How to Find the Right Career Path

Choosing the right career path can be a daunting and overwhelming task. With an endless number of career options, it is hard to imagine anyone could ever make the right choice. On top of that, choosing a career path can feel like a permanent decision that is hard to modify or undo. Whether you are embarking on your first job or are thinking about making a career change, these aspects can put a lot of pressure on you when you’re evaluating your options. If you find yourself struggling to make a decision, here are some things to consider in order to help you find the right career path.

What you like to do.

It might seem crazy to think you could get paid to do what you love, but this is a real possibility. And it can be an important aspect of finding the right career path for you. If your work excites you, not only is your job more likely to bring you satisfaction, you are also more likely to put more energy and effort into your job. Think about some of the hobbies you enjoy or causes you are passionate about. Do some research on jobs related to these fields. You might be surprised to discover some of the options you have.

What you’re good at.

Everyone has many different skills and talents that they have discovered or worked hard to perfect throughout their life.  These abilities set you apart from your peers and allow you to perform certain jobs at a higher level than others. There are many ways to utilize your talents in different career paths, but this should be a focus when you are trying to determine a good career option.  When you begin evaluating at the possibilities, think about the ways your skills would be utilized in that job or career.

What the world needs.

Identifying a need in the job force is an important step to finding a career path. Finding a field with a high rate of projected job openings gives you a better chance of being hired. It also provides more opportunity to advance in that career. Consider careers in fields that are growing, such as technology, that will continue to advance and generate jobs in the coming years. On the flip side, consider a career in a field that is stable but might not grab everyone’s attention, such as agriculture.

What you know about.

Sometimes your career path can be limited by what careers you know about when you are making your decision. To avoid missing out on a career path because you didn’t know it existed, you will have to do some work. Doing your own research into different careers online can be a start, but if you are unaware of a certain field it will be hard for you to stumble upon it while searching. Networking can introduce you to people with a wide variety of careers that you may not have been exposed to.

Challenge yourself to identify careers where you might not have recognized them before. Think about this example. When you go to the grocery store, you can easily recognize cashiers, stockers, and store managers as potential jobs. However, if you took it one step further and went online to research careers in grocery stores you would also discover dieticians, delivery drivers, accountants, administrative positions, buyers, and many more. Identifying these additional opportunities can open your eyes to careers you were previously unaware existed.

What is accessible.

When you are thinking about the career that is right for you, you should consider how your desires fit with the positions accessible to you. This could relate to a few different things. If a college or professional degree is required, is this something you want to work towards? If a certain career is limited geographically, are you willing to move? Are there physical requirements for the job that you are unable to meet? This is not to say you are limited by any qualifications, but it is important to consider what you are willing or able to take on before deciding on a career path.

What fits in your future.

It’s the age-old question, “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” And while you are trying to decide which career you might have in ten years, there are other aspects of life to consider as well. To determine the right career path for you, it is important to consider how that will impact the life you envision for yourself.

If money is important to you, you will likely be happier with a career that gives you the opportunity to have financial success. If a family is your priority, you should consider careers that might provide flexible hours or vacation packages. If helping others is a significant goal, you should consider how different careers impact the lives of others. Understanding how your career relates to what you want out of life will help you find satisfaction in your career.

What you learn along the way.

Preparing for a career or working in a certain field will teach you a lot about that job and yourself. You might decide on a career and quickly learn that it is not what you thought it was or what you like. You might be partway through your college courses and discover you don’t enjoy what you’re learning. If this happens to you, it may be a good time to reconsider your choice and potentially make a career change. Keep your mind open to the possibility of a career adjustment if you find yourself unhappy in your current situation.

As you work through different career options, these are important aspects to think through. Be open minded to different possibilities and industries you had never considered. As you evaluate certain jobs, plot out what your career might look like over the next ten to twenty years in that field. Taking the time to think about the daily work required and the potential impact on your future will help you find the right career path.

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Angel Rivera
I am a Bilingual (Spanish) Psychiatrist with a mixture of strong clinical skills including Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison, Forensic Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry training in treatment of the elderly. I have training in EMR records thus very comfortable in working with computers. I served the difficult to treat patients in challenging environments in outpatient and inpatient settings
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