Posted on Wednesday 22 August 2018
When we think about a job, it’s main purpose is usually just to make us some money and pay the bills kind of deal.
However, when we think about a career, there is so much more that goes into it.
Our choice of career can affect our potential income, opportunities and lifestyle. While some people fall into their dream career straight after school, many take a lot longer.
In fact, determining your dream career may begin with figuring out what you don’t like in your current role. This right here is phenomenal advice. Most people like to figure out what they like and then get stuck.
Why not reverse the game? What won't you like in a job or career? Make a list of these possible things and feel free to spend more than few days on it. Weeks if necessary. After all, this is your career that we are talking about here. It shouldn't be taken lightly at all.
Whether you are at the beginning of your working life or looking to pivot, here are some factors to consider when making decisions about your career:
Start with what you like
It seems simple, but enjoying going to work will have a huge impact on your long-term happiness and productivity. You should consider your hobbies, passions and interests to guide you toward certain industries.
Self-assessment and career-aptitude tests are a good starting point if you’re having trouble pinning it down. Of course, your chosen career doesn’t have to feel like a vacation every day (it is work, after all!), but having at least a prior interest is crucial for long-term success.
You’ll probably find that you’re already equipped with a lot of knowledge about the industry, too.
Consider your strengths
While it is important to like your career, it is equally as important to work in a field that brings out the best in you and allows you to play to your strengths. For example, you may be very interested in art and design, though if you lack creativity then working as a designer may not be the right choice.
Are you a good team player? Do you have strong maths skills? Are you good with kids? By recognizing and playing into your natural aptitudes, you will inevitably get further ahead in whatever career you choose. If you like numbers, try accounting, if you like music, try being a club or event manager or working for a music producer. The possibilities are truly endless. So rule of thumb? Figure out what you would like to try and then try finding a job around it. Or even try doing some job shadowing, that always helps.
Reflect on your lifestyle
Considering how you see your day-to-day life in the future it also a critical step in deciding upon a career path. How much money you’ll need to make, how many hours you’re willing to work and how much you’re comfortable travelling are factors to consider.
Even the simple question of whether you’d prefer to work at a desk or outdoors will greatly affect the industry you choose. Do you see yourself as a jet-setting high-flyer, or a grounded member of your local community?
These are all factors that need to be taken into great consideration.
Get some experience
Once you’ve narrowed down potential career paths, it is always a good idea to get some experience. Whether it is at an internship or a part time job, spending at least a small amount of time actually doing the job will sometimes be the best way to make a decision. If you start off as a teen, even better.
Many jobs have very different day-to-day tasks than you would expect, so trying it out and talking to people already in that career is a great way to truly understand the career path. Plus, you will hopefully make some meaningful connections with people who can help you on your way.
Work on your credentials
Different careers and occupations require different degrees and credentials. For this reason, you should be sure to research the educational requirements for whatever career you choose.
You may find that it makes sense to go back to college or take a specific accreditation to help you get ahead on your career path.
Whatever you chose to do, don't forget one thing . . . you can do it. No matter what it is.