How Do You Choose a Career That’s Right for You
We focus on the inevitable… the choice of your career. A decision that may last a lifetime. How do you choose, what do you consider and see why you need not be afraid
Choosing a career is no simple task. Over the last four years, I changed between three different careers. I started off in law school, then became an English teacher, then finally became a Human Resources professional. When faced with questions, I usually tell people the truth. I changed my mind about law school, there was an extreme lack of solid teaching jobs, and Human Resources married the two disciplines in a global market.
When choosing a career, it’s important to follow your dreams, but it is more important to realize how your dreams can translate into a viable career. The first thing to do is to decide whether or not it is important for you to finish college. For some, college will not provide the skills needed for a successful business. There are many successful business people and tradesmen who never finished college. For others, college provides the foundational courses that can lead to the internships and first jobs of a student’s career.
In college it is important to choose a strong major, and then a strong backup major or minor. If I could go back in time, I would have never majored in English. Even though I loved English and couldn’t imagine majoring in anything else, I see that those who study Business Management, Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Marketing, etc. have much better jobs with much higher salaries. Liberal arts majors such as English, Psychology, History, Art, or Music are interesting and very culturally enriching, but they are not as applicable in the business world.
While you are in college, or when you are taking your first jobs after high school, it is good to do some thinking. Take some online career questionnaires and delineate what kinds of jobs you would be most interested in. Choose at least three things you would like to do.
Next, try one of the jobs. If you have an interest in Public Relations, try to get an internship at a Public Relations firm. If you are interested in Law, go to court and listen in on cases. If you are interested in Sales and Marketing, try to get a summer or part time job at a local cell phone provider or an electronics store as a sales associate.
Do not be afraid to change careers. I cannot stress this enough. If something does not work, try another job. At the same time, do not rush into things too often without first considering what your day to day activities would be. A good tip is to speak to people in a particular job to see if it is something you would like to do. Read job descriptions for your particular career role online. Look up videos of people who do that particular job. Read through formal journals and magazines.
For some people, choosing a career is instantaneous. Some know what they want to study at the age of 12 and never change their minds. Others change their college majors four times and work at six different jobs before finally finding something they love. Choosing a good career is an incredibly important experience not only because it determines your salary and status, but because the right career will give you a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment for the rest of your life.
This has been a Guukle guest post by Laura Pierson