Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Career
Choosing a career is probably one of the toughest decisions in life, because you have to be highly futuristic and plan accordingly. Wrong career decisions can be daunting, and many people have committed mistakes while choosing a career. This could be either due to lack of research resources or change of mind later. A person who thought a part time MBA would suffice, because he/she didn’t want to leave a well paid job, might regret later of not doing a full time course. A person who thought music is the industry where he wants to be in, later might realise that it’s just a hobby that should be followed and not turned into a career.
The following tips will help you establish the base while making your decision. Read on.
1. What’s your work style?
Make sure you first analyse the kind of work environment you need. Are you okay working in an environment with teams, or you like working independently. Do you not like being binded by time schedules? Maybe you’re among the creative lot of people. Such things help you to decide what kind of career you will be able to stay and settle in for a long time.
2. List your talents and skill-set
Make a list of all hobbies, talents and skills that you have. Are you good with music, organisation or managing things, are you good at counselling, etc. Once you have listed everything, then strike off the ones you wouldn’t want to turn into a career. Doing what you love can be the most rewarding thing of your career. But choose very wisely. Think futuristic by keeping the next 40 years in mind.
3. Set a monetary goal
What are your goals to achieve in life? What is that you aspire to have financially? Financial factors will also help you analyse whether the career you are planning to choose is right or not. You might want to change the career decision if you feel it won’t yield enough money for your goals. Making lot of compromises might not be a favourable choice and regretting later is a bad option.
4. Be calculative
If the career you are planning to choose requires you to take an education loan, then you better be double sure about the career. It will be very difficult for you to stick around a job that doesn’t pay well, and you have a loan to pay off.
5. Consult someone in the industry
An expert advice from someone who is in the same industry will be very beneficial. It will boost your confidence as well if they recommend the career to you. Make sure you ask pros and cons, both, of the sector you plan to enter. You should be able to ask the right questions to this expert and yourself too. They will also be able to guide you on best colleges, courses, etc. For example, if you are already a graduate and plan to take up MBA, then you could ask a person who has done MBA or is in the management role of any company, about whether you should do part time MBA or full time MBA, which would be the best college, is it really very necessary for you to do MBA, etc.
6. Career counseling
If you are unable to take a decision yourself despite consulting people, analysing career choices and self research, then a counseling by a career coach might be helpful. A career counselor will ask you the right questions and counter question too, and you would be able to gauge which road to take. Additionally, this person will be an expert to guide you on what lies ahead in the career you plan to choose. Aptitude tests will clarify the situation too, at this crossroad.
7. Remain positive and patient
You need to understand that you are not alone in the race to success. Confusion always acts as a hurdle for everyone in this rat race and you will one day surely cross that, only if you are patient. Patience and positivity will let you think better and take the right decisions rather than jumping to a conclusion in a hurry. If you are at a point where you feel you don’t know completely whether you can excel in a job role or not, still wish to take the risk, then you can intern in this field and get a glimpse of the work being done and the responsibilities you will play. There’s always a way out.
Michele Greg chose career counseling as a profession after two failed attempts to make a career in other industries. She is in this profession since more than a decade now. Michele graduated in science, post which she did a part time MBA. She says she understands the crossroad at which students are and is able to guide them by asking just the right questions.