Now that you have a better understanding of the types of careers out there and how to decide what you’d like to do, it’s time to focus on what careers might be best for you and how to attain them.
This next part of the course is going to help you make a clear career choice and help you find ways to break into the industry you desire most.
In the first module, we talked a little about your personal preferences, such as what skills you possess and what you might want to learn.
However, we are going to delve deeper into your personal preferences because they can define what might work best for you later.
Do you like being around people?
The first question you should ask is whether or not you enjoy being around people.
Most jobs do require you to collaborate with others, but if you dislike idle chit-chat, some careers may not be for you.
For example, fashion and clerical usually requires constant chatter to pass the time and work out points and goals.
Teachers also have to be around students all day, as well as hospitality workers.
Do you enjoy helping others?
If your goal is to make others’ lives easier or better by doing your job, you may fare well in the medical industry as a doctor, nurse, technician, practitioner and more.
You may also enjoy administrative jobs, insurance, legal careers and others.
Do you consider yourself to be creative?
If one of your strongest points is that you are creative, you are likely going to do well in advertising, marketing, fashion, sales, tourism, hospitality and other related sectors.
You like to think outside the box, which means you can find new ways of promoting your company and ensure that guests are comfortable.
Do you like working with numbers?
If you dislike mathematics, you probably won’t fare well in accounting, science, engineering and other sectors that require a lot of math and thinking.
However, if you do enjoy numbers, these career paths might be suitable for you.
Do you like constantly learning new things?
If you enjoy learning and helping others learn, career paths that are constantly changing might be suitable.
Teachers always learn new things and also help people learn.
However, computer industries are always changing, as well as pharmaceutical science.
Do you like things to stay the same or change often?
If you prefer that each day is simple and similar, you like routine.
Many career fields are similar from day to day, such as teaching, sales and others.
However, if you like for each day to be different, construction, healthcare and fashion/beauty may be more suitable for you.
It’s essential that you ask yourself these pertinent questions and give honest feedback to yourself.
That way, you have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and are better prepared to find careers that you will enjoy.
Research the Career Paths You Like
Now that you’ve answered some questions about what you like and desire, you should make a list of potential careers that might suit you.
Now, do more research on each of these industries to find out what jobs are available.
Create subtasks of those lists, to determine which of these jobs are most suitable for you and find statistics.
Is the demand for the job low or is it challenging to gain entry?
Do you want to take the risk or find a job that is in demand of qualified professionals?
Find out what qualifications are needed and if you need extra training or education to break into the field.
You should also consider how this career might affect you and other people in your life.
For example, doctors and lawyers tend to work long and strange hours – will you have a babysitter, or will your spouse enjoy spending a lot of time alone?
By now, you should have a good indication of what you want to do with your life and be prepared to work toward attaining it.
Whether you want to be a teacher, lawyer, or work at a hotel, it’s time to create your SMART goals.
- Specific – Identify the career that you primarily desire
- Measurable – Determine how you are going to achieve a job in that industry and how to determine your progress (get the right education, polish your CV to include essential skills, and so on)
- Attainable – Make sure that you can be successful in your endeavours (is it feasible to go back to school? Do you have the support from family/spouse to make the career move work?)
- Relevant – Is this something that you really want to do? Is it important and are you going to want the same things in the next five or 10 years?
- Time – Commit to a particular time frame and follow up with measurements to ensure that you are on task to complete it
Career Action Plan
Now that you have the goals needed to set your plan in action, it’s time to create the actual career action plan.
Make sure you are realistic about timelines and expectations.
For example, if you want to be a doctor, you should understand that it’s likely to take four to eight years to complete all the education and training.
It might be helpful to determine how you will live during the training part of your career path.
If you live at home, it might not be challenging.
However, if you have a family to support, you are likely to need to keep a job that pays the bills while attending school.
Therefore, you may need to find a university that allows you to learn online or attend night classes.
It is also important to let yourself make changes to your goals or career path.
You may sign up for college courses and realise that you are more passionate about beauty than fashion.
That’s perfectly ok and you can change your educational goals to meet your new career goals.
Things aren’t set in stone until you have completed the education for a particular job and set about finding work in your preferred field.
This is the end of the second and last module in the career planning course.
Throughout the course, we talked about career sectors, how to select the right career for your lifestyle and what steps to take to find your most suitable career!