There are lots of different things to consider when you are thinking about which path to take and it can certainly become overwhelming. Believe it or not, there are lots of ideas and theories behind what makes people pick the jobs or careers that they do. Have a look at the below, and see if you prefer any of these statements…
- I wants a career that my family, friends and community respects and want them to be proud of me.
If this is you, then you might want to speak to your family and friends about their experiences of school and choosing a career and see what advice they can offer. Consider what jobs they suggest you might be suited to, but remember that everyone is different and everyone has different talents and skills.
- I want a career that suits my personality and skills.
If this is you, then you might want to consider taking a personality trait or aptitude test, such as the one that can be found at www.fasttomato.com. Try to keep an open mind when you are doing it though and remember that the types of careers that are suggested might not be available in your local area.
- I don’t mind what I do as long as it’s interesting – I expect to change jobs several times during my working life.
If this is you, then you should make sure that you are constantly aware of new opportunities and that you take advantage of networking and building new professional relationships. Try to research related events and activities and have an up to date social networking or media profile.
Regardless of your initial influences, remember that the vast majority of successful careers come from hard work and careful research and planning. You should also consider not just what career you want, but what kind of life that you want. Try asking what you value more…
- Money or free time?
- Travel or home comforts?
- Being indoors or outdoors?
- Working on your own or with others?
- Having a routine or being spontaneous?
- Being a leader or being directed?
- Being practical or theoretical?
- Career progression or stability?
- Qualifications or experience?
- Job perks or job satisfaction?