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How to Choose a Career That's Actually Right for You

Farrah has over 10 work years experience and has worked in the capacity of an HR personnel.

How to choose a career that's right for you.

How to choose a career that's right for you.

How to Choose a Career That's Actually Right for You

Unless you get born into an extremely wealthy family with a business empire waiting to be inherited, every one of us will get to that point in our lives where we wonder how to choose a career that's right for us.

More often than not, we will face this decision as we prepare to graduate high school, just before we proceed to college or straight into the world. At this point, if we aren't carefully guided or fail to carry out the right, extensive research on our own, we could end up missing it.

A lot of people, who never took the time to carefully decide on the career path to take, ended up with a career that became a struggle; one they found themselves trudging to each day.

Choosing the right career path doesn't have to be hard as it could happen within the twinkle of an eye. On the other hand, it could also require a considerable amount of time and effort spent planning and researching every little detail.

How to Chose a Career That's Right for You

Here are five simple steps that will help you decide on the right career path to follow:

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1. Carry Out an Assessment of Yourself

The career you end up choosing is one you're likely going to spend the rest of your life in; you will spend about 8-10 hours there every day, so you want to pick one where you'd be happy to turn up at every day.

In deciding, one of the most important things you should do is carry out a complete assessment of yourself.

You want to check things like your character strength, soft skills, personality type, your passion or interest, and your values and tick these as they match fitting occupations.

It wouldn't do to consider a career as a TV program host when your personality is more suited to jobs that operate well behind the scenes.

Some apps and websites can simplify this assessment process, and in the end, you would get paired with a few career options that are just perfect for you.

These career options should also be ones you are excited about; if you find you have zero passion or interest in any of the possibilities brought up, you should quickly strike these off your list, to avoid wasting time.

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2. Search Out Occupations that Work with Your Strengths and Skill Set

Armed with these career options, the next course of action would be to carry out extensive research so you can narrow them down to the very best for you.

Type in each career option into the Google search bar and read up the job description that comes up. This will give you a clearer picture of what is expected in each and if you would be comfortable doing them.

This screening stage usually takes time and is somewhat delicate , you should exercise the utmost care, so you don't end up screening out good choices in a hurry.

How to choose a career

How to choose a career

3. Talk to People in Your Field of Interest

This method is the fastest and one of the most effective ways to find out what your career of choice is really all about.

You should search out people who have been in your preferred field a few years and approach them, so you get a practical, hands-on knowledge of the area.

At this stage, you should be down to the last three options on the list as having more would only make this stage cumbersome and tiring.

Search out these persons and learn everything there is to know about these careers.

If possible, visit their workplaces so you get a more in-depth idea of what you'd be getting into.

4. Test the Grounds with an Internship

An internship is a great way to test out your chosen field without actually committing to it. If an area looks promising enough, you should seek out an internship, try it out for a few months to see if it's something you'd truly like or be comfortable.

If it turns out you are, you need only seek a way to make your appointment a permanent one or find employment elsewhere if your internship contract does allow for a more permanent position.

On the other hand, if it turns out you aren't entirely down with this choice, you would have gained a valuable lesson as well as, hopefully, built a few networks that will come in useful in the future.

5. Get a Mentor

Mentors are worth more than their weight in gold, and everyone should have a few.

You should pick a mentor who has spent a considerable number of years in your field of interest and also wouldn't mind taking you on as a protegee

While good mentors are hard to find, you can find one if you look closely enough, and their presence in your life would be worth the effort.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Farrah Young

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 08, 2020:

Really good tips here. I think an intership or volunteering in a sector is one way to get a feel for the area you want to work in before you fully commit.

Also people should talk to their family and friends because sometimes they can highlight areas where you shine that you might miss when you are evaluating yourself.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on August 15, 2020:

Thanks, Chandra. I'm glad the article could be of help.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 29, 2020:

Good points. Thanks.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on July 20, 2020:

@Riffat Junaid

Thanks. I appreciate you stopping by and for taking the time to comment.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 18, 2020:

Farrah, you're welcome.

Riffat Junaid from Pakistan on July 18, 2020:

Helpful tips for choosing career.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on July 18, 2020:

Thanks for those kind words @Miebakagh Fiberesima

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 18, 2020:

Farrah, this is helpful. Thanks for sharing.