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Five ways to choose a career path that best suits you

Many people may be coming out of this pandemic looking for a new career path – the key is to know yourself.


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A 2018 study by the Strada Center for the Future of Work and Burning Glass Technologies found that more than 40 percent of tertiary graduates take out-of-school jobs that don’t need a degree, and more than one in five college graduates still don’t work a decade after they leave school.

Finding a career path is not only a struggle but also an unpredictable path that involves applying, researching, planning and interviewing for whatever decent job opportunities you feel will resonate with you. If you’ve graduated and still wonder how you can decide on a career path, or if you’re looking for a new direction, you’re far from being alone.

Choosing a career path

Don’t follow passion alone — follow your fit and future

To find the profession that’s right for you, first, you need to get in touch with your four Ps — passion, personality, preferences (for work pace, type of work, work environment) and principles. Identifying these will help you begin to find the career that brings you joy, and income.

Ask people who are already in the field

Many times the ideal profession may not be as it seems. One way to protect against this and better understand a profession is to interview someone already in the industry, someone you can count on to give you feedback that is good, poor and ugly. This will allow you to be educated about what the actual working atmosphere is like.

Turn your hobby into your career

It is important to think objectively about what you want it to be. Is there anything you have that excites your desires or emotions? Besides, do you have hobbies that could somehow turn into a career? Clear thinking and answering some of these questions will help you find the best path for you and out you on the right track.

Explore career sectors

Imagine what will be your ideal work sector and discover its main patterns by studying the local, domestic and global job market. This will help you discover more possible career opportunities.

There are three overarching sectors of employment. They are:

  • Private – sole traders, partnerships and limited companies
  • Public – local and national governments
  • Not-for-profit – the charity and voluntary work sector

Set achievable goals

Your first short-term objective could be to develop your CV and cover letter. Having short or medium-term objectives may be to pursue specific internships, obtain volunteer experience or attend job expos. If you find that you need some professional reassurance, make an appointment with a career advisor if you are attending a university and ask an advisor to review your career plan.

To find out more about yourself, take some career quizzes or personality tests to help direct you along the best career path.

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