For decades, office jobs were touted as the options that were the most financially lucrative and showed that workers had “brain power.”  But in the 21st century, the working world has gone through and is still going through many changes.  The nine to five work day is no longer seen as the most ideal way to make a living.  Being stationed at a computer and desk for eight hours per day might seem ideal for some people, but it might not be what is best for you.  In order to figure out your best work option, you need to recognize that not everyone is meant to perform the same types of job roles. Your career choice should allow you to fully use your strengths and reflect your beliefs.  If you have long since finished school, think back to which courses you enjoyed and which ones you did not enjoy.  The subjects you enjoyed studying in school are strong indicators to what you should focus on career-wise. 

Ideal Lifestyle

Your career will have a huge impact on how you will be able to fund your lifestyle and fulfill your goals.  What kind of life do you want to live?  If you want a job that allows you to have complete flexibility and control over your schedule then you should consider becoming self-employed.  Self-employment has many advantages such as being able to determine your own pay rates, create your own schedule and have more direct influence over your career.  Although there are many advantages, there are challenges to working for yourself.  Entrepreneurs are responsible for every facet of their businesses.  They need to plan ahead and stay focused on building and maintaining their companies, and that can be stressful for some people.  You need to evaluate your personality and strengths to determine if running your own business is the right choice for you.  Self-employment does not need to be a full-time career choice right away; you can start your own business on a part-time basis and eventually work the business full-time if you’d like to. 

Education And Preparation

When you are considering which career to pursue, you need to make sure that you are educated and knowledgeable about the field.  If you want to work as a doctor, be prepared to be in university for at least four to eight years.  If the vocation you hope to do requires a lot of education and training, then you must be willing and prepared to do everything possible to succeed.  You need to be aware of and be willing to accept whatever preparation you need to undergo in order to move ahead in your career.  If you are not happy with the thought of having to go through extensive training to work your dream job, then you should choose a career that will not require too much training so that you could launch your career quickly. 

Talents And Interests

If you enjoyed visual arts in school and were talented at it, perhaps you should consider a career where you can be artistically creative.  Were you passionate about studying English and History?  If you enjoy writing and educating others about events that shape today’s world, you might want to consider pursuing a career as a journalist.  If you have a passion for helping people and you are strong at maths and sciences, consider working as a nurse.  If you are currently attending school, visit your guidance and career counsellors and ask them to help you explore which careers would complement your favorite subjects.  Once you know which careers would be a good match, you can start making plans for post-secondary training that you will need to achieve your career goals. 

Use Technology

Using career websites can be helpful in exploring for appropriate possibilities.  Performing a general search on Google for subjects you enjoy and careers that are related to them will provide you with some more insight.  Make your choice wisely because your job will be a tool to help you fulfill your purpose in life as well as provide income to you and your family.  However, do not be surprised if you find yourself working in more than one career during your lifetime.  You may need to work in several different roles before you find the position that you like best.  Money should be a motivating factor with regards to choosing the right career but it is not the only factor.  Your skills, lifestyle preferences, and dreams should all factor into your decision making as you choose a career that will best compliment your life and how you want to live it.