Try these tips to find some great career ideas
Your career choice is an important decision in your life. If you are at a turning point in your life, it can be exciting to consider all the potential jobs that are out there. But how do you know what career path is a good match for you? Where can you learn about good careers? What if you choose the wrong thing? These are all normal questions to ask when you are looking for a new career.
This article explores the resources that are right at your fingertips which can help you decide on a career path—whether you are a graduate fresh out of high school or an older adult who is ready for a career change. Try any or all of these options, and you may find the perfect career path for you!
1. Take a career interest survey
Part of choosing the right career is finding a job path that fits in with your interests and skills. Career interest surveys are designed to ask you questions that focus on what you want out of life and career. The results can lead you to potential career paths that are a good match for you. For free career interest surveys, try Education Planner. It will show you the types of jobs where you can make the most out of your own interests.
2. Learn more about specific career paths
There are hundreds of job choices, and unless you know someone in that job, you may not really know what certain jobs are all about. To get a clearer idea of the sort of occupations that you might enjoy, read about careers at CareerOneStop. This website includes career videos and projections on what careers are likely to grow. Another resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook which presents a profile of hundreds of jobs in a searchable alphabetized database.
3. Consider your life goals
When you are thinking about career training and following a career path, try to take the long view. What are your life goals? What lifestyle are you imagining for yourself? Do you envision raising a family? What area of the country do you want to live in? Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years? These kinds of questions help you to decide what kind of job might fit into your life goals. To help you plan ahead, try Career OneStop’s goal-setting tool to get yourself on the path to success!
4. Talk to people with experience
Once you’ve done a little research online, it’s helpful to talk to real live human beings. See if you can connect with someone in the career field that interests you. Maybe your friends or family know someone in that field. Maybe you can connect with someone through LinkedIn. Or maybe a teacher or mentor can introduce you to an experienced person. This is a great way to learn what it’s really like in a certain job field.
5. Plan your education
Most professional careers are going to require some type of education. As you narrow down your options, be sure to find out what type of education will be required, how long it takes, the cost of tuition, and where the schools are located. Education Planner has a search tool to find schools that offer the right programs for you. It also helps you understand the basics of student aid, so that you can find the best way to afford the education you want.
With these steps, we hope you are headed in the right direction and feeling more comfortable with choosing a career path that works for you. It’s an important decision, and we wish you the best!
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