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Five Questions to Help You Choose a Career Path

By Brenda on July 11th, 2011
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Choosing a career is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make in your life. Finding a good career fit leads to better physical, mental, and financial well-being. It’s good to research companies, careers, and majors but it is equally, if not more important, to see how your skills, personality, and interests play into what type of career you would be best at and most fulfilled in. Below we take a look at five questions to ask yourself before choosing a career:

What am I Good at?

Let’s face it…we all enjoy doing things we are good at. It provides us with a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. You’ll want to consider a career that utilizes your skills, knowledge, and talents. It is also best to get into a career that is going to further develop your strengths.

What do I like and Dislike?

If you do not enjoy helping or conversing with people it’s best not to get into customer service. If you are shy then you might want to avoid going into sales. There are thousands of jobs and there is no reason that you should work at a job that you absolutely hate. Consider the things that you like and match up those types of activities to job skills.

Why do I Want to Pursue a Particular Career?

Many people choose a career because of the things like salary or pressure from family. If these are your primary motivators it’s time to reconsider your career choices. Working at a job just for the money or because your family and friends want you to may work in the short-term but eventually that motivation will wear off and you will find yourself miserable.

Choose a career you are passionate about and you will be able to avoid the dreaded trap of career unhappiness and the expense of switching career paths. You know the old saying, “find a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”

What is the Job Outlook?

Getting into an occupation that is being outsourced or eliminated makes you feel like you’re polishing brass on the Titanic – it’s a wasted endeavor. You’ll want to choose a career that has great future potential and longevity. If you get involved in a job that is eliminated it can be emotionally draining, financially devastating, and time consuming to switch jobs or go back to school.

What Kind of Lifestyle does this Career Provide?

This question has many levels to it and isn’t just about money. You’ll want to consider things like commute length, living in a city or rural community, hours required to be successful, time away from family, and travel requirements. Of course the money is a huge consideration as well.

The first step to finding a great career is conducting some in-depth personal analysis. By answering these five questions you will be well on your way to finding a career that is right for you.

 

Category: Careers and Employment,Uncategorized