When it comes time to choose a career, it seems that the possibilities are endless. Quite literally. With educational institutions offering degrees in everything from Bowling Industry Management to Cannabis Cultivation, choosing an occupational path can seem like an insurmountable task. After all, how can you find the perfect fit to match both your passions and your practical needs–like food on the table and clothing on your back–when you are spoiled for choice?
There is a way to determine which door is best.
The truth is that career decision-making is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it can really be broken down into two parts–knowing yourself and researching your options.
Sure, you know who you are. Sort of. But can you identify your aptitudes, your interests, and your values? If not, this is an important first step in figuring out where to begin your search. After all, if your future career path doesn’t make use of your natural abilities, doesn’t ignite your passion, and goes against everything you hold dear, you are unlikely to achieve success–and you, definitely, will not be happy.
Once you have identified your talents, your passions, and your values, you are much better equipped to select a suitable career path. In fact, you likely have a few in mind. This step involves researching each of these possibilities and determining if they are, indeed, a fit for you.
And, throughout this process, be sure to keep in touch with a Career Counseling professional. Their guidance and knowledge will prove extremely valuable.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by your career decision, take a deep breath and begin the process of learning about yourself. In a short period of time, you will discover that picking a path is not nearly as difficult as you once believed it to be. And, remember. When it comes to choosing a career, it is okay to make a mistake. If you find that your choice is the wrong fit, you can switch gears and try a new one on for size.
What advice can you offer a career seeker?
Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, avid blogger, and Certified Career Counselor. You can follow her at kimberleylaws.com.
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Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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