6 Tips To Choose The Right Career
There is a saying that ‘You decide your own career’. We should choose our own career, not our parents. Yes, we require the guidance of our parents for this. There are lots of factors that decide our career. The expectation of our parents is one such factor. But we should choose our own career depending on our tastes and interests.
Here are some major factors which influence the selection of our career
Our parents started making plans for us the moment we were born. They start dreaming about our future. They also try to accomplish achievements through their child, which they themselves couldn’t attain.
Social Value of the Job
Some people are attracted towards the respect and the value the society gives to a particular job. Sportsmen are loved and idolized by the society. But if a person with no sporting qualities is adamant to become a sportsman to get respect, he will not succeed.
Our friends’ career decisions also influences ours. It is like a herd of sheep, where one sheep is followed by others.
Everyone wants to become a doctor or engineer, but few want to become teachers. Why is it so? The answer is income. We are attracted to careers that offer more income. But income is not everything. It is all about how much we enjoy our lives.
Our tastes and interests
We should all select our career depending upon our tastes and likes. This way, we will always give 100% to our job.
Now, here is the 6 point action plan to choose the right career:
1 Create a list
Make a list on things you like and dislike. Example-which subjects you like the most, are you interested in drawing/arts, are you adventurous, are you interested in computers and programming etc. Also remember to note down your dislikes. Based on these lists, note down 10-15 careers that suits you.
2 Analyze each one of the selected careers
After noting down careers that suits your needs, analyze them in detail. Consider facts like minimum qualifications, potential dangers and hazards, starting salary and opportunities to progress in that particular field.
After analyzing the details, create a shortlist consisting of 4-5 jobs. Be practical and careful while making this shortlist.
4 Field Trip
After zeroing in on 4-5 jobs, now it is time for field trip. Go and take a field trip of the workplace you have set your eyes on. If your shortlist consists of a job in the armed forces, visit an army camp. Similarly, visit hospital, or other offices related to your shortlist.
5 Shortlist again
After the field trip, it is time to trim down the list again! Choose 1-2 jobs that you like the most after your field trip and note them down.
6 ‘Job Shadowing’
Now, try to spend time with a person who already works in the field that you are interested in. For example- if you want to become a doctor, meet a local doctor, get to know more about the profession, its demands etc. Try to spend some time with him. This is called ‘Job Shadowing’.