How to Choose the Career That Is Best for You

How to Choose the Career That Is Best for You

Many people who work in the corporate world today are not very happy with their current positions. A lot of times it is because they failed to set the right goals for themselves at the beginning of their careers. Goals help you develop your career in a specific direction, and having the right career focus is very important when determining how to make choices and decisions along the way.

Obviously, each of us has different skills, interests, experiences, and expectations, so there is no single career that will be perfect for everyone. What you have to do is determine which career is perfect for YOU.

Here are some things you should take into consideration when you are trying to decide where to look for your first job or are pondering a possible career change:

  1. Start with a vision. You must first decide on a career path, whether that  be a particular type of work position or a particular industry you are going to pursue. Ask yourself questions to determine what your passion is before you start searching for a job.
  2. Consider your skills. Think about what skills you are good at or which subjects you excelled in during school. Choosing a career based on something you are good at will help you excel and generate a secure future for yourself.
  3. Choose a career that you enjoy. You need to choose something you enjoy since you are going to be spending a great portion of your time each day working at work. Job satisfaction is directly related to whether or not you enjoy working in the career you have chosen.
  4. Consider cross-field work. When figuring out what you would like to be or what you will need to study to achieve your career goals, you might want to consider crossing fields. For instance, there are plenty of nurses who are good with word skills and hence make excellent editors and publishers for medical magazines and publications.
  5. Explore yourself. Getting to know yourself better may be sometimes necessary to figure out what you should do. You need to have a good understanding of what you want and what you enjoy.

Deciding on a career may seem like a daunting task, but if you give yourself plenty of options and time to consider it, you can proceed with confidence, knowing you have identified what is truly a best fit for you.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838

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