and interests but still end up unhappy. This is because you might be in career that doesn’t suit your work style. You won’t reach your full potential unless you put yourself in a situation that you’ll enjoy and thrive in. So, consider the work environment as part of the equation of your chosen career.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.