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How To Choose A Career Path

If you are like most people the act of choosing a career in or after school was a bewildering experience to say the least.

How to choose a Career Path 

The world has evolved to such an extent that there are numerous new careers to choose from.

This not only complicates the initial process of choosing a career, but makes continued career alignment and development imperative.

The average person’s career will change a few times during his/her career so planning needs to be done multiple times during your career to keep you on track towards your end goal.

The act of planning your career is not a difficult task, but being proactive is key.

Here are a few guidelines to get you started:

Step 1: Figure out where you are

Review your career history to date (if you have one) and review the following:

  • Your Likes and Dislikes, Needs and Wants;
  • Examine Your Pastimes and Hobbies;
  • Make Note of Your Past Accomplishments;
  • Look Beyond Your Current Job for Transferable Skills; and
  • Career and Job Trends.

Step 2: Redefine where you want to go

Complete the following activities:

  • Set Career and Job Goals
  • Explore New Education/Training Opportunities
  • Research Further Career/Job Advancement Opportunities
  • What level of responsibility do you want to have?
  • What projects would you like to head?
  • What results do you want to achieve in your department or organisation?
  • What type of company do you want to work for (culture, size, integrity, reputation)?
  • What problems or concerns do you care enough about to focus your entire career on solving?
  • What type of environment do you want to work in?
  • What type of people do you like to work with?
  • What compensation (salary, benefits) do you desire?
  • What type of work/life balance is best for you?

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