Finding an appropriate career for oneself can be one of the most challenging things a person will ever do. Not only do you have to pick a career or type of work that you would enjoy doing every, but you also must choose something that there is demand for so you can pay the bills. There is no sense in choosing a career or major that will have you being underpaid for your services.
The first step to picking a career is to investigate a variety of jobs you find interesting or sound intriguing to you. After doing this you can go through the list and make a list of pros and cons for each career path. This will help you decipher which ones among the list will be the best match.
Once you’ve narrowed the list down a bit and listed the pros and cons on some scratch paper, you’ll need to do a little research online to check which careers are in demand. After all, you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money getting training for a career that there are no available jobs in. This step is crucial to your success, so research carefully on job websites such as Monster.com or Craigslist.org to find out what the hot careers are. Note these “hot” careers and jobs on your list with a marker or highlighter.
Now you need to figure out how your strengths and skills match up with the careers you’ve listed out, and particularly with the “hot” careers you’ve highlighted or marked. If you don’t know what your strengths are, I suggest a book/system called “StrengthsFinder.” This system will help you find out your individual strengths of mind and skill via a test that is completed in about 20-30 minutes.
Knowing your strengths and skills, circle the careers that are a good fit to your strengths, are “hot”, and are in the realm of something you would enjoy doing every day. After all, why choose a “hot” career that you could do well if you would be miserable doing it? You may be technically successful in such a career but very unhappy. So work through your list carefully and make your decisions with care also.
Once you’ve done all these steps, you’ll have a better idea of your strengths and what careers will actually pay and get you hired. Now you can go forth into the world armed with confidence and useful hard data. Here’s to your success!