Choosing a career is perhaps among the hardest decisions one ever makes in life. The possibilities are so many but the future is uncertain and one can’t be too sure about what the passing of years will bring. However, there are simple considerations that you should make before deciding on a career path that will make it way easier to get to a decision regarding your future career.
What are your interests?
This should be approached as a very broad question and you should therefore divide it into various sub-questions. Your interest can be classified into your dream career, your hobby and what you enjoyed doing at school. Your dream career is often defied as what you would do if you had all the resources at your disposal. Your hobbies on the other hand can easily be turned into a career since many hobbies have a way of solving some problems or filling certain needs. Most people in the arts for example have carved out careers out of their hobbies and most have become quite successful at it. Lastly, you have to consider what you enjoyed at school. Most subjects translate quite easily into future careers.
What is your skill set?
This is also mildly related to you interest though not fully. While your interests involve much of what you would want to do, your skill set is what you can actually do. It starts with figuring out what you excelled most in during your school days. Most times, that area is where your skills lie. Have a thorough self-examination and consider where you excel most. Positioning your career from your skills makes it very comfortable and rewarding. This analysis should include how good you are in people skills, diagnostic skills, and technical skills amongst others. Take some time to talk to people who know you since their opinions about you maybe better informed as compared to a self-analysis.
What is your current situation?
This is basically a deep evaluation of your current state and what options are there for you. It begins with making a decision to know more about you. This is a bit difficult despite sounding pretty straightforward. Take some time off and think about what you really want. After this, evaluate your financial position, can it allow you to further advance your education or do you need a career first? It is very important to evaluate your desired field and analyze the requirements for flourishing in the career. Some jobs require higher levels of education than others. If you will need a master’s degree to succeed in finance, then you will need to acquire the same before taking the career path. Basically, this phase helps you compare your current situation with the ideal situation for your career and make decisions on bridging the gap if one exists.
How do you see your future?
Sometimes it is easy to determine the career paths that you can easily access. These are the ones that fit your skills and interests. Basically, choose a career that you can enter as soon as possible. Make sound considerations to about your financial security. Will your career path guarantee reasonable financial security? It is also important to consider how stable your job would be in your chosen career path. Does the industry evolve at a higher than average rate? Finally, get a copy of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It contains highly valuable information.