How to choose a career

While some people are clear in their minds as to their career right from a very young age, most of us are not so fortunate. Confusion regarding career choice is a common problem with both the young as well as those who already have jobs. Under the circumstances, it is important to understand the different factors that help us choose the right career.

The first aspect towards choosing a career is, understanding your own self. Understanding your likes and dislikes, passions and interests will help determine whether that can be used to make money. Taking the many personality tests that are readily available today will help you understand yourself better and will help you make the right choice.

Secondly, it is important to understand the various career options that are available today. For anyone to make a correct choice, it is important to know the choices and this can be done only by exploring the internet or visiting career guidance offices in schools or colleges, where you can get a list of available careers.

Thirdly, it is important to prioritise your needs and requirements before finalising your choice. Certain interests or values may take priority over others to help you make the right choice. Therefore it is important to identify those interests or values that are definitely not negotiable in your professional life.

Lastly, by acquiring various skills you can create your own career path, depending on the skills set you have acquired or wish to acquire. This could include skills such as typing, writing, computer related skills and the like. In the alternative, interests in various subjects such as arts, history, literature etc could be pursued and a career option based on this interest could be identified.