It can be so tempting to go after a career that promises the key to your future! Career websites that list sought-after jobs make them seem like blessings from above. And some of them probably are. But does that mean that such careers are for you?
When choosing a career path, it's important to be wise with your deliberations. Sure, you'll probably want one that can make you financially well off, but at what cost?
There are a few things to consider before making that final decision:
- Consider what you want from a career. A career is supposed to be a long-term commitment. It's essential to determine precisely what you want from yours. This is the major driving factor behind the direction to look in.
- Perhaps you have your sights set on financial wellness. That's usually a deciding factor, but is it a good idea for that to be the only factor?
- How about getting learning experience to take with you? Maybe there are developmental opportunities in one field that can allow you to excel in others.
- Do you think your personal satisfaction can come from achieving recognition? Would you feel accomplished if you're recognized for your achievements?
- Identify your skill sets. Take a moment to list the things you're good at and enjoy doing. Our Personal Branding Worksheet may help. How can you stand out from the crowd using these skills? What makes you different from the others? Are you more accurate, number-friendly, or service-oriented than anybody else?
- Does your combination of skills show flexibility and adaptability? It would be great if you could combine them for an even greater selling proposition.
- Be honest with yourself. Avoid overstating your skill sets. If you're only slightly familiar with something, avoid listing it. On the flip side, if you're good at something, develop the self-confidence to own it!
- Consider what you're passionate about at work. Remember that although you have specific goals for your career, it's challenging to make it long-lived if passion is missing.
- It's great to find a career that offers financial wellness. But if the job makes you miserable, you'll soon want to turn your back on all that money! Ensure that whatever you choose, your heart is in it. Otherwise, go into it with a very open mind.
- Remember that you can always make what you want out of what you're given. A little creativity can turn a reasonably interesting career into something spectacular.
- Determine the market for that career. What does the future look like for that field? Beware of choosing a career that has waned in popularity or demand. People's expectations change rapidly, and it's best to keep abreast of changes in your field of choice.
- Research current job market trends to develop an understanding of up and coming careers.
Your career path requires considerable thought. Your aim is to make the most out of the opportunity. Preparation can help you make the right choice. So go forward with excitement and an open mind. You will know your ideal career choice when you see it!
If you're at a career crossroads, learn more about our Pathfinders Program.