Struggling to decide on a career to build your future around? You’re not alone. Whether you are a recent graduate, someone just entering the workforce, or looking to change careers, there are a few guidelines that can help you pick whats right for your future.
Do something you like, and the money will follow. This common saying can be misleading, and most people cannot build a career out of hobbies and past-times. Finding your individual talents is not a difficult exercise, think of recent tasks you performed both on the job and personally, pinpoint those you enjoy, and investigate careers that are based around these skills.
Where you work has a great impact on your career enjoyment. Do you prefer big cities, or small towns? Large corporate office, small branch offices, or local businesses? Company culture, an often overused buzzword, also comes into play here. Fitting into your desired employers ‘culture’, or set of workplace norms, can be the difference between loving or hating your job.
Aligning your career and personal goals is another important task. If you desire to have a large family or a lot of leisure time, high paced careers such as Information Technology or Finance may not be for you, but you may fit in low stress career such as Massage Therapy. Make sure to devote time to creating a five year plan with small goals (both personal and career) along the way. This can help you focus on small tasks to help you reach your goals, and keep you inline with your vision of the future.
If you follow these simple steps, finding your career fit will be much easier. While we may not all be able to be professional fishermen, baseball players, or astronauts, your perfect career is out there.