Life, as we know it, poses several challenges to us every day. More than the challenges, it is our responses that serve as major deciders on how we carve our way to success. “What Career is right for me” or “Choosing the best career path” is a challenge many graduating students face today.
I don’t know about you but I personally never focused on my career path. I joined Engineering because I believed its the most “IN” thing in those days. However, I used to wonder at times that what career is right for me?
Somehow, someway, I completed my graduation in Engineering. However, something always told me that this is not what I am made for. Today, I know what career is right for me. But, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I made and waste your time. I want you to work on yourself and answer the question that is like a nightmare for graduating students.
What Career Is Right For Me?
Here are 5 simple steps to find it out
Majority of us immerse ourselves in indecisive thoughts when asked questions such as: What do we want to do in our lives? What do we aspire to become? Who do we look up to?
For taking the first step towards finding out what you aspire to become, you should know and be who you really are.
Start off with being friends with yourself. Try to create a sense of happiness in your current state of being. Make a list. Pen down your strengths and weaknesses. Build your story; rewrite it and read it to yourself. This actually helped me choosing the best career path for myself (After graduating and doing a job i hated for 3 years)
Know yourself to improve yourself ~ Auguste Comte
Find What You Are Good At
It is said,
“When a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him. It takes less than a 5 minute conversation to find out what he is good at. Wonders will start happening if you spend those 5 minutes with yourself”
So, ponder over your reason to move forward. Things that drive you. Your passion is the main ingredient around which you should build a career. Think of a job you’d enjoy doing. Write all your options down on a sheet of paper.
Keep in view what you are effortlessly good at and keep exploring. If you look around, successful people had to leave what they were doing and started doing what they were good at. Answering “What Career is Right for me?” involves taking risks which is the first step towards your beautiful journey of success.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why ~ Mark Twain
After deciding on what stimulates your passion, revisit your self-perception; revisit your idea of you. Assess your personality and evaluate what you are good at. Take a few personality tests (MBTI or DISC Personality assessment) and jot down how your personality and your strengths can help you choose the right career path.
Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow
Expose yourself to knowledge; read books on self-help and self-management. Surround yourself with positivity. Seek advice and be open to learning from people’s stories and their experiences. You must have a go-to person, all you need to do is go one step beyond and look for a mentor. A mentor that advises you to think, rethink, challenge your ideas and seek answers to make decisions for yourself. This mentor or go-to person can definitely help you in choosing the best career path.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor
The final step towards choosing the best career path is diving in. You develop an understanding of how your strengths, skills and passion integrate to make you successful. Once you find your calling and align it with your career goals, it is time to take the plunge.
Make a list of occupations and start looking for job opportunities. Learn something new about yourself every day.
Remember, you get what you settle for. Get in the grind, strive to become good at what you do. Develop a skill set and more importantly an attitude that makes you an indispensable resource. Unless you go for all of this, you will not be helping yourself in choosing the best career path
Wonder, wander and make sure when you land in a job you love, be willing to go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.
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