“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Most people break into a cold sweat when somebody asks the above question. That’s because many students don’t have much time to spend in career planning during their degree course. Some may be too busy working to earn money to pay their way through university, or perhaps they are mature students with young families that they need to support.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
The 3 major problems which you are not aware of
You Don’t Have Enough Information
There are literally thousands of careers out there. It’s amazing how many successful people didn’t know their dream job even existed when they were younger
You Don’t Know What You Want
There are many great jobs in the world. But there are fewer great jobs that are right for you. Making a good connection between you and a career can be tough.
You Can’t Make a Decision
You’re 99.99% guaranteed to find multiple career choices where you can shine. In this situation, it’s easy to fall into a perpetual motion machine of angst and second-guessing. “What if you don’t pick the right career?”
5 Questions which you need to ask yourself
1. What are you good at, and what do you love?
2. Are you promotion- or prevention-focused?
3. What is the best environment for your personality type?
4. What kind of lifestyle do you want?
5. Where do you want to live?
Let’s choose you a career path!
Choosing the right career is tricky. Economist Neil Howe estimates that only 5% of people find a good career match on the first try and even beyond these stats, there’s so much external pressure to land the perfect job regardless of the internal pressure which builds within you in each day passes.
But the good news is that there is a simple process which, you can perform by investing 20 minutes a day. There are also lot of applications and tests regarding this on the internet which, suggests you a list of career paths at the end of the test. Further you can use a career counselor to jump-start this stage of confusion but all above methods are built under this simple process that includes 4 stages.
The 4 Stages
This involves looking at your SKILLS, VALUES, INTERESTS and PERSONALITY and, analyzing where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
2. Opportunity Awareness
Gather information on the opportunities open to you. Check out career exploration sites, top job lists, your favorite blogs or even a new section of the newspaper. Your mission? Write down any and every job that catches your eye.
3. Decision Making
This is a critical stage which, can make the stages overlap and sometimes this stage will make you return to a previous stage. You can use following tools to overcome the struggle.
4. Taking Action
- Finding out about the employers that offer the types of jobs you are interested in.
- Search our vacancy database
- preparing applications and attending interviews
- perhaps taking aptitude tests and attending selection centers
Look what Scott Dinsmore has to say about “How to find and do work you love” below