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Tips on Choosing the Right Career

Updated on August 3, 2014
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Whether you're just about to go to college or you're thinking of changing jobs, choosing the right career is never an easy thing to do. There are just too many factors for you to consider otherwise you'll end up in a job or industry that you really don't care about. The result? Your happiness is compromised.

So to help you get a good start in your decision, here are some tips you can follow on selecting a career.

Start with your skills and talents.

This is perhaps the best way to begin your contemplation on which career you should take. Do a stock take of what you are good at. Can you play a musical instrument? Are you good in math? Maybe you're good at fixing your car? Sometimes you don't have to look far and wide to understand which way your future should go.

Explore all the fields as broad as you can.

It can be that you are just not aware of other fields or careers that's why you're still undecided on which one to choose. Have you heard of a mind map? It looks like a flow chart or even a family tree. The idea is you have a broad concept and from it you get everything that is connected to it. As you go further down the line you start to realize that there are so much more out there that you still don't know.

What are you passionate about?

Some people say that as long as you love what you're doing, that you will never work a day in your life. That is true, but the key here is you must know your own passions and then think of creating a career out of it.

A good example is a career in health and fitness. If you're a health buff and there's nothing else you want to do but to go to the gym and to stay fit, then you can easily find jobs in that industry.

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Consider the people you look up to the most.

Do you have someone you consider your idol or a hero? He doesn't have to be a basketball superstar or a member of a rock band. That person can be your parents, an uncle, or even a friend. What is it they do for a living? Perhaps that's one career you may want to look into. Since you already admire the person and his profession, it might also be the one for you.

Attend career seminars in your school.

These are specifically organized to help students decide on which career path they should take. Even if you don't get a clear understanding of the career you want after attending the seminar, you will at least expand your knowledge and choices. Also it will help if you consult a career or guidance counselor for the same purpose.

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Consider your personality.

Are you a people person? Then a career in sales or customer service is a great fit for you. Are you introvert? While it's hard to find a job that will not require you to interact with another individual, however there are certain jobs that lessen that. Computer programming or a job in animal care is perfect.

Where to next?

Understandably there is more to deciding on a career path than meets the eye. There are people who even spend decades on a certain job only to realize that it's not the right one for them. The important thing is you are always searching and you understand that sometimes a change is inevitable.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions. I'm sure glad I already have the right career.

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