10 Ways to Choose a Career

1. Examine yourself

What you enjoy doing and what you value can be helpful indicators about how you’d like to spend your working time. 

2. Consider previous jobs

You can get some clarity when you don’t know what you want to do for a living by reflecting on previous jobs that you have held. 

3. Determine your skills

Figure out which skills you have that could also be useful in a different field.

4. Ask family members and friends

Ask friends, family members and other people you trust what roles they could envision you doing for a living. 

5. Talk to professionals in various fields

We recommends connecting on LinkedIn. Start by saying you’re considering a career similar to theirs, with just a single question to start. 

6. Look into a fast-growing industry

Careers in fast-growing industries may give you more opportunities. We recommends exploring the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast for the industries expected to grow fastest.

7. Consider your personality and individual preferences

You can personality assessment, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness Profile.

8. Try a focused Google and YouTube search

If you know what field interests you, but you are not sure what jobs are available in these fields, you make a short list of a few broad fields. And use it as a search query.

9. Set achievable goals

Your career plan should outline how you'll get to where you want to be, what actions are needed and when, and separated into your short, medium and long-term goals. Constantly review your progress, especially after each short-term goal is reached.

10. Remember 

There is more than one path to your dream career, and there’s also more than one dream career. Your skills and interests could be a great match for all kinds of careers – even some you haven’t heard of yet.



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