Choosing a career can be daunting considering all the endless possibilities. Take a deep breath and remember that even within specific occupations, there is room to change and evolve over time. Concentrate on where you are right now and you’ll be started down the right path. Here are seven questions to help you choose the right career.
What interests me?
It may sound like a basic question, but it’s a great place to start if you want to reach true job nirvana. If what you’re doing everyday isn’t interesting to you, don’t do it.
Am I super social or a super independent?
Consider whether you enjoy the company and collaboration of co-workers or work better solo. Some professions necessitate working in teams, while others other allow you to work on your own terms.
Am I a helper?
This may sound similar to the last question. But whether you choose to work solo or in a group, you may feel it’s important to assist your fellow man. This may be in a client service arena or health care. Ask yourself if assisting other makes you smile on the inside. And be honest with your answer.
Does stress drive me or make me freak out?
Some people thrive on tight deadlines and constant pressure. For others, stress is a slow poison that will rob them of all happiness. Decide where you fit in. Do you need excitement and drama or a more relaxed environment to be productive?
Do I like a flexible schedule or enjoy the 8-5 grind?
A constant schedule works well for some, but others want flexibility. Certain careers will allow you to virtually set your hours while others necessitate a rigid routine.
What kind of space do I enjoy?
Large, busy office buildings downtown may be a dream for some. Others seek a calmer, smaller space. Certain professions are more flexible than others. Some even allow you to stay mobile. If you are self-employed, you are obviously going to have the most flexibility with your environment.
How much money do I want to earn?
Making big bucks is a big deal for some, while others are just happy to be able to support themselves. Very few careers will assure you a salary that propels you to the top one percent. For the rest, many careers offer a wide range of salaries. Only your education, time and desire to succeed will limit your potential if you choose the right career path.
For more information on selecting the best career, take a look at some statistics. The U.S. Department of Labor created this handy website. You can easily look up average salaries and future job outlook here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
If you’re ready to start down the path to your chosen career, start to investigate the education programs that will get you there. Click below to discover the programs available at Cleveland University–Kansas City.