The famous old saying “Find a job you love and never work a day in your life” means a great deal of pressure on people who are trying to choose the right career. Can you really find one a job that is so enjoyable and won’t even feel like work? Here are a few tips that can get you started.
With thousands of options emerging every day in the industry due to business and work diversity, it is difficult to choose a career option and abide by that for the rest of your life. It is important to keep yourself updated and skilled with the industrial requirements to stand out from the crowd to place yourself at a job where you can put your heart.
Before you choose a career option for yourself, one must self-introspect himself about where his interest, skills, and strength lies. It is always a good idea to follow your own interest rather than following the cliché- “what is trending or what are your friends doing?”. Following your heart and your interest type, it will always help you stand out and excel at your place of work.
To make sure about your likings and finding out your good fit, one must get hands-on experience on different job profiles through internships. You can engage in activities that would allow you to know yourself better. As there is a difference between doing theoretical concepts of school and to the practical experience of job functions.
You can also use self-assessment tools and career tests to gather information about your traits and subsequently generate a list of occupations that are a good fit. You can even work with a career counselor for a better start or other career development professionals who can help you navigate this process.
Ways to choose an appropriate and suitable career for oneself.
- Evaluate your interest
Think about your interest and try to explore that. Try to excel in that. Following your interest will help to pursue a career that will make you happy, increase chances for you to succeed, and ease your daily work. A certification in your interested field is an added benefit.
Again, an Interest Assessment Test can help you identify careers that meet your interests. Interest assessments usually ask you a series of questions about what you like and don’t like to do. Then they match your likes and dislikes to careers.
- Make a list of Occupations
You probably have multiple lists of professions in front of you at this point—one generated by each of the self-assessment tools you used. To keep yourself organized, you should combine them into one master list.
Next, find any professions on your lists that appeal to you. They may be careers you know a bit about and want to explore further. Also, include professions about which you don’t know much. You might learn something unexpected.
- Explore the professions on your List.
By this time, I am sure you will be thrilled as you managed to narrow your list down to only 10 to 20 options. Now you can get some basic information about each of the occupations on your list.
Find job descriptions, related educational training, and licensing requirements in published sources. Learn about advancement opportunities. Use government-produced labor market information to get data about earnings and job outlook.
- Speak to people from the relevant field.
Arrange to meet with people who work in the professions in which you are interested. They can provide you with first-hand knowledge about the careers on your list. Access your network, like LinkedIn, to find people with whom you can have these informational interviews.
- Identify your goals
Once you make your career choice, identify your long and short term goals. This helps to chart a course towards landing work in your chosen field. Long-term goals typically take about three to five years to reach, while you can usually fulfill a short-term goal in six months to three years.
Let the research you did about the required education and training be your guide. If you don’t have all the details, do some more research. Once you have all the information you need, set your goals. An example of a long-term goal would be completing your education and training. Short-term goals include applying to college, apprenticeships, other training programs, and internships.
This may sound like a lot of work—and it is. But it’s much easier to follow a career path when you know what you want. Taking these steps early will save you a lot of struggle and uncertainty in the long run.
Lastly, let me leave you with a very well-known quote: “It’s a beautiful thing when a Career and a Passion come together”.