Have you ever felt like you have NO IDEA what you want to do in life? Or what kinds of things to consider when choosing a career? Yeah… don’t be afraid to put your hand up, we have all been there.
The struggle is sooo real friends! Especially when everyone around you is climbing the corporate ladder and getting pay rises left, right and centre; or they’re starting their own business and KILLING IT!
And then there’s you…still wondering what you’re going to eat for dinner, let alone wondering what the hell you should be doing with your career – yea, that was us.
So, when you’re feeling lost, feeling like you have no idea on earth what you’re doing, or where you see yourself, we’ve got your back! We’ve also included a short quiz for you at the end of this post just for a little fun to get your mind ticking. Let’s go!
4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Career
#1 “If I Could Do Anything…”
We want you to ask yourself this question. “If I could do anything, what would it be?” Don’t think about it though! Say whatever comes to your mind. You might want to be a business owner, a doctor, a musician… no one’s going to judge you here, nothing is too out there!
When it comes to your dream career, the only obstacle in your way is YOU. Okay, sometimes money when you need a hella experience degree to become a doctor for example, but there are still ways. (Stop stopping yourself…)
Your answer in response to the question above puts you on a path straight away. The point of this question is to purely get your mind thinking about the possibilities out there. Hey, if there are numerous careers you’re interested in, write them down too! It’s important to identify WHERE your interests are and start from there.
#2 How Educated Do I Have To Be?
Now, we know that sometimes our goals and aspirations may be large… and we love that! However, we also don’t want to set ourselves up for failure. So, it’s important to be realistic but optimistic in the same token – hard, but possible.
Some careers expect you to have certain level of industry experience and/or education. If your dream is to become for example, a vet tech make sure you choose a training program that is accredited and within your means to achieve. This is applicable to almost every career… some training is always needed, it’s just a matter of how much.
Now now now! Don’t think you need ALL the degrees or take ALL the courses in the world to get a career in your chosen field. You can’t JUST rely on education alone to help you with your career. You need to start making connections with people, do internships, travel, start a side hustle etc.
The point is, employers don’t just look for the smartest person in the room. If that guy or gal doesn’t have any relationship building skills and they’re just totally awkward to be around…who do you think will get hired? That’s right…you! Because you are an all-rounder who isn’t afraid to put yourself out there, meet people, build relationships, and actually show that you CAN do this.
#3 What Do I Have Mad Skills In?
Okay, so you don’t need to be an expert with mad skills, but think about it. What are you good at? Are you good at talking to people and persuading them? Perhaps consider a career in PR or sales.
Are you good at organising things? You could think about a career in project management or operations.
Are you good with numbers? Perhaps a career in accounting or finance.
We want you to write these things down. Or at least grab your phone and open your notes app. Do people always come to you for something specific? What do they ask your advice on? Or go and actually ask your friends and family what they think you’re good at as well! Just one of the many things to consider when choosing a career.
#4 Evaluate Your Attitude
Some people are just not meant to work in certain roles. For example, customer service can be INCREDIBLY frustrating and you have to have a lot of patience. Someone who is short-tempered and who hates dealing with people will NOT last very long in this kind of role.
The working world can be a massive eye-opener if you’re straight out of high school or uni. Responsibilities increase, stress levels go up and the next thing you know you find yourself crying in the bathroom wishing you could quit (this statement may or may not be based on real life).
Evaluate what motivates you as a person. If you’re totally just not into the 9-5, you may want a job with enough flexibility that allows you to build your own empire on the side.
Do you cope well with change? If you don’t then a career in project management is definitely not the career for you. Are you a relatively positive person all the time? Something that is high stress may not suit you then. One of the things to consider when choosing a career is how you motivate yourself on a daily basis, whether or not you’re a self-starter, and how you cope with different working environments.
We strongly recommend these 4 things to consider when choosing a career. Yes, they seem pretty basic at first glance, but the point is to get you truly thinking about what it is you’re good at, what interests you, and aligning that with your attitude and personality.
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