Career Choices: Follow the Right Road to the Work You Love

career choicesThe road of life offers many career choices. So spend some time researching the right one. Your life will be better because of a little preparation.

Work doesn’t necessarily have to feel like work. Especially if your job involves something that you enjoy doing for a living. Your career choice is a major decision that will inevitably impact the direction of your life.

It all depends on you choosing a job that fits your needs and interests.

Although money may be a motivation, it shouldn’t be your sole reason for your career choices. Instead, a number of factors should be part of your selection process, including the amount of fulfillment you get out of doing the work required of you. This will determine your well-being in other areas of your life. This is why it’s important to weigh your options carefully.

Take a look at some helpful steps to consider as you transition into a new future.

Research Your Career Choices

Nothing spells success like preparation. A good way to start looking for the career of your dreams is to conduct your own research about various industries that spark your interests. Find out general job requirements, as well as advantages and disadvantages to specific positions. Also consider comparisons found on various informative sites, such as Salary.com.

Know Your Strengths 

Make sure that you have a clear understanding of what you do best. If you’re good at self-analysis, make a list of what you’re good at and what needs improvement. You can also find out this kind of information by taking self-assessments that are often taken at career colleges, employment offices, and temporary agencies. Keep in mind that it’s important to be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. Being in denial about these areas could end up backfiring on you in the long run.

Determine Your Dislikes

Being in a career that you hate can ruin your perspective on life. As a result, your unease can begin to spill over into other areas that are valuable to you, such as family and hobbies. In order to avoid this, you should first determine what things you might not enjoy doing in a particular position. If you aren’t a people-person, for instance, it probably won’t be a good idea to apply for customer service jobs or other career choices that require individuals to directly interact with clients on a regular basis.

Consult with a Professional 

It never hurts to get outside advice. Career counselors and life coaches are trained to help individuals find careers that fit their lifestyles, as well as address additional factors that may impact their way of life. It’s important to have the support you need when it comes to making such a drastic choice that will affect other decisions down the line.

Consider Job Shadowing

Another helpful action is to look into job shadowing someone that is currently in the career that you’re exploring. Doing this will help you learn what situations you’re likely to be involved in throughout the day. From meetings and administrative tasks to presentations and interacting with clients, you’ll find out the qualities and drawbacks of your prospective choice firsthand. Plus, you’ll be able to ask questions about areas that you’re not clear about.

Apply for Internships

Many people gain some hands-on experience in the career they hope to enter by accepting an internship position. This kind of job will acquaint you with the specific tasks required. It will give you a better idea of how you would thrive in your future work environment. Internships help you determine if you’re really cut out for the career you love before you completely commit to it. They’re great to boost your work experience as well.

Become a Volunteer 

Others choose to volunteer. Although not paid, these positions still offer individuals the opportunity to find out if a career is suitable for them. They also show prospective employers that you’re willing to put in the extra effort. Finally, they could result in employment if they’re largely impressed with your contributions and work ethic.

So whether you are one of those thousand who just graduated from college and are now entering the world of work, or you are just someone looking for a change, it helps to have a strategy moving your career choices forward. Use these tips to start on a new career adventure.

 

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Steve BradyAbout the Author: Steve P. Brady is an executive resume writer and personal branding professional whose weekly work can be read at Quality Resumes. Follow Steven on Twitter.

 

 

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