Whether you are a new college grad or an experienced person sulking in your current profession, choosing a new career is not a cake-walk. It requires a thorough understanding about a lot of things. You need to understand yourself and the market trends to know what you are actually looking for. An organized thought in this direction would certainly help you do this.
We have set upon a few questions that would help you sort out your thoughts. Answering these simple questions will help you land in your dream job.
What is your personality?
Look at what you love doing during your leisure time. If you have a Saturday – which you have to spend doing what you love, what would that be? You would want to do gardening, you would want to lend your helping hand to someone or you might want to enjoy playing soccer. These will not indicate a career path, but it will surely give you an idea about the kind of personality you possess. The career you choose should be in-line with your personality.
You want to choose a career which would put the best of your abilities, talents and values in use. Take tests and inventories that give a clear view of the kind of person you are. It is also not a bad idea to look back at your achievements in school and to carefully track back your abilities.
Are you ready to convert your passion into your profession?
Remember, it is much easy to work on a passion. When you convert your passion into a profession, there are a lot of other things that you need to think about….like market-trends, commitment, customers and customer satisfaction. Keep all these things in mind and decide which passion of yours you would like to see as your career.
It is common to like a lot of things that you do. For example, you could be passionate about playing soccer. You could also be passionate about gardening, cooking or writing. Jot down all the options that you have. You cannot convert all your hobbies into a profession. But, having all this data helps you make the right choice. Now think about what you would want to convert into a profession. For example, if you are passionate about writing, and you are confident that you could convert this into a profession, then you are on the right track.
Does your education comprehend what you love doing?
If you are not trained, don’t worry. This should not be show-stopper for you. Enroll for some online courses or weekend classes and get the required trainings.
It is also important that you have knowledge of the subject that you want to have as your career. If you already have a college degree in Science and you want to get into journalism – it is something you must give a thought. Choosing a profession requires maturity and most of the times a prior college degree or a professional training in that area might be required.
What motivates you?
On a day-to-day basis there are a lot of things that motivates us. For example, I get motivated by helping others or creating something new. Likewise, make a list of things that motivates you. Analyze if the career that you are going to take up would actually suffice these motivation factors. A career that keeps you motivated would be a sure-success story in the end.
What are your financial goals?
Last but not the least, think of your financial conditions too. Not all professions and passions pay. And following your own dream is not always easy. If you have huge financial goals then determine if the career that you choose for would help you reach that in the time-line that you expect it to be. Some careers take their own time to reap results…but there are some which yield instant results. Evaluate your financial goals and needs too. ..But again, don’t keep this as a sole deciding factor. As Marsha Sinetra rightly said, “follow your heart and the money shall follow”.