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How to Choose the Career Path That's Right for You

Sep 28, 2017 | Harrison College

How to Choose the Career Path That's Right for You

Remember when you were a kid and were asked the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" It was an easy question to answer. Right? Or it didn't matter if you didn't know because you had plenty of time?

Life got more difficult as an adult because we realized how many options we have. Too many options often paralyze our ability to make good decisions as we can feel adrift.

That's why we're helping you develop a plan to help you choose the right career path. 

Knowing What You Like Will Guide You to the Right Career Path

Say you don't drink coffee and you can't even stand the smell. Would it make sense for you to work for a company that sells coffee? Does the thought of wearing a suit and tie to work everyday thrill you or terrify you? Do you enjoy customer service or do you prefer to work alone?

Knowing what you like and what you don't like can help you determine what career path to take. In fact, a great exercise would be to make a list of likes and dislikes regarding career choices. 

Another great way to figure out if you'll like a career is to determine how much you can make. Perhaps you realize becoming a dental assistant is more lucrative than you thought.

Determine What Your Skills Are

As an adult, you should know by now which skills you excel at which ones you don't. While obviously, you can work on building up the skills you aren't great at, focusing on your strengths will also help you figure out the right career path for yourself.

Do Some Research

There are several ways you can do research to see if you'll enjoy a particular career. One way to start is to look up what courses are needed if you think you'll need to head back to school for more education. 

Here are a few more ways to do some research:

  • Find Associations - Most professions have an association. Go to their website and see what information they have on there. Often, there are resources, articles, and a way to contact them. Don't be afraid to reach out to the association to ask questions about their profession. They will be a great resource for all types of information and, if you end up going into that field, you've already established a network to help you find employment. 

  • Ask People You Know - Look around at your own community for more research. Does anyone have a career you're envious of or interested in learning more about? Don't be afraid to ask them questions about their career choice including education requirements and what they like and don't like about it. The worst they can say is no. 

Give It a Try

You'll never really know unless you try it. There are now a lot of ways you can get into a new field to give it a try to see if you like it before committing. 

You can do an internship. You can shadow an employee. You can take a class. Don't wait to start the career you deserve, request more information about your program of interest today.

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