Making career decisions is a challenging endeavor, whether you’re attending high school, college, or returning to the market place. No matter where you are in life, here are some tips you can follow to take the stress out of choosing a career path.
To know what your talents, skills and interests are, you need to understand yourself. What kinds of activities do you enjoy? What kinds of tasks do you do well? Has anyone commented to you that you are good at something? Is this a skill that you want to continue using? What kinds of tasks do you find stressful? Those you will want to avoid. Consider the following list of job attributes to determine the importance of each in making career decisions.
Many of the current occupations may be unfamiliar to you. Take time to do solid research to learn more about what is out there that you might like. There is plenty of information on the internet and in the libraries. Check them out and try to find a variety of different career opportunities that you can compare. Include hands-on experience as part of your comparison by volunteering or working in a temporary position to see how you like the environment. Take a class that focuses on vocational skills and helps you explore what types of jobs you are well suited for. In this way, you also can see what types of job skills you enjoy performing.
What skills do you possess? Communication skills, computer savvy and financial understanding are valuable assets in today's job market. Create a list of the skills that you think are your best assets and consider what you like to do. Listed below are some examples of what might be on your list.
On your list you will have those skills that you are highly competent and those that are less competent. Remember that you should also consider those skills you enjoy best. Use this list in making your career decisions.
Making career decisions takes time and should be carefully thought through. Choose a career in which you know you can utilize your skill set, enjoy learning new information and feel that you will be able to grow as the industry changes and you mature. Don't choose a career based on other's expectations of you but rather what you really want.