For those who are yet to decide what career path to tread on, for those who are at the crossroads and want to change paths and those who aspire to achieve a sense of feeling fulfilled these tips on how to make the right choice by Careermarshal may come in handy.
In an ideal world, everyone is aware of their passion and hence career path and go on to become reasonably successful and highly content with what they have chosen to pursue in life. Unfortunately an ideal world doesn’t exist. There has been a seismic change in mentality towards embarking on ‘the road less taken’ and as a result many people are okay with the fact that they might change careers multiple times in their life.
Rather than just blindly following what your parents say ; “Engineer बन जाओ, बहुत scope है।“ ,you need to analyse any path that you’re going to choose carefully before proceeding.
Here are some ideas to knock around
- What makes you stay awake at night
Since you’re going to be doing it for the major part of your day, a career should be in something you find yourself enjoying. On the other end of the spectrum are people who dread talking about their jobs. If you don’t want to end up like that, think carefully about what excites you and try to convert it into a viable career option. Food for thought: is there something you would do for free that is economically productive and fetch you compensation?
- What is your skill set?
After going through the first step, two situations can arise; You may find yourself not passionate about any specific thing ― or you have multiple passions and are confused between the two. Then your skill set forms the basic differentiator between what you should choose.
- There are tests available
If you are not able to figure out what you’re good at or passionate about, you might find yourself feeling dejected and morose at the aspect of thinking about the future. You can avail tests at college or maybe even school level. You can also take tests like Myers-briggs personality test to figure out what career path suits you. There are also skill specific tests that can narrow down a profile from a career (think: coding), extrapolate salary according to your skills and the time you invest in a job and basically help you a lot in the pursuit of a happy career.
- Pick out an internship
An internship is like the trial version of a multiplayer game. Just so that you don’t have to pay for a full-version game, you can try your hand at a shorter and free simulation of it. Similarly, if you want to try out whether a field works for you, try doing an internship in it. For a duration of about 2-3 months you’ll be able to learn about what it’s like to be in a particular career and how well you can adapt to it. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Even in the worst-case scenario (if you feel that the career is a bad choice) you can always build your network which can help you later on.
- Look for a mentor
A mentor can form the bridge between you and your dream job by providing you insights on all steps along the way. Make sure it’s someone from the field that you wish to proceed into. If there is a particular company or job you’re eyeing, you can find out who does it and politely ask if you can shadow them for a few days to see what it is like.
- Ask around
A way to discover something new and interesting in terms of career is to simply ask people what they do. A big assumption whose liberty we take is that you do meet up with people from a heterogeneous sets of careers. LinkedIn is the best place to start looking for such people.
- Follow a plan
A search will only bear fruit if you have got a clear set of objectives and timeline for it. Have a detailed blueprint of where you want to be in next 5 years and how you are going to get there.