What’s Your Calling? Tips on Finding Your Career Path
Even from an early age, children begin to formulate ideas about the ideal job. Some wish to grow up to be astronauts whereas others might want to be firemen. But as we progress through school and college and become accustomed to reality, our decision-making process begins to take a more practical approach.
Despite the countless hour spent pondering on the ideal career choice, many in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s still don’t know which career path to take—and there’s nothing wrong with that. Choosing the right career path requires an introspective approach coupled with a fair degree of research.
In this blog, we’ll share a few tips that will help you gain a better understanding of how to select the ideal career path.
Step 1: Know Thyself
Introspection is a powerful tool; one you must utilize to your advantage. Take some quality time out to determine your interests, values, personality type, aptitudes, and soft skills. With a bit of research, you’ll find certain occupations that require individuals with a unique set of qualities that you possess and others that don’t.
Try taking a few personality and career tests to get a clear picture of your traits. This will help you shortlist several occupations or at the very least, prove useful when speaking to a career counsellor.
Step 2: Explore Your Options
At this point, you probably have a large list of possible occupations to explore. Try to revisit each option on the list once again. By doing so, you’ll discover that certain options are definitely worth trying and others that are worth giving a shot. Segment the entries under separate headings based on priority. This helps in cutting down options even further and zooming in on the career paths that matter.
Most likely you’ve narrowed down the list to anywhere from 5-20 options. Go online and start finding out more about each field’s job description as well as training, licensing, and educational requirements.
Step 3: Gather More Information
By this stage, you’ve probably narrowed down your choices anywhere from three to five places. Now is the time to start conducting information interviews from people who work in these occupations. It could be a distant relative or an old acquaintance. The firsthand knowledge you gain from this step is crucial in determining the career path that’s best suited for you.
If you’re still confused about the career path you should take, maybe it’s time to get some help from the professionals. ORIGIN is a workforce development consultant that provides employment services for jobseekers in Canada. They’ve helped countless people discover their true calling and can do the same for you!
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