Have you been daydreaming about an ideal job where you are happy and content? Many a times, we take up a job without giving it much thought only because an opportunity came our way. However, choosing your field of study without knowing your interests and skills can land you in the same situation.
Being perplexed about which career to choose is a common problem. At such times, it is important to sit down with a pen and paper, and break down your goals to its fundamentals. To build a successful career, you need the three Ps: persistence, patience, and practice.
Here are five simple tips to clear up your career confusion:
1. Make a list: Knowing what your passion could be one of the best ways to clear those clouds of confusion. Make a list of what you like doing when you are working, at home, and during your leisure time. For example, you might like painting, drawing, and art. At the same time, jot down all the things that you dislike. This list will help you stay on track and not wander from your goal.
2. Explore careers matching your interests: Now that you know what you are passionate about, spend time researching the career opportunities that are available to you. The internet boom has made a huge range of careers available to us all. Some may be directly related to your interests; others may be allied to some extent. For example: Do you love painting and drawing? You could become a commercial artist, a fine artist, or an animator.
3. Question yourself: Ask yourself these vital questions to choose the career path that is most suitable for you. Remember to answer them as accurately as possible for easier evaluation.
Where am I?
Where do I have to go?
How will I get there?
4. Find a mentor: Opting for or changing a career is a major and life-changing decision. Find a mentor who is an expert in the field of your interest. His/her knowledge, experience, and network may be helpful to you. Discuss your thoughts with your mentor and ask for feedback.
5. Research: Devote time and effort to finding out every minute detail about your new career choice. Do you want a job or would you prefer to work on your own? Look for companies or people in the same business, the job profiles offered to candidates, the amount of money you can make, locations, and any other added advantage. Also, look out for the various degrees and training programmes you need to undertake in order to polish your skill sets. Network with people to expand your contacts.
These tips will assist you to overcome the dilemma you are facing. Complaining about the current situation will not help. You are responsible for the change you want in life.
Remember the words of Confucius, who said, ‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life’.