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How To Choose A Career

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 28, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Some people are born knowing what their career passion is in life. For most however, this “passion” won’t become realized until an experience sets them on course for their career. Regardless, lifelong personal success depends on — you.

Yes, qualities such as ambition, dedication, education, and skills all play a role in determining your future, but true success will also be determined by well-developed strategies concerning academics and career. But what then, are the right steps take in order to achieve these desired results? Everyone has different paths they choose to take, but here are some tips to consider before making a life-changing decision.

DEVELOP A CAREER PLAN

Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education, and skills needed to achieve career goals.

ASSESS SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Think hard about what you enjoy, what you are good at, what kind of personality you have, and your values. You don’t want to work hard toward a career you’ll dislike.

RESEARCH OCCUPATIONS

Find out more about the nature of the jobs that interest you such as educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook, and industry certifications.

COMPARE YOUR SKILLS

Compare your skills and interests with your selected occupations. The career that matches your skills, interests, and personality the closest may be the career for you.

CHOOSE A CAREER GOAL

Once you’ve decided what occupation matches you best, begin developing a plan to reach your career goal.

SELECT A TRAINING CENTER

You’ll need one that offers a college degree or training program to meet your career goal and financial situation.

Research funding options

Find out about financial aid and scholarships that could help support your efforts to attain your goal.

Develop job-hunting skills

As you prepare to graduate or move into the job market, you should develop a true understanding of how to locate and secure jobs in your industry and know about different hiring processes.

DEVELOP INTERVIEW SKILLS

• Develop an impressive resumé and interviewing skills. Research different resume styles along with dos and don’ts. Learn acceptable interviewing techniques and develop communication skills.

SEEK ASSISTANCE

Go to a career guidance center at a school or college or a local library for additional information and help on career planning and don’t forget about Internet resources.

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