There are many factors to consider when selecting a career, whether you are in school or it is your first job or you are in the middle of changing careers. While this is surely a difficult decision, it is certainly not an impossible choice to make when you have the right resources. We started Unherd with the aim to helping people make better career decisions. There are many ways of determining if a career is the one for you. We have listed a few factors for you below to might help you make a good decision about choosing a career.
What interests you the most?
You really need to ask yourself this before jumping into the options available. Make a list of all the things that interest you. Start by taking a look at what you enjoy the most, you perform well, people appreciate that particular skill-set and then make compare it with the career opportunities. Example: if you are good at sketching/arts you probably don’t want to consider going for computer science or medical. Likewise, if biology interests you the most, you probably might want to consider a career in medical.
Evaluate your skillset
Everyone has unique skills that can be used in a company somewhere or the other. For many, these skills have been present since childhood; for others they are learned over time. Skills can be broken down by various types and matched up with specific career paths. You can begin by looking at the skills that are used on the job or look at career paths that compliment your current skill set and talent.
Speak to people pursuing a career of your interest
If you already have a specific career in mind that you think is a good fit for you, you might want to consider getting connected with someone who studied or worked in that field. They can probably answer or help you with more specific questions as they have first hand experience. If you don’t have anyone in mind that you can reach out to, do get connected to us – email@example.com and we will help you get connected to someone who is pursuing a career in the same field of your interest.
Are there jobs available?
Do your research about the market for a career you’re considering. Many students consider a career in Electronics engineering without realising that most jobs are only available overseas and not in India. So it is important to research the labour market both globally (the number of jobs available anywhere) and locally (the number of jobs where you live or intend to live). While this should not majorly determine your career decision, it’s important to know the jobs available before entering a profession. You don’t want to go through years of college and then find out there’s no job on the other end. Knowing about the earning potential is an important factor as they might affect your future.
Which schools are offering the course? How much does it cost?
This is an important question. If you have your heart set on specific course and college, you might want to check with the college if they offer that course. If you are planning to study an uncommon profession, you might want offer the course and the geographic location. Be sure you consider the all of the expenses involved with the course. Additionally if you are planning to study a field that requires extensive education post college like medicine or law, pursuing such a degree is more expensive and requires commitment. There are variations in scholarship for different courses – if financial aid is your major concern, look at universities that will help you pay for the courses with their loan programs.
This might be a stressful experience for you and your parents, but once you decide on your major course everything else will fall in place. It’s not about going for your passion, or going for the money. It’s about balancing your wants/needs with your goals, skillset and talent.
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