Yawning in the class or killing time at the job, the first thought that comes to your mind is: am I in the right place? If you’ve been there, you need to consciously figure out whether you’re in the right career or not. However simple it may seem, answering this question comprehensively requires a deeper understanding of who you are and what you want. So, it doesn’t matter which step you are in life, learning to choose the right career will simplify matters for you and your peers. Remember to always look at two aspects when solving a problem: what to do (goal) and how to do it (method).
Step 1 – Tag Yourself
Yes, looking more closely at you does make a difference. You must first understand who you are, what drives you and, what strikes a chord with you.
How? Imagine there is no money (or you have so much of it that you don’t care about it), what would you do? Think carefully and the answer you reach is what you actually want to be and that goal will effectively drive you since it strikes a chord with your heart. It doesn’t matter how big your goal is, if you don’t recognize it, you will never be able to reach it. Now, start tagging yourself with strengths and weaknesses. What exactly are your strong points? Are you a good speaker, writer, a good programmer, or a good designer? There are endless tags you can use from any field and any aspect of your life. If you want to cut the chase, use online personality tests to identify some qualities for you.
Step 2 – Know Your Potential
After tagging yourself, you must realize the power within you. Are you capable enough to convert your weaknesses into strengths? Are you confident that you can make the most out of your existing strengths? If you choose to leave these questions unanswered, you will end up with a lack-of-motivation problem and compromise with ease.
What if you compromise and follow decisions made by others? Rest assured, no matter how well your university, college, or company may be, you will never be able to fully relate to the problem from the core of your heart, since your heart lies somewhere else. So many students face a barrage of ideas not related to their studies, during exam preparation. It is as if you want to go to New York but your direction is towards Moscow. To sum it up, you must know that you have the potential to achieve anything as long as you are the one in charge. Nothing is impossible; it only takes time (and effort) to make it possible!
Step 3 – Study The Subject Matter
There is no point in taking a decision if you haven’t understood the subject matter. Jot down career paths that intrigue you. These are the possible options in choosing the right career. Imagine socializing on Facebook. What are the things you’re concerned with? The display picture, wall, friends, likes, and mutual connections, right?
The career path is a similar friend ready to socialize with you. Study the wall (latest updates, challenges and applications in the field), the display picture (introductory videos and previews of the courses), the friends (related fields and job descriptions), the mutual connections (common courses and disciplines) and likes (course contents and outlines). Explore YouTube Education, the Education Portal, and Open Courseware websites to study the subject matter. In addition, analyze the bulls-eye career posters at MyFuture to understand the unlimited possibilities.
Step 4 – Consult The People
You don’t need to make mistakes that have already been done in the past. Yes, if you make new ones that may be a good learning experience. It’s always best to consult people around you- your contacts. When you start listing down people you know or can easily get to know of, you will find professionals, mentors, friends, elders, seniors, and so many people that can give you some feedback and suggestions for the road ahead. Start interacting and understand the experiences around you. You may not always agree with the methods, but you will slowly become aware of the possible ditches and camouflages in the road ahead. Use LinkedIn profiles to study the career paths of influential personalities in the field you’re interested in.
Step 5- Take The Decision
If you’ve understood everything till now, all you need to do is to fill the colors to the sketch, provided here. Understand yourself (your strengths, weaknesses and what you stand for), know your potential (can you really do it?), study the subject matter (be aware and stay informed regarding what you think you have interest in), and consult the people (let go of your ego and dive into the ocean of experience surrounding you). Finally, after scrutinizing all alternatives and studying each coupled with the deserving consultation, take the decision and embrace the future. If at any point, you find a better alternative, study the cost of time and plan, accordingly. There are no failures, only experiences…Good Luck!
Abdullah Saqib is the Founder of Rangle Career Guide, a career counseling, empowerment and coaching effort. He is also the author of ‘A World, Unknown’, a book on organizational behavior and human psychology.
Category: Personal Branding