How Do You Choose A Career?
By Alan Olsen
Most people have the mindset
that they will some day choose a career
and then follow that path and see where it takes them. However, in this day and
a career is not very simple and many people end up on a road that they
never expected to take. Unfortunately, for many that road can include a lot of
twists and turns and bumps and potholes, including unemployment.
is a tough predicament to be in, and it’s one that most people don’t expect to
go through. This is especially true for recent college
graduates, most of who figure they will get a job right out of college
and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Unfortunately, this is not how things
Find Your Passion and Stick to it
Therefore, it has become increasingly important to learn how
a career. I want to talk about some important factors in choosing
your career. Being the father of seven kids and having watched several of
them graduate from college
I have advised them to always fall back on what their passion in life is. I
tell them to focus on what they enjoy doing and encourage them to visualize
where they want to be in the next three to five years. So these are some of the
key things to consider if you are in the process to choosing
First, remember that it’s not always about the money,
but it’s also about choosing a
career path that will provide you the balance
in life to be able to accomplish the things you desire to do.
Next, you should consider your personal
growth and ask yourself if a certain career will challenge your abilities
and will it cause you to grow?
should also be something that you excel at. You choose something you do well
and something that matches your strengths.
While money is not
everything is it important so consider your financial
concerns and make sure you choose something that will provide for you and
your family. You also have to consider how much schooling
will cost and how much debt you will be able to handle. You do need to choose a
that will sustain the type of lifestyle
that you desire.
What Do You Enjoy?
These are all important factors, but the bottom line is to
choose something you really enjoy.
If you are going to be spending much of your life
in one career
then you need to be sure that the career is built on a foundation that
interests you. For many young people determining what their passions are is not
always easy. It might take some time to discover what you are passionate about
In addition, some people start new jobs in the career
path they’ve chosen only to discover that they aren’t really happy with
their choice. If you are in this situation, don’t worry. It’s not uncommon for
people to change
careers a few times, especially when they are younger and just starting
out. At the end of the day, ask yourself: “what have I learned from the path
I’ve traveled, what has it brought to me so far and do I want to continue on
this path?” Lastly, ask yourself “will it lead me to the places I want to go in