Choosing a Career Path

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checkWhen it comes to choosing a career, everyone wants to be sure they have chosen the right path. So how can you be sure that you have chosen the right career path for yourself? While the answer to that may not be that you can be one hundred percent certain you will be happy with your chosen career for your entire working life, there are ways to ensure that you start out on a path that is right for you.

That said, the first thing to do when choosing a career path is figure out what things in life are important to you. Meaning, ask yourself some questions that will help lead you to the right career path. Some questions to ask might be “what hobbies do I enjoy doing?” or “what goals do I have for the future?” Don’t forget to include thoughts of financial goals like retirement goals or goals toward purchasing a home.

Knowing such things like what you enjoy doing will help you pick a job that you love doing, (or at the very least one that you can stand) because, let’s face it, no one likes showing up day after day to a job that they hate. In addition, knowing what you like to do with your time helps identify which skills that you possess and knowing this is important because most jobs require applicants to retain certain skills specific to that job.

As for knowing future goals, they are important to think about when embarking on a new career path because future goals often depend upon finances and just as certain goals require more money, certain jobs pay more money. Obviously, the amount of salary that your chosen career provides directly effects the kind of lifestyle you can live.

However, it is important not to get blinded by the potential amount of money any given career path might provide because choosing a career path is more than the money you can make. After all, if you do not enjoy what you are doing, at least on some level, you will not give it your all and giving it your best is the kind of attitude that will lead to promotions that subsequently lead to more money through promotions. Therefore, when choosing your career, first consider the things you like to do; then consider how much money a particular career path might provide.

By Marie Larsen