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Before you determine what field you are interested in, you will have most certainly pondered all the pros and cons of your potential choice. On the other hand, a part of you will not have contemplated a few steps - or sometimes decades - in advance, but will have made the decision in the twinkling of an eye. In the end there are no rules that would say one way is right, and the other one is not. Scientists have said that children as early as in the fifth grade already know what they would like to become, and that by the beginning of their college education they are only developing a vision of their future.
Once you have considered a particular career as a possibility, things might complicate - the first issue being whether to listen to your heart or your mind. Our minds often impose subjective points of view of the society and our immediate surroundings, which will undoubtedly encourage us to choose that career up to that point when we forget what our heart's and our own desires are.
Whether you’re just leaving school, finding opportunities limited in your current position or, like many in this economy, facing unemployment, it may be time to consider your career path. By learning how to research options, realize your strengths, and acquire new skills, as well as muster the courage to make a change, you can discover the career that’s right for you. Even if you’re trapped in a position you don’t love, with no realistic opportunity for change, there are still ways to find more joy and satisfaction in what you do.
And whether you’re embarking on your first career out of school or looking to make a career change, the first step is to think carefully about what really drives you. You might find it hard to get past thinking about “what pays the most” or “what is most secure,” especially in today’s economy. But the truth is most employees rank job satisfaction above salary in ensuring they feel happy at work. So, unless you’re in a situation where you have to take the first available job to make ends meet, it’s important to focus on your primary interests and passions. This can open doors to careers that you might not have considered. Once you have that foundation, you can start fine tuning your search for the right career. You may be surprised at how you can fit your passions into a new career.
Once you have a general idea of your career path, take some time to figure out what skills you have and what skills you need. Remember, you’re not completely starting from scratch—you already have some skills to start. These skills are called transferable skills, and they can be applied to almost any field. Some examples include:
§ management and leadership experience
§ communication (both written and oral)
§ research and program planning
§ public speaking
§ craft and art design
§ conflict resolution and mediation
§ managing your time effectively
§ computer literacy
§ foreign language fluency
These skills can help you to narrow your focus on a particular career, and choosing that career for you will be very easy.
To help you farther, go through a university course catalog to help you broaden your knowledge about different academic careers. Circle all items that interest you. Categorize your choices and see if there is a trend towards an education path that resembles your interests.
Do not be afraid to admit you have made a mistake and that you need to change your choice. This is the major reason why it is so important to choose a broad field that matches your skills, so that you can move across a field or several fields to change the type of career you are doing until you find a niche that fits well. Do not spend your life putting up with substandard careers.
So, choose wisely and select a field that encompasses as many of your talents as possible, to allow you to the greatest freedom and leeway for shifting around a field doing different jobs with a good set of basic skills, along with a good dose of solid confidence in your worth and abilities.
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