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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Career Path

Every degree can prepare you for a job after graduation, but others offer more defined career routes. If you majored in civil engineering or agriculture, for example, you’re likely to work in one of those sectors. However, if your major allowed you to explore many career options — for example, if you majored in business management, English, or general studies – you may find yourself confused about where you belong and what you want to do after graduation.

It’s perfectly fine if you’re not sure what you want to do or where you want to go yet. Before deciding on a professional route, ask yourself the following questions.

1. What are my interests?

Activities that you love doing in your spare time might provide insight into jobs that are rewarding, fulfilling, and enjoyable. To discover your passions, consider the following questions:

  • What hobbies do I enjoy?
  • Do I prefer spending time indoors or outdoors?
  • Do I enjoy working with people, animals, data, or books?
  • What activities would I miss the most if I could no longer do them?

2. What are my skills?

You already have abilities that will help you succeed in the future. Consider both your hard and soft talents.

Hard skills, such as culinary arts or computer programming, are abilities you’ve learned via study.
Soft skills are your interpersonal and life skills, such as collaboration and time management.

3. What are my talents and strengths?

Make a list of everything you’re excellent at if you don’t know what your abilities and strengths are. Family members, friends, professors, bosses, and mentors may all assist you in compiling this list of prospective jobs.

4. What is my personality?

The way you think, feel, and act defines your personality. Because it may be an essential element of your job, think about various parts of your personality as you plan for the future.

  • Do you like to be a leader or a follower?
  • Would you rather work alone or in a team?
  • Do you like to collaborate with people or compete with them?
  • Do you like to assist people or empower them to take care of themselves?
  • Are you a thinker who concentrates on ideas or a doer who acts?
  • Do you prefer discipline and regularity or are you a creative and artistic person?

5. What are my values?

Financial security, social justice, and work-life balance are all values or things that are important to people. These values might assist you in deciding on a professional path. Consider well-paying employment if financial stability is important to you, and a 9-to-5 job if you want to attain a work-life balance.

6. What education or training do I need?

Certain occupations need a higher level of education as well as a financial commitment. A doctor, for example, may require eight to twelve years of school and training, but a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management can be completed in four years. Consider how much time and money you’ll need to pursue a job while making your selection.

7. Are there jobs available in this career?

Personal services and sales, the two most common occupations in the EU, employ 21.4 million people, according to Eurostat. While you are not required to work in one of these prominent jobs, you should think about the job opportunities in your future sector. In 2016, the travel and tourism industry generated $7.6 trillion in worldwide revenue and supported 292 million jobs. This amounted to 10.2 percent of global GDP and almost one out of every ten jobs.

8. How much money do I want to make?

Different professions provide varying monetary incentives. Even while income should not be the primary consideration when choosing a job, it can influence your quality of life and where you reside. As you narrow down your job possibilities, keep your income potential in mind.

9. Where do I want to live?

Some occupations are more accessible than others, while some may only be done in specific places. If you want to work as a park ranger or farmer, for example, you’ll probably need to live in a rural region, whereas if you want to work in finance or fashion, you’ll generally want to live in an urban city. Make sure you can work where you wish to live by planning ahead.

10. Why do I want to pursue this career?

When deciding which job path is best for you, always ask yourself why you want to follow it. Don’t allow other people’s opinions or expectations to influence your decision. In the end, the decision to pursue a profession is entirely up to you.

Concluding:

Selecting a career path can take weeks, months, or even years as you continue learning what you want and need in a job. It’s important to note that you may have the option to change your path multiple times in your life, making the ability to choose a new career a valuable life skill. Once you make your decision, as with any change, it can take time to adjust to your new career. Pay attention to the things that you’re enjoying. You’ll continue growing, learning, and changing as you understand more about yourself, your industry, and what works best for you. 

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