Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs and lawyers, I developed an interest in both professions. I’ve been told that I have a knack for sales. I used to sell clothes and accessories to relatives and friends. I even have an online shop back then. Also, I thoroughly enjoy a good debate and being challenged on important ideas.
So in order for me to weigh things out, I volunteered to be an intern in my uncle’s law firm as his secretary (before I graduated high school). Keeping schedules, handling confidential documents, and sometimes even finances since I am also good with numbers. A few times, he would bring me to court hearings to observe. A lawyer’s job is interesting, challenging and at the same time it’s very stressful. Heck, being a secretary to a lawyer is already stressful and I am not even exaggerating. It’s when I’ve decided to not pursue this career.
However, I was pressured by my family to become a nurse (because it was in demand during my time). Don’t get me wrong, being a nurse is rewarding in many ways. But, why am I not practicing my profession? Simple. I wasn’t living my dream at all. Sure, I was making a lot of money but I was missing out on so much.
Below are the 7 ways to help you find your career path.
Think of What Excites You
The first step in choosing the right career is to think about your interests. Decide whether you prefer analyzing numbers or have an enthusiasm for creating things from scratch. Passion is what keeps you committed to your goals. Remember, if you love what you do, there’s not a day you’ll consider it working.
Think About Your Strengths and Weaknesses
You may be interested in a lot of things and might find it difficult to decide which one to pick. Choose something that you’re good at – like fixing or selling cars. Then use it to your advantage.
Take a Test
There are career-assessment tests that can help you decide which career to pick if you do not know what you’re good at or what are your interests. Just remember, these test will just help you narrow down a field and the decision is up to you.
Explore the Occupations on Your List
After you’ve listed potential careers, seek companies that allows internship. Why? There are plenty of chances to socialize (to expand your network because whether you like it or not, you need this) and get to know the firm, and get a feel of whether it’s what you want to do in the future.
Seek Out Career Coaches
Getting a mentor will truly help you grow professionally. They will enable you through who or what they know, offer a mixture of advice in helping you to come up with your own answers, provides constructive feedback. Plus, they’ll introduce you to new contacts to build your network.
Start with the people who you already know – a supervisor, professor, or someone you already know working in a field you’re interested in. You also shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to people you don’t know, too. The best way to learn is to talk to them in person, this way you’ll be able to ask career-related questions and get honest answers.
Create a Career Action Plan
Whether you just graduated or a person who wants a career shift, having a goal will give you a powerful sense of direction as well as a purpose for doing what you are doing. What I did was, I literally created a diagram of my transition from being pediatric nurse to a business woman. By doing this, you’ll see where you’re going and what needs to be done. It will help you find your long and short-term goals. Think of it as a roadmap that will take you from point A to B.
It took me awhile to figure out what I truly want in life and I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Career change is never easy, is almost painful and not instantaneously rewarding because it involves starting over and walking away from a profession you’ve inevitably invested a lot of time in. Setting goals is not enough, you have to commit to it. You don’t succeed just because you’re smart or lucky, you succeed because you are determined. You have to go out there and explore all the options that are available to you until you find what you love to do. It’s never too late. You got this!