As far as life decisions go, your choice of career is a big one.
With most people in Brisbane working well into their 60’s, you will spend a good chunk of your life working.
If you are like most people, this is a choice you want to get right from the beginning.
And you might find yourself torn between two or more great career options. How do you settle on the right one?
Here is a guide to help you decide.
1. Evaluate Yourself
To pick the best career, you must assess yourself first.
What are your values, aptitudes, soft skills and interests? These, combined with your personality type, can help you determine which occupations would be a great fit for you and which ones would be inappropriate.
Aside from sitting down with a career counsellor, you can use online self-assessment tools as well as career tests to get an in-depth assessment of yourself.
With these, you can then generate a list of careers best suited for you.
2. Create a List
The list that you generate from your assessment will come in handy for the next step.
The different assessments you take might slightly vary. To get organised, compile all the commonly suggested career options into one master list.
Look at your list and see if there are careers on there that you are particularly interested in. Group these in two as well.
One list for occupations you are very interested in and the other for careers you are willing to consider as secondary options.
3. Explore Your Options
With a leaner list, you can now go about getting more information about the pre-selected options.
Here, look at job descriptions to see what each one entails as well as their expected remuneration.
Assess career growth prospects, job availability, required licensure, and so on.
Look at the possibility of being in a professional setting to get a realistic experience of what you should expect.
For high schoolers, you can do this for your year 10 work experience. On the other hand, college students can take up summer and post-graduation internships.
4. Carry Out Informational Interviews
With a few occupations left in your list, you can now do more in-depth research.
One way to go about this is by talking to people in those occupations. Relatives and acquaintances are an excellent place to start.
You can also join online professional communities to network with people in careers you are interested in. These can be found on platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
The goal here is to get first-hand information about the careers on your shortlist.
Aside from academic requirements, aptitudes, career development, and so on, you can also get other important insights. These include travel, remuneration, work-life balance, and so on.
Remember, a satisfying career is a combination of many factors. It’s therefore wise to get a clear picture of what you are getting yourself into well beforehand.
5. Make a Career Choice
After all the legwork and research, you will then have to settle on a career.
Make your choice based on the level of satisfaction and the kind of lifestyle it can accord you.
Similarly, pick a choice that closely aligns with both your long and short term goals.
This choice will also dictate which courses to take, which schools to attend as well as the associated financial implications.
Keep In Mind
While this is an important decision, keep in mind that your choice is not cast in stone. Many people change careers– some multiple times- over the duration of their working lives.
This realisation should help take some pressure off you. For now, find something you are passionate about and give it your best shot.