How to Choose the Career That's Right for YOU

BY Rebecca Brassington |
02/02/18

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” - Katherine Whitehorn

Choosing a career can be a confusing and anxiety riddled time. You may have no idea which career path you wish to take, or you could be being steered towards a certain career by friends and family and you are anxious that you want to make the ‘right choice’ in a market saturated with fellow graduates. What you need to remember is that finding a career that is a perfect fit for YOU is what matters.

You need to learn about yourself. This may initially may sound a little pointless. Surely you know all about yourself? Right? Wrong! Sit down and really take the time to think about YOU. Think about and note on paper the answers to the following questions:

  1. What are you good or skilled at, what tasks can you complete easily, or what do others say you do well? What is your personality type? Are you good with your hands, a creative person, a great communicator, or analytical? Identifying your skills and personal qualities will go a long way in helping you to identify a possible career pathway.
  2. What you are passionate about? Think about what you really enjoy doing – could this be a potential career? Research jobs in this area – there are potentially hundreds of jobs that you’re not aware of.
  3. What kind of working environment appeals to you? Would you enjoy an office environment? Would you like to run your own business? Would you like to work from home or out in the sun? Do you prefer flexible hours or Monday to Friday jobs? Would you like to explore the private industry, private practice or the public sector?

Answering all of these questions will provide you with some insight into ‘you’ and you can look to match up those traits with possible suitable career choices.

If you are still having a difficult time in narrowing down your options, not all is lost. Meet with a career advisor to discuss you potential career(s) or seek some work experience/volunteer work in your career of interest. This a great way to gain insight into any potential career and will look fantastic on your resume.

What’s next?

Remember, it will take time, persistence and hard work to get to the point where you love your job. It may not be immediate and sometimes you may spend a few years in a career and decide that it wasn’t what you expected. All experience is good experience, and you are constantly acquiring skills for the workplace.

Another way of testing to see if a career path is good for you is through internships which allow you to trial a particular career, get to know the industry and network with professionals who have experience you can learn from.

It’s not uncommon for people to change career multiple times so don’t feel that you have to stay in a career that you are not passionate about. I’ve done it, and I couldn’t be happier!

 

Are you a student worried about your prospects after graduating? Or a graduate who already knows how tough it is in the competitive job market? Readygrad is Australia’s largest dedicated employability specialist who has helped over 20,000 students – and can help you too! Our Professional Internship Program is designed to transition young professionals from study to the workplace and includes a 12 week Work Integrated Learning internship with a host company. Are you ready to chase the career you’ve always dreamed of? It’s time to shine with a Readygrad internship.

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