Selection of career is not an easy decision to make, it is largely dependent on your choice and interest. But, at the same time, you will have to assess your limitations and resources, strengths and weaknesses.
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Try to answer following 9 questions
- If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose _______, because _______.
- I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do _______. It’s interesting to me because ______.
- If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try ________, because _____.
- If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in _______, because _____.
- My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at _______, because ______.
- The thing I love most about my current job is _______, because _______.
- If my boss would let me, I’d do more of _____, because ______.
- If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____, because _____.
- When I retire, I want to be known for ______, because ______.
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If you are not sure about few statements try to re-think over it and come up with the most suitable answer as per your desire.
As soon as you will finish answering all these questions you will realise that you have figured out which is the most suitable career option for you. But wait, right now it is not your ultimate career objective. Now it’s time to make a career objective and then achievement plan. Suppose you want to become a scientist and known for your inventions. The objective must be defined as “doing Ph.D. from XYZ University”.
To meet your career objective you will need to make a rough plan (let’s call it mission) and you will also need to accomplish it in time.
While preparing a plan first thing you need to assure is how much maximum time you have in your hands. Suppose you want to become an IAS you will need to do it within prescribed age limit (32 for general candidates).
Assess your responsibilities and requirements, like if you want to earn 5 lakhs a month to meet the needs of yourself and your family, choosing Civil Services is not a good idea because here salary is quite less than that. You should go for management job after completion of MBA from an international university of great repute.
Don’t choose a career that doesn’t fascinate you.
Don’t make this decision in urgency, give yourself enough time to decide rethink and then conclude. But once you make a firm decision don’t change it every now and then because any external influence.
Every hobby is can not be translated into your career but it is the best way to know what you want. If you love to collect coins, especially old coins, it can not be directly translated into your career as the curator that easily but it certainly gives an idea that you are interested in history. So you can say that you are somehow interested in history.