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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.