How to Choose a Career?

The choice for a career or profession is not an easy one. If you find out you have chosen the wrong profession, it is even more important to carefully think about the next step. When the time comes for you to choose a career, you will discover that you have a multitude of options. It can be difficult to pick one, especially if you have no idea what you want to do or if many things appeal to you. Does it seem like an insurmountable task? It’s not. Yes, you will have to put some effort into making your decision, but your effort will be worth it in the end.

The career choice you make determines a huge part of the rest of your life. After all, you spend large parts of your life working. When we think about career choice, several things immediately come to mind – job description, training and education required, career outlook, and salary.

Instead of thinking what you want to do, think about who you want to be. Picture how your identity will change as the result of your decision. Are you the type of person who works for a casual, laid-back company, or the type of person who makes more money and wears a suit every day? In a way, our decisions construct our identities, so use this strategy to help you figure out who you want to be.

The first step to solving a career problem is to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.  Exploring your values, interests, and skills will help you find educational and career options that match up with your goals.  Whether you are choosing a major, searching for a job, or applying to grad schools do what makes you happy and chose something that has your heart and your interest in.

Knowing what is important to you (your values), what you enjoy (your interests), and what you do well (your skills) will make it easier for you to make a career decision.  Think of values, interests, and skills as the three legs of a stool.  You will sit more comfortably with your decision if each leg is equally strong.

If you follow your heart, seek advice on time and sought out your priorities and career options, you can successfully choose a suitable career and avoid making a big mistake.

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– Shritika Bhardwaj

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