CAREER ADVICE: 5 Tips to help choose your career path
I know from personal experience, and I’m sure you have also, that trying to find the right career path can be an incredibly daunting experience. Thankfully, we were all born with some wonderfully unique talents and qualities, and with the help of these 5 effective tips - will help to steer you in the right direction!
1. Write down a list of all the skills you possess and how you can add value to the world.
2. Create a list of your weaknesses. Make sure you are honest with yourself and consider what sort of tasks or skills you find unpleasant, draining or feel out of your depth when doing them. These are the sort of things you wouldn't want to spend your time doing for very long and certainly not often!
3. Think about what sort of things you enjoy doing on a weekly basis. Do you often find yourself counselling your friends, getting into the kitchen to cook up a storm, exercising outdoors, surrounding yourself with nature, playing with animals, writing / journaling, reading or going to libraries, being creative? Also draw on the past and think back to what you enjoyed as a child. Were you creative? Did you love to perform? Were you always helping others? Again, write all of these things down and keep them displayed on a large sheet of cardboard.
4. Think of a range of adjectives to describe the kind of life you want. I vividly remember sitting on a plane 3 years ago and brainstorming a list of words on my phone as I thought about what I wanted my life to look like. Some words to consider are: exciting, adventurous, meaningful, creative, interesting, calming.
5. While you’re at it, also consider your core values. What is most important to you in this life? Is it your health, finding meaning and purpose, financial freedom, relationships? Make sure you know what you value most and keep this in mind so that your career is aligned.
Now, take a step back and look at your strengths and weaknesses you wrote down. See what interests you listed as an adult vs. child and also what you value most in life.
Once you have pondered over these, begin brainstorming different jobs that incorporate your skill sets, interests and support your core values, while still being open to the possibility that you might not have all the skills necessary just yet but can be willing to learn.
Remember, the field of work you choose is something that is up to you and should not depend on you pleasing others or meeting people’s expectations. Don’t choose a role purely for status or money. Financial security is important but also possible in many roles. If you love what you do and are good at it then there will be many possibilities brought to you and you will also be able to sustain your role for many years. A job chosen purely for money or status is something you will most likely come to resent if you see it purely as a vehicle to acquiring these things.
I’d love to hear from you all and let me know how helpful you found this, and if you are feeling more inspired to shoot into your new career like a shooting star!