Which Job is Right For Me?

The Prepped Team

May 10, 2021

5 min

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You should know, right? You studied a specific field for years, interned at different companies and now it’s time to decide on a career that you feel confident enough and passionate enough to pursue. But it’s not always that simple. In fact, it’s common to be unsure when it comes to choosing a career path. 

So if you’re feeling a bit stuck, don’t worry about it. There are steps you can take to help narrow your decision and help bring you closer to choosing a career that’s right for you. 

Four steps to help you choose a career 

Just like tailoring your resume or getting your dream internship, there are steps you can take that will help you figure out how to choose the right career. 

1. Perform a self-assessment

It’s much easier to know what job you should choose when you know what your strengths are and understand how your personality traits connect to certain careers. Taking a self-assessment helps with that. But before you commit to taking any self-assessment, there’s a step that can help you discover what you’re good at. 

List your skills: Your list should include any soft skills, like collaborating or networking, as well as your technical skills, such as UX design or editing. Any competencies you’ve learned or are learning, write them down. In addition to that, include these items on your list: 

  • What goals do you have for yourself? 
  • What are your personal values? 
  • What are you generally interested in doing? 

Self-assessment tests: One way to hack your personality and skill traits is to take self-assessment tests. Some of the most popular ones include Myers Briggs, Keirsey, and the Values Assessment Test.

2. Research careers and narrow down your list 

Once you’ve gone through the self-assessment process, it’s time to do some research. Hopefully, the self-assessment has helped you narrow down your career choices and you’re now ready to research specific organizations and opportunities to decide on whether or not they’re a good fit. 

Here are some things you should research before making any decisions: 

  • Salary, including if they have a bonus structure and benefits 
  • Growth opportunities
  • Who will be your direct supervisor?
  • What is the culture of that organization?
  • Can you work remotely?
  • Training and career development opportunities

3. Update your resume and apply for jobs 

Once you’ve done your research, you should feel more confident applying for jobs. All of the jobs you apply for should be a good fit, based on the work you put into the two previous steps. When it comes to applying for jobs, it’s important you tailor your resume to each position, so it matches the required skills and experience.  

Throughout this entire process, there is one thing you should be doing continually: 

  • Networking: It’s a well-known secret that networking is one of the biggest keys to landing any job. This is something you should be doing before you start looking for a job and while you’re looking. Even when you land a job, continue to network internally. Set up virtual coffee chats and build your network. They will help guide and shape your career. 

4. Continue to learn and grow even after you’ve landed a job 

Landing a job isn’t easy. You just put in all that work and it’s natural to want to relax. But just because you’ve achieved one goal doesn’t mean it’s time to rest. 

Here are some steps you can take to make sure you’re still learning and growing: 

  • Set first-year goals: Maybe it’s a sales goal, maybe there’s a number of people you hope to network with, maybe it’s project-specific. Whatever it is, setting a goal will keep you engaged and enthusiastic throughout your first year.  
  • Find a mentor: Finding a mentor at your new job will ensure that you’re focused and will help you navigate the nuances of a new company. It’s also helpful knowing you have someone to speak with and turn to for advice. 
  • Stay curious: Ask to sit in on meetings outside of your job description, join social committees, raise your hand when new assignments come in. You want to explore all aspects of your new job and keep your eyes open for any potential opportunities. 

Get Prepped for your career 

As you can see, there’s a lot involved in finding the right career. You really have to put in the work just to figure out how to pick a career and then decide which job is right for you. Prepped is here to guide you through the entire process. We understand what it takes to find a job and have created tools and resources that work. 

If you’re thinking about which career is right for you, sign up for Prepped and let us help you find the right fit.