Wednesday, 14 November 2018

How To Make The Right Career Choice

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Deciding on the right career is a tough decision to most of us. You’re supposed to be in this field until you retire, after all, and the more time you give yourself to excel in it, the higher your chances are of becoming successful.

Yet, an increasing number of people seem to be jumping from one career to the other instead of diving deeper into the field they’ve chosen. We become bored with things, want something new, and need other kinds of challenges.

While there's nothing wrong with choosing a different career later on, you’re still going to miss out on valuable years that could have been spent in the right one. Here is a handful of tips to make sure that you’ve come to the right decision so that you can make the most out of the time you’ve got.
First: Talk To Someone In The Industry
If you’ve been considering this for a while, you may have created a shortlist of the careers you think might be right. Some of us have two or even three choices and you need to figure out which one to go for.
A good idea is to have a chat with someone who has been working in the industry for a while - and preferably someone who knows you.
They will be able to let you in on all the secrets in terms of different areas you might like to specialise in, what a regular day of work looks like after you’ve graduated, and the skills you should have in order to succeed.
Most people are flattered to be approached by those considering a career in the field, by the way, so don’t be shy about reaching out. You might even be able to find some educational tours for college students in order to make up your mind a bit quicker.

Next: Think About Your Own Skills
While only you know yourself well enough to make the final decision, it’s always smart to spend some time on figuring out exactly what you’d like to do with your life. Your interests and skills should determine the direction you’re going on and keep in mind that you should be realistic about your options even if your ambitions are telling you something else.
In short, there’s no point trying to talk yourself into a lengthy degree if you’re sick and tired of school already. An idea, if this is the case, is to take a short year off to refresh your mind a bit and figure out what you’d like to do.
One year spent on travelling and seeing the world is, after all, a lot better than ten or twenty years spent in the wrong career field. Use this time for some proper soul searching and have a realistic chat with yourself about where you’d like to be in life - and how much work you’re willing to put into it.
That way, you’ll be able to return back home with a new view on the world and hopefully a proper plan for the next couple of years.

*Please note that this is a collaborative post*
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