Making the right career choices is very challenging for many especially the newly graduates. Most time many people often jump from one career to another and some also settle too quick to a career then later realize it wasn’t what they wanted. Some also get enticed with money, you ask them why they are in this career and their response is they are paying well, this has caused many unhappy in their jobs. There is more to a career than just money. In making long-term career choice here are my seven perfect steps.
1. It’s all about you
Before you chose anything you always want to know the impact of your choice on you. You must never forget that you are the one going to do the job. This then should prompt you to understand yourself; what are you passionate in, what is your personality like? I believe it is better to do get a job that you are passionate about even though they may pay little less than the alternative. You got to recognize that this is a long-term choice and therefore are you ready to make that commitment? Don’t make a job your self-made prison. You also have to have a career goal; who do you want to be? You can have a long-term goal for your career. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius
2. Take your time
After knowing yourself, knowing what you are passionate about and what your career goal. This calls for you to take time to think. Thinking plays a key role in your decision making, at this time you don’t require anyone to assist you in making the choice. This is because they may not understand you as you do. You have to be in a good state of mind, you shouldn’t rush just because your friend is in a certain job and gets a lot of money. While you are taking time to be open-minded in various places you can work. At this step, you don’t do consultations. While you are thinking you will become what you want. “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” —George Lucas
3. What job can you do
You have taken the time to understand why you want to get into a new career. You have to ask yourself what you can do; what skills do you have? Which sector can you work? What qualifications do you have? Maybe you are an undergraduate you should not select one that requires a PhD. You cannot also go for a tech job yet you don’t have tech skills. You need to also know the experiences you have, for instance, you may have handled a business before, this plays a major role in applying for a business manager job posting. Write down all the places you can work and the various jobs you are qualified to do or jobs in line with your skills. Make a list.
4. Find out about the jobs
After making a list of the jobs you can do. It is time to find out about the jobs in line with your career goals and your passion. You have to find out what each job requires of you; is it an office job? Is it a field job? Is it a managerial job? Or is it an overseer job etc.This is very important for you can be interested in a tech job but you are passionate about fieldwork and not office work. Find out where the jobs are offered; is the company close to you? will you have to travel or move in case you get the job? How much is each jobs’ salary? Write down all those details alongside each job written on the list.
Catch up on a similar article as I tackle the remaining 3 steps. Do you have any question? Kindly let me know in the comment below.