Deciding on a Career Path? Here Are 7 Things to Know!

Confusion while choosing a career occurs when you lack a clear idea about your options. The resultant stress can add to the clouding of judgement. This can, however, be avoided by conducting thorough self-scrutiny and simultaneously analysing the current job market. 

Choosing a career can seem like a mammoth task. Like all other mammoth tasks, the most efficient way to troubleshoot this is to divide it into smaller tasks. First, make a list of the things you need to consider while choosing a career. Second, prioritise them systematically by lining them up in the correct chronological order. Set short-term goals so that they are easily achievable. Here are some helpful pointers. 

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1. Do I Have One or More Areas of Interests?

An ideal point to start is to consider your area of interest. This also means self-analysing and deciding how interest-driven you are in life and at work. Choosing a career can befuddle you if you are not sure of yourself.

If you have more than one area of interest, note them down serially. Not every interest can be monetised. Once you have all of them listed you can decide which would be ideal as a foundation for your career. A coach would be very helpful to help you gain clarity.

2. What Are My Skills & Capabilities? 

Skills are one of the most important factors when it comes to vocation. Being aware of what your capabilities are will make you not only confident about yourself but also offer clarity over what skills could be developed to become a better competitor in a job market. 

It is also necessary to be well aware of your skills so that you can list them down in your curriculum vitae that’s necessary for your job profile alongside your portfolio. Remember, not having a skill is not an obstacle. As long as you know about it, you can always train yourself to be better. 

What Is My Level Of Education? 

Education is another founding factor when it comes to career selection. This is why it is so important to think about future job options even while pursuing an academic course. Journeys are made purposeful by setting a destination. Similarly, your educational endeavour can be a rewarding experience when it has a good career as its destination point.

A good career is also what makes the allocation of funds towards education fruitful because you have an estimate of the returns. Nevertheless, do not worry if you are way past your educational life and looking for jobs presently. All you need to do is consider what your level of education is and how it can help you land a good job. 

What Are My Principles/Work Ethics? 

Your values, principles and work ethics are what make you exclusive and irreplaceable as an employee. Among other things, it takes into account your approach towards work- if you function well in stressful situations or are you most efficient in a stress-free environment. 

Thus, it is important to check up not only on the work ethics and values of the company you want to work for but also your principles. If these two match, you might have the most wonderful experience of your life. However, if they do not, you might feel stuck in a work environment that does not help you grow as a person. 

Are There Many Jobs I Can Choose From? 

Analyzing the job market is one of the most indispensable steps while considering career options. It is advisable to start as early as possible. When you are deciding upon a course to study, keep an eye on the availability of jobs in that field. 

Having more options means you can reduce the pressure upon yourself, to begin with. It also implies that once you land a few many jobs, your demand as a candidate increases. This might also get reflected as a positive influence upon your future salary and enhance your prospects. 

What Are My Financial Goals? 

Goals offer purpose to living. But financial goals are more than that. Other than making you purposeful, it also regulates your monetary habits. As such it is important to set out personal goals judiciously. 

Your mindfulness while setting financial goals can come in handy while choosing a career. You might have short term or long term goals. Based on that, you can apply for jobs after considering their salary structure and thereby, formulate a plan of action for achieving your dreams.

Is My Living Style Compatible With My Career Option(s)?

You can expect life to not remain the same before and after employment. Nevertheless, you might want to consider jobs that are compatible with your current lifestyle. The other option is to be open to changing your lifestyle according to your job requirement. 

You can start by asking questions like – is the job shift manageable or will it be too inconvenient for you? Carefully examine if you are comfortable with the job role. Some jobs require you to travel frequently. In that case, you can ask yourself if you are up for it. 


Bottom Line

In this capitalistic world, work and leisure are often segregated from each other. We tend to forget that enjoying your work can render you stress-free and make life ten times better. Choose a career that, while yielding desired returns, will not hamper your mental peace or restrict personal growth.

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