Choosing the right career is important. It gives you joy and fulfillment that you are doing what you have longed to do all your life and you are adding value one way or the other. It is also important to choose the right career path so that you can have good prospects, opportunities and a good income.
Some people say it’s not about the money. While you should not choose a career simply because of money or stipends that would accrue to you, it is also important that you are able to earn a steady income that would sustain you and family and also be able to reach out to others who may be in need. Therefore, money is an important consideration.
Here are some factors that can help you out in making that decision.
What are your dreams? What are those things that you have long imagined yourself doing perhaps from childhood? Those desires are innate and you should not despise them. They are possible pointers to a lifetime career. For example, maybe you have always dreamed of becoming a pilot, it may not be a bad idea to enroll in school to study aeronautics engineering. Or you desire to be a prolific writer; you could take up a job at a publishing company or take up a freelance job while you keep a personal blog where you post your articles. From there you can advance to writing mini-books and then bigger ones. Don’t be afraid of starting small; many great things started small.
What do you enjoy doing during your spare time or when you are alone? Do you enjoy playing video games; consider becoming a programmer who designs applications for games or software for games. Or you enjoy playing music instruments or singing as leisure; you could take it to a higher level by enrolling in music school, private tutorial or joining a choir. This could become a sustainable career path.
What were your academic strengths while in school? Did you love Chemistry and excelled in it? That may be an indicator to the fact that you would make a good laboratory scientist. If English was your strength you may consider career paths along the lines of being an editor or a copywriter. Also, being a good student in mathematics could mean you would be a good accountant because you love figures.
What are you good at doing? Get trainings on it, hone your skills and become a professional at it. This could prove to be a rewarding career of a lifetime. It could be cake making, hair making, cooking, etc. If it is cooking for example, you might consider acquiring more culinary skills of international standards so that you can compete at that level. The same applies to other skills acquisition. Acquire more knowledge, go for more training.
These include communication and interpersonal relation skills. Fields in which such skills are found include, marketing, human resource, customer service, nursing, administrative operations; social workers and office management. A very outspoken and outgoing person may find it easy to build a career in marketing or human resource.
Ask people around you
Ask parents, siblings, friends or people around you who are close to you. Since they are close to you, they may have observed your strengths and weaknesses; they can tell you things that you are gifted in and naturally good at. They can help in identifying possible career paths.
Make your research
Make your research about careers and fields available. With the advent of technology and internet, the world keeps advancing. There are new professions other than the conventional or traditional fields people knew 50 years ago. That is why you need to research; get information about available industries and fields. You can do this by searching for information through the internet; which is a very vast resource. You could also ask questions from people you know, perhaps in the career or corporate world.