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Tips On Choosing The Right Career For You.

Updated on October 20, 2009

Choosing A Career Is Daunting!

For many of us, finding a career that we think is fun is and want to do long-term is in itself a long, hard journey. But having a successful, enjoyable career is not just for the rich and famous, it's also for everyone. We are prone to look at successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey or Warren Buffet and assume that somehow they became wealthy and innovative overnight, but it truly took time, effort, and perseverance to reach their heights.  So I’d like to talk a little about how you can get started on your own path to success. There are three important points to address when you start asking, what career is right for me?

What Do You Value?

To begin, you must discover what standing and lasting values make you who you are. What is it that really interests you and what things make you want to stop as soon as you begin? Choosing a career is all about you, because if you don't know who you are as an individual, it's going to be extremely hard to convince your potential employer that you’re the right person for the job.   For some of us, family is our priority and we require a job that allows us to schedule work around family commitments. For some it may be the need to work around certain types of people, rather than others, say artists versus accountants. So sit down and make a list of the things that are most important in your life. Include as many things as you can. Discuss your list with family and friends to really help you narrow in on what most important to you.

What Are Your Strengths?

Next, you must figure out what you are good at and what brings out the best of your abilities. Obviously, if you are great at painting artwork, but really can't stand working outside in the sun and heat, then you a career as a gardener may not be for you. Do you find that you are able to break complex tasks down in to simple steps, then working in the computer programming field might be right up your alley, but maybe counseling is going to be too vague. There are many ways to figure out what you are good at, simply just by asking yourself what are your likes and dislikes, your expectations for your dream career, and what steps you would have to take to get there.   One of my favorite resources for working with high school students is Discover What You're Best At, a career interest guide written by Linda Gale. In it she talks about how to discover and develop your strengths, providing worksheets and inventories that can be very useful in narrowing down your skills, and helping select the career field that fits what you’re best at. Career websites like Monster and CareerBuilder are also great resources to help narrow the field to suit your strengths.

What Do You Love?

Last, but I believe the most important, do something you love! Never get lured into doing a job that makes you unhappy and angry at the world. There are just too many choices out there waiting for someone with your talents to come aboard.  In my mind, happiness in career and life is one of the most important things we should pursue as human beings. It’s not only good for those who spend the most time with you, such as your spouse, kids, or friends, but it is also good for your health and well-being. Sure, there will always be things that you don’t like about a job, things that will frustrate you. That’s why it’s important to be able to find a career that you can look at and still be able to say “I wouldn’t change it for anything!”

Like I said before, a great career is not just for the rich and famous, it should be for everyone. Some of us have wealthy parents and can just inherit money or work for them, while others have to work their hardest to earn a decent living. Why should it be drudgery? Put yourself on the path to a great and fulfilling career today!

Do you have any tips or suggestions that helped you chose your career? Any creative ideas that put you on a path to happiness at work? I’d love to hear your comments.  

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      8 years ago

      HI, I love this hub. It's really informative on this all-important issue of career choice. Thanks

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