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Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career

Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career

Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career
Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career

We spend a third of our life at work. There are many of us that don’t like what they are doing. We get up in the morning and without enthusiasm go to work, then we sit there and wait until the day will be over. This repeats day after day. Do you like this prospect? If not, then you are on the right page.

I will offer you a formula, which is going to help you to make the decision of choosing the right profession for you. The decision of whom to be is the most important decision in your life. After all, we spend at least a third of our life at work. Whether for five days a week for eight hours a day, you will suffer from psychological discomfort directly depends on the choice of what we should do, yet not having sufficient life experience.

Some of us clearly know what we are going to do from early childhood. For example: the famous British naturalist Gerald Durrell collected spiders since he was five years old. Later on he became a zookeeper and television presenter, best known for founding what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Jersey Zoo (now renamed Durrell Wildlife) on the Channel Island of Jersey (UK) in 1958, and for writing a number of books based on his animal-collecting expeditions, zoo-keeping, and conservation efforts.He became a world famous person.

Step # 1. Avoid doing.

Some young people are guided by the most freakish motives. Someone gets affected by the romanticism of a profession based not on real knowledge about the future job but based on what they saw in a movie. Someone follows their parents’ steps since they consider this as a family faith.

Some people are going to a particular college just to be with a friend or because the college is in a nice area. All of those are just really unwise decisions. The chosen profession really affects a person’s destiny, so it needs to be selected very responsibly.

Step # 2. Proper spirit

First of all, convince yourself that you must make this choice by yourself. Don’t follow your parents’ and friends’ advice, no matter how certain they are. This is your life, not theirs.

Step # 3. Define you interests

First of all, define your interests. What would you like to do? What classes from school do you like? What would you like to do during your free time? How comfortably do you communicate with other people, especially strangers? A lot of depends on what you like or not like to do.

To define that, you can use some diagnostic questionnaires that are used by psychologists as a standard tool. You can find them on the Internet.

Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career
Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career

Step 4. Research

First, it is necessary to reasonably estimate yourself. Ask yourself: What do I want for myself, what can I expect from the chosen profession? Where do I see myself in five years? Learn as much as you can about your future profession.

Use any possible recourse. Attend different companies and businesses; see by yourself what people in different professions do there.

Do you want to be sailor? Take the cruise, see by yourself what workers do there every day, including the negative parts of a profession (like being seasick)

Do you want to become a programmer? Try not to only play computer games, but also to learn some simple language and write a small program. It is even better to take some class in community college or join computer club at school.

But the best way to learn about a profession is to get a summer job or volunteer on any small position in a company where the professionals in an interesting area of work are working. For example: if you dream of becoming a journalist, try to find a job in some newspaper even as a delivery person. It will give you a chance to learn about your future profession from inside, see all pluses and minuses of the profession.

I read that in some countries you can discuses these matters with a practical psychologist, who with certain tests can help you to determine your interests and suggest some professions. To find out whether the candidate approaches a certain profession, whether he can hold a certain position is determined by a set of tests.

If your test results even at 50% correspond with a selected specialty, this is considered as a satisfactory result, on 60% good, on 70% excellent. The result of 80% or more happens very seldom. If it happens then consider that chosen profession is perfect for you.

Step #5. Estimate a situation on a labor market

It is also useful to estimate a situation on the labor market. The easiest way, check the ads section in a Sunday newspaper or go on the Internet and find sites that offer jobs. Check what kinds of professions they require.

Also find and read some articles that give you future forecasts. Put together all the information that you get and decide which college or classes you need to take to reach the best prospects in the chosen field. However, consider that the market needs can vary. In 3-5 years when you end training, the picture can change. So choose your profession carefully and wisely.
Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career
Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career

Step # 6. Ask experts for help

If you are still not sure yet, try talking to an expert. In this case it can be either the school psychologist or the professional psychologist. Unfortunately, a telephone survey showed that not that many districts offer such a service. From the 25 schools that survey has been done, only two agreed to provide such a service. I believe this is only the beginning.

But there are a lot of books and reports on the market today that can provide you with such tests. You can find them on the Internet too. However be careful with them, in fact it is almost the same as taking medicines without a doctor’s prescription. You still need the expert to analyze and describe the results.

Step # 7 Final decisions 

Once you got all the information, make a list of 5-10 of your favorite professions. Then for each profession make a list of pros and cons. Use the elimination method.

When on the list will be left three professions, do detailed additional research and make your final choice. This is not easy but is remembered as universal people’s time is gone. Somebody said: “We are creative people and we wish to do everything at the same time and as a result we often achieve nothing.” Never allow circumstances to affect your destiny.

Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career
Career Builder: Seven Steps To Choosing Your Career
Good luck! And let your choice be successful.
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