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    Nov 2009

    Default How To Choose a Good Carrier or Job

    Most career problems stem from the fact that we are terrible at picking jobs. We think we are picking a good job and then it turns out to be a bad job. It's almost impossible to pick a good job on the first try, actually. So don't think you'll be the exception.

    Know yourself -- your strengths, values, personality, and skills. This will help you decide which choice best fits you.

    Take the Career Key career test to discover which Holland personality types you are most like. You can then match the results with the most promising careers, career pathways, college majors and training programs.
    Read about John Holland's Theory of Career Choice to understand how your success and satisfaction in a job, school, or college is related to your personality.
    Do the activities in Learn about Yourself and Identify Your Skills to understand yourself better.

    Consider your dream career. There is an old saying that if youíre trying to choose a career, you should think about what you would do if you didnít have to work. If you had a million dollars and you could do anything, what would you do? Your answer to that question, while maybe not literally the best career choice for you, may give you insight into what you should do.

    eg: If you want to be a music star, consider going into audio engineering or music composition. These careers are easier to pursue and you will be much more likely to succeed and provide for yourself in the future.
    If you want to be an actor, consider going into media broadcasting. You can get a degree in communications or work your way up the chain of command in a local news or other television studio.
    If you want to travel the world, consider becoming an airline steward or stewardess. This is a great way to make a living and pursue your dream of traveling the globe.

    Consider your hobbies. It is very easy to turn your hobbies or something you love doing into a future career. Many hobbies correspond to real world needs and positions. Consider what you like to do and how that might fit into a career.

    eg: if you like playing video games, consider becoming a video game designer, programmer, or QA specialist.
    If you like drawing or art, consider becoming a graphic designer.
    If you like sports, consider going into teaching and getting certified as a coach.

    Consider what you enjoy or enjoyed in school. Academic subjects translate well into future careers but may require more schooling than other types of careers. Your favorite class in high school could very well launch you into your future career but you have to be willing to work for it.

    eg: if you loved chemistry, you could look forward to a future career as a lab technician or a pharmacist.
    If you liked English class, consider becoming an editor or a copywriter.
    If you enjoyed math, consider becoming an actuary or an accountant.

    Consider what skills you excel in. If you are particularly good at certain skills, such as fixing things or making things, this can provide you with a great future career. Schooling may or may not be necessary, but skilled labor is often in demand and you will find it fairly easy to find work.

    eg: carpentry, auto repair, construction, and electrical work all benefit from people who are good at fixing things or working with their hands. These also tend to be stable, well-paying jobs.
    Other skills, such as a skill for cooking, can also be easily turned into a career.

    Most importantly, keep it all in perspective: You don't have to live forever with any career decision you make in these phases of student career planning. Most people change careers several times during their lives, so the first job you choose right after college probably won't be your career 15 or 20 years from now -- unless you want it to be. So don't put too much pressure on yourself to make the perfect decision, and always keep your eyes open, and use all available resources in your journey to find how to choose a career.

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    Apr 2013
    Mumbai, India


    Thank u so much for such guidance it is helpful to know.

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