How to choose a career
Choosing a career is not easy. However, everyone dreams of finding easily and quickly what he will do for the rest of his life. What will allow him to blossom and feel complete. But is it really possible? How do you get there if you have no idea where to start and how to proceed?
In this article, you’ll find six simple steps to help you find your career. Whether you’re just out of school and have no idea what you’re going to do for a living, or you’re already working and want to change fields, this article will enlighten you.
Let’s get started.
Identify your strengths and core values
Before you make a decision about your career, identify your strengths and values. Why? Because they will help you define the job(s) that are aligned with what you really care about. This will help you find a job that you can enjoy for the long term.
Talk to professionals (but don’t let them influence you)
There’s nothing better than talking directly to people who are already working in the field you aspire to. Not only will you learn more about what they do and see if it’s something that really interests you. But you might also discover new jobs you never would have thought of without their input. The more professionals you talk to, the more time you save. Connect with them on Linkedin, in coffee shops or at networking events. It’s a great way to learn.
Keep an open mind
Don’t think your career choices are limited based on your age, experience or education. You can jump into a new career, even if you don’t have all the prerequisites and don’t know anyone in the field. Everything can be learned. Look at the different options available to you to pursue your desired profession.
Get real-world experience
Did you know that before you commit to a career, you can try it out to see if it really interests you? Instead of committing right away and going back to school to learn the trade, you can decide to “give it a try.” Apply for internships, volunteer to help a company that is in the field you are interested in, or become a day student. This will help you make an informed decision and see if you really like the profession.
Follow your instincts
Your instincts speak louder than you think. When you are considering a certain career, what is your little inner voice telling you? How does your mind and body react? Are you tense, anxious or happy and excited? Your intuition tells you when a decision is right and when it is not. Trust yourself. Listen to your heart and head to find the career that best suits you.
Don’t be hard on yourself
Your interests change throughout your life. It’s okay to want to change careers and find something that connects with you more. Don’t be ashamed. It’s not a failure, but rather a new beginning. Almost 90% of Canadians who change careers are happier. Finding a job you like can sometimes take a little longer, and you may have to try several jobs before you find the right one. But every job you have gets you closer to your dream job. So don’t be hard on yourself. Stay flexible in the face of change and optimistic.