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How to choose the right career for you
28 July 2017
Are you unsure about which career path to take? Do you fancy a career change? Read Stafffinders’ tips on how you can find the right career for you.
Whether you are looking to begin your career or fancy a career change, Stafffinders can offer you valuable advice as to how you can decide on the right career for you.
Given that we spend most of our time at work, it is essential that we choose a career that we enjoy. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs.
If you enjoy your job, you are more likely to be happier at work and experience high job satisfaction. This can lead to positive well-being and lower stress levels. On the other hand, if you dislike your job, you may experience lower job satisfaction and return home from work each day feeling stressed and miserable. Like Steve Jobs says, if you haven’t found a job that makes you happy, keep searching!
Tips on how to choose a career that’s right for you
By trying out the following tips provided by our REC qualified consultants, you will be one step closer to knowing which career path you would like to take.
First of all, you should consider your interests, aptitudes and personality. Once you discover what you are passionate about, you can then look at career opportunities which are suited to your interests. For example, if you like art and you are tech-savvy, you may be interested in pursuing a career in graphic design. Likewise, you should also consider your key strengths and skills, and research jobs which require such skills.
At Stafffinders, our REC qualified consultants who have a wealth of experience within the recruitment industry, can offer you consultative advice about your career options. They can help you match your interests, skills and personality to jobs and they can also provide information on salaries, market trends and career progression within the fields that you are considering. If you would like professional advice, please contact us.
Research the careers on your list
In order to make an informed decision in choosing the right career path, it is vital that you research potential careers options. Whilst a career may be suited to your interests and personality, it may be unsuitable in other ways. For instance, you may not have the required education and training and you may not be willing to or have the necessary resources to undertake such training and education.
To evaluate whether a job is suited to you, you should:
- Read job descriptions to find out what exactly the job entails including daily duties and tasks.
- Study the job’s outlook. Will you be able to find a job within this sector? Are there limited employment opportunities? Are there career progression opportunities?
- Speak to professionals within that field who have first-hand experience of working within that sector and can offer you tips and advice about pursuing a career within that field.
Other important factors to consider are the working hours and the daily tasks that the job entails. On the one hand, it is essential to consider the working hours within the industry as they may or may not suit your lifestyle. For example, whilst a chef may enjoy working within the hospitality sector, they may not enjoy having to work long hours and weekends especially if they have family responsibilities. In addition, it is essential to consider the daily tasks that the job entails. For example, a person who enjoys interacting with others and working as part of a team may not enjoy working as an optician given that they will often have to work alone in a small room.
Furthermore, another important factor to consider when choosing a career is whether the job has transferable skills. This is particularly vital since after several years of studying a specific discipline, you may discover that you don’t actually enjoy the job. A job which provides you with transferable skills offers you career opportunities in other fields.
Lastly, you should also consider whether you are willing to relocate for a job given that there are certain careers which will require you to move away from home.
Plan your career
Once you have an idea of the career that you would like to pursue, you must take into consideration what you will need to get there. Do you need to possess a certain level of experience or specific qualifications?
You may discover that in order to achieve your career goals, you may need to start from the bottom and work your way up. For instance, in order to become a Marketing Director, you may have to work as a Marketing Assistant first to acquire experience and skills. Moreover, you should also consider whether your current job or studies are relevant to the career and whether they will help you to achieve your career ambitions. If not, you may need to return to education or volunteer. The key at this stage is to plan your next step.
Gain some experience
In order to pursue a career within the field of your choice, you may have to take on an internship. By doing so, you can gain valuable work experience and useful skills, enhancing your CV and your chance of getting a job within that industry. Such internships are particularly useful for students or recent university graduates.
In addition, by taking on an internship, you will be able to evaluate whether the job is right for you. Did I enjoy it? Could I see myself in that job permanently? These are all questions which you will be able to answer if you take on an internship. If you don’t enjoy an internship, at least you have eliminated a potential career path from your list, bringing you that one step closer to discovering what you actually want to do.
Another advantage of gaining some work experience is that you can make connections and expand your professional network which can lead to further career opportunities.