The DO’s and DON’Ts of Choosing a Career
While some people feel like they are ‘born’ to follow a certain pathway, or have an epiphany moment; the reality is that most people agonise over which career pathway is right for them.
Perhaps you are considering what to study.
Maybe you have completed your education and are looking for ways to apply it to the workforce.
Or you might have already started down one career track, but are looking to change direction.
Let us help you navigate your options!
DO consider what you are passionate about.
What do you love to do? The old adage that says ‘he who loves his work, never works a day in his life’ is pretty accurate. Think about which jobs allow you to do what you love.
If you love socializing and meeting new people – consider a job in Sales, Communications or PublicRelations.
If you’re a computer geek and proud of it – chase that IT career.
If art and drawing is your thing – explore working as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer or even an Architect!
DON’T choose what your best friend / girlfriend / boyfriend is doing.
What works for someone else, is not guaranteed to work for another. A decision made for short term reward, is unlikely to bring long term satisfaction.
DO consider the benefits and sustainability of your career choice, but don’t only think about money. Also think about:
- Work/Life Balance – is family important? Perhaps a job where you are on call 24/7 isn’t right for you.
- Job Description and Tasks – Some jobs sound glamorous but what do those people really do?Research or speak with someone in the industry to gain insight.
- Team Environment – Do you prefer to work alone or in a team? This is an important part of choosing the right job for you.
- Job Status – Do you dream of being someone of high social/political/professional status? The career you choose can play a part in this.
- Opportunity for Advancement – Are you ambitious by nature? If you envision climbing the corporate ladder, make sure you choose a pathway with clearly defined opportunities for promotion and career progression.
- Non-Financial Benefits – Do you love to travel? Do you desire flexible working hours? Do you want a job where you can learn while working? These and many other factors should contribute to your choice.
DON’T ignore your gut feeling.
If there’s a career that just keeps popping back into your mind. If your instincts tell you to make a certain choice, the chances are it’s the right one for you.
DO consider your personal ethics.
If you’re passionate about the environment, don’t work in an industry that compromises your values. If you want a work place with gender balance and equal opportunity, research your potential employers.
DON’T be disheartened if you can’t choose the career you really dream of.
There are many possible pathways for every individual. There is not job in the world that will make you happy 100% of the time – it’s all about finding the right fit for you. Don’t be afraid to intern a few different options –it’s a great way to try before you commit!