The question of what career choice we should make is one that plagues us all through high school and sometimes all through college as well. For those of whom it doesn’t plague, they have either very well thought-out lives or are just very unconcerned about their futures. But then this article is not for the latter few. Here are few things to take into consideration as you contemplate what path your life will take.
1) Don’t limit your choices. Usually the subjects you’re good at will influence your decision one way or another. So if your strength lies in numbers and math is your favorite subject then engineering or finance is worth looking into for you.
2) Start asking questions. Everybody who has any experience in the working arena has some good advice to share. Be sure to keep an open mind and ask any questions that come to mind. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question. You need to be able to clear all your doubts.
3) Do your research. If you already have some idea of what it is you want to pursue then look it up on the Internet. Try and find universities online that offer your program of choice and look carefully into the subjects included. This can give you a good idea of what to expect from your study and what subjects are key to the program.
4) Talk with professionals. If corporate banking sounds like your dream job then seek out a professional who is a corporate banker. Most people hesitate from taking this step because either they don’t know anyone in the field personally of they would feel stupid approaching a stranger. Well, let me remind you that this is a question of your future and if you don’t take control now you will regret it. A lot of the times there can be huge differences between what you study and what you actually face in the working field. So take an appointment from a corporate banker. Make sure that you inform him beforehand what it is he can help you with. Be prepared to hear a few refusals before you find the person willing enough to help. Then list all the questions you want to ask them. Make sure to keep it short. Remember they are taking time out from their busy schedules to help you. A good question to include would be to ask them how their typical day runs and what challenges they face. Also ask whether this is what they imagined their life would be. Are they satisfied? Would they do anything different? Were there any extra qualifications they had to obtain to get where they are? Any off-the-cuff advice?
5) Talk with your parents. Find out what they think you’re good at. Now, when I say that I don’t mean blindly follow what they tell you to do. Some parents might even try to force their choices on their children. However, this is a wrong practice. After all, who gains if the child ends up in a profession he hates? On the other hand, they might be able to give you some really useful insight into what your options could be.
6) Does your school have a career counselor? Maybe they can help you with this decision. Before you got to them, make a list of all the things you’re good at and another list of all the things you can’t tolerate, like working in the sun, the sight of blood…etc. Taking this list to them will allow the both of you to work together and come up with options that suit your needs. Even if you don’t plan on career counseling these lists could be useful for your own knowledge of yourself.
7) Find out if you can study in another country. Some programs are region-based, that is they are only available in some countries. If studying abroad is an option for you then broaden your outlook slightly.
8) Look up salary statistics for your career of choice. Consider what points are important for you and narrow your search accordingly.
9) Don’t lose hope. A fulfilling career is not only for the rich and famous. Take your time, do your research and be optimistic and you shall find your dream job.
10) Don’t think it’s wrong to change your mind. If you have started something or are working in a certain field and you lose interest, then don’t despair. This is not unusual. Many people change majors in between their degree programs. Others change their careers in between jobs. Just remember that it’s never the end of the line for you. And if you really hate your career choice then it’s never too late to make a change. And let no one else tell you any different. Depending on your decision you may need to study further so you will need additional investment, time and effort, but all is not lost. There are also many courses online that allow you to study at your own pace while still working.
11) Most importantly, hang in there! I assure there is a niche somewhere out there for you. You just have to find it.