How to Choose the Right Career for You
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT CAREER
Every day we are faced with different decisions to make. While some decisions can be taken with little or no deep thought, for example, deciding to take a different route home from school or planning to go see a classmate when you're less busy at home.
Other decisions might require thinking deeply – weighing your options and arriving at a conclusion, with you believing that you're taking the right step.
Being said, one of the decisions you don't want to take in a rush (without thinking deeply) as a college student, is your career. As an example, it's obvious that a job done in a rush wouldn't be perfect as one done calmly with peace of mind. Same with your career, it isn't something you want to decide in a rush, and in this article, I'll teach you what to consider before choosing your career.
Before we go ahead, a mindset I want you to let go off right now while reading this article is, you seeing college as your future, a peak or destination or seeing it as a "work."
The world we're in now is one that cares about your skills (what you can do) over what certificate you possess. So, to say, your college degree shouldn't be an achievement for you. It should be the beginning of an achievement to come later.
Here are the few things to consider before choosing a career:
The first and most important factor to consider when picking a skill, is your interest - what do you love doing? What kind of career appeals most to you?
Also, you can enroll for assessment test online, they will help you pinpoint your interest, and you might even discover something new which you've never thought of.
Some of the mistakes most college students make while picking a skill are:
A. Choosing a skill because a friend picks it and seems to be living well.
B. According to your research, you discover the skill pays well.
C. Picking a skill suggested to you by friends or family members.
Most people who follow the approaches highlighted above while choosing a skill for themselves either won't succeed in their line of career or don't achieve much success.
You should make sure you pick what you love doing. It takes passion and hard work to survive in a career and the only way to feel the passion is to make sure you're doing what you love.
2. Work-life balance:
Work-life is one of the most important things to consider before choosing a career. Some careers will take a lot your time, while some require travelling far away, and you won't be able to see your family and friends.
You need to consider if you're all right with not seeing your loved ones for days, weeks, months or even a few years. Also, if your family would be okay with not seeing you for some time.
Some careers don't require travels, but a lot of working time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Video game developers, loan officers and managers spend more time working and this may be at the expense spending quality time with your family.
You should have plans in place for balancing work + family if you know your job will take too much of your time.
3. Job demands:
Our strengths vary when managing stress; some of us manage stress better, while some of us break down when we are stressed too much.
Every job has its demand. It might be manpower, staying up late, spending too much, etc. You need to consider if you will be able to handle all demands your job will require.
There's nothing to gain from working and having to spend almost all your earnings in the hospital or seeing a therapist.
You should know what you are getting yourself into before stepping into it and if you feel you're capable enough to handle the demands, you should go for it. If you feel you aren't, then you should look for another skill you love.
3. Wages or income:
Yes, you read it right, Wages! You know I said above that you shouldn't choose a skill because of money. Well, let me explain myself.
While the wages or income shouldn't be the highest determining factor to consider when picking a skill, you should also consider it.
You want a career that will be able to cater for you and your family's need and pay back your student loan.
Even if you won't start making money immediately after venturing into a career, maybe being a startup, you need to know if the career has a great future or make sure you're providing a value.
The most important in a career is providing a value when you provide value for people; they'd always need you and buy your product or need your service.
4. Availability of the career:
Each state and countries have a trending career. It might be different in other areas of the world.
Information technology skills might be an in-demand or lucrative career in a particular country or state, while real estate in another.
Before picking, make research and find out if there are opportunities for you. You don't want a career that isn't valued, which you won't find people to employ you or patronize the service you render.
Also, you should make research and study if the career or skill will ALWAYS be in demand. Some skills seem not to have a brighter future.
It's just like someone who sells an umbrella. No one buys or ever needs an umbrella during summer. Well, for what?
Yes, some skills are like that, but they are not always in demand, you should prepare for that or avoid such skills.
5. Making the decision NOW:
Even after reading this article, you might still feel like you don't have to think about your career for now, probably because you have some years left at college.
If you are waiting to finish college before choosing a career, you may be pushing yourself for a fall.
Choosing a career isn't something to be done in a rush or out of pressure. After college, you may feel pressured to choose, maybe because your friends have chosen already, or you're being pestered by family members and friends. This might make you pick a career out of desperation (without making research or thinking it through if you like the career or not.)
Life-changing decisions shouldn't be taken in a rush. They also shouldn't be taken out of desperation or pressure, so you have to make the decision NOW. Decide what career you have interest in and would like to spend your life doing after college.
If you read this article to this extent, I believe you're already planning to decide your career. You took the first step by reading this article, now you have to decide the career path you want to choose.