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5 Things To Consider When Choosing a Career

Choosing a career can be tough, but a little self-reflection and logical thinking can make the task a lot less daunting. A career that matches your skills, personality and interests will help you to achieve what everyone desires: happiness. Read on to find out what you should be considering when choosing a career.

How to choose a career

Happiness Is…

Using your passions as a starting point is the best way to guide your decisions when you’re considering different career paths. What makes you happiest? Is there something that you do in your spare time that you can turn into a career?  Choosing something you enjoy doing is the first step in choosing a career that is right for you. Doing something you love means work won’t always be work for you, and being passionate about what you do will make the tough times easier to get through.

Work Out Where Your Strengths Lie

Are you a number wiz? Or more of an arty type? Play to your strengths to find the career that works best for you. Having a natural aptitude for certain subjects can mean you will be more successful in corresponding jobs, for example, if you excel in English you might find your place in a newsroom. Aside from your talents, it’s also important to look at your personality strengths. Are you a larger-than-life character or a quiet introvert? Certain workplace environments suit people better and knowing yourself will help to guide you in your career choice.

It’s A Lifestyle Choice

When choosing a career it is important to look at the bigger picture. Certain careers, such as hospitality-focussed jobs, event planning or transport driving, mean long hours and working evenings and weekends. If you’re a morning person, late-night shifts might not be for you. Consider what kind of life you want to live and how your career would work in harmony with that. Your job is not your life, but it’s a big part of it. Want to be a farmer? It might be best to move to the countryside first.

COVID concerns

COVID has had a significant effect on some industries, and while most will return to their original strength, it may take years for this to happen. If you’re thinking about a career in an industry that has had significant challenges due to COVID, such as the cruise industry or theatre productions, then do some research on what the situation currently is and how many job opportunities are available.

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Learn The Ropes

Now that you know what you want to achieve, how are you going to get there? Some careers take years of study and numerous qualifications, or years of workplace experience, before you get to the level you want. Look at what you can do to get where you want to go, either in the workplace or in your personal time. Internships are a great way to break into certain industries, but remember to be aware of your worth and don’t let businesses take advantage of your passion.

Research Your Options

Now you’ve looked inward and think you know what career you want to pursue, take the time to research your options. Is your dream job working at the best advertising company in the world? Then maybe you should know what companies are at the top of their game. Once you have a list in mind, research the different companies and their values. What are they looking for and where do you fit in? Having a clear goal and idea of what employers expect of you will help you to go further in your career.

Although choosing a career path can be overwhelming, remember that it’s not the end of the world if you choose something that isn’t right for you. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to change your mind later down the road. Choose a career that stimulates you – turning your skills and passions into something even more worthwhile.

If you need assistance helping you to create your list of possible careers then check out the CareerHQ Compass.