How To Choose The Right Career For You

Many people say when you find a job that you love, then you will never work a day in your life. Unfortunately, finding that perfect job is far from easy. From a very young age we’re asked what it is that we want to be when we grow up, and although “princess” and “dinosaur” are fair answers for a child, there comes the point when people expect a serious one. However, this isn’t a simple decision to make. After all, there are so many different careers out there for you to consider, and this is such a huge decision that could affect your entire life. To help you make yours, here are some great tips.


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Know Your Strengths

Before you can look at any careers, it’s important that you consider the strengths, skills, and knowledge you already possess. After all, you can complete training and learn new things to get jobs, but it’s much easier for you and potential employers if you already know what you’re doing. If you have an accounting diploma, for example, then working as a chartered accountant might be ideal. You should make a list of all of the skills and qualifications you have and match them to jobs you like the sound of.


Find Your Passion

Everyone needs to work because everyone needs money, but you’ll find that life is so much more enjoyable if you find a job you genuinely like. Of course, it might be easier for you to become a chartered accountant, because of your diploma, but you have to understand that it’s one of the UK’s hardest jobs, so you’re going to need to be passionate too, or you won’t have the motivation required to get things done. Because of this, you should consider your interests and passions while looking at careers.


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Carry Out Thorough Research

While you may have a particular passion you want to explore further and develop into a career, you may need certain qualifications for the role you have in mind. To ensure you end up in a career you enjoy and can see yourself in for the long-term, research the role thoroughly and find out how you can progress. You may need to enroll in a course to enhance your knowledge, and there are some careers where you may need to spend a few years studying beforehand. For example, to become a doctor there are requirements for medical school you need to meet, such as completing a four-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject. By carrying out detailed research, it will help give you an idea of any necessary qualifications needed to advance and succeed in your chosen career. 

Take A Test

If you’ve done this work and still feel pretty confused, then you could take a career test. These tend to assess your skills, strengths, and passions, like what you tried to do above, but do so by asking you a set of questions that you need to answer in a set time frame. Once you’ve finished your questions, your answers are assessed, and you are generally given three or four career options that should suit you and offer fulfillment. You can find these types of tests easily on the internet, or could alternatively visit a career counselor for help.


Consider Your Options

Once you have a list of careers that match up with your strengths and interests, you need to consider all other aspects of your life to see which of these careers is most suited to you. If you’re a single parent, for example, then a job where you can work from home would be a lot more suited than one where you work long shifts and your hours change every week. Another important fact to take into consideration is driving. If you can’t drive, you’ll also have to consider how you’ll get to work every day, which might also affect your decision. If you’re struggling to make a decision, then seek help from a professional or loved one.


Choosing a career is a big decision, so take your time and find one that will make you genuinely happy.


Are you happy with your career? Sound off in the comments section below.


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45 responses

  1. Good link and great blog post Stella. Yes I am happy with my vocation. Its not a vocation (which it is for me) I ever thought I would do, or my late mom dreamed I would do as it would have horrified her.

    I am an holisitic practitioner in recovery services and the threads which manifest from chaotic and difficult lives.

    It’s primarily for me around domestic abuse and the threads that come off it. Yes I have survived all that from childhood and the first marriage to the ex. Hence why I am able to do it as I have the experience of needs and empathy.

    Contrary to people’s stereo type beliefs of abuse, there is more going on in the homes that look very nice on the surface than you would expect, it to come from.

    2 women a week are still dieing from domestic abuse. 1 in 5 children will witness domestic abuse. That leaves the next generation damaged as the sins of out forefathers get passed down the generations and so it continues. You tend to recreate what you know.
    I did.

    Fortunately I got to break that mould and the damage isn’t passed down to my adult children to pass on. As I and my 2nd husband who is everything the ex wasn’t worked hard with the 4 to ensure they weren’t damaged long term and change the future. They all very happy today and in strong stable relationships. Unfortunately the majority dont get this.

    Perhaps it something you could look at a blog post on as of your readers there will be mant being abused who don’t realise they are. I didn’t cos I knew no different and everything looked good on the surface

    • That is an amazing career. You are a blessing to many as you have experienced it all first hand. The domestic abuse stats are really shocking. Many women and children are suffering.

    • Great post. So glad I stumbled upon your page. It’s so true, it’s hard to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. I stumbled into Hospitality, and although it’s a stressful business, nothing has ever made me smile quite the same.

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  3. I have always wanted to be a journalist. It has been a dream since I was in grade school. However, since my parents had different plans for me, I took a totally different course when I got into uni. I am still following my passion, even if I am working in a totally unrelated field. My passion for writing makes me happy, while my current career brings food to the table. Best of both worlds. 🙂

  4. Some great advice here for those looking to embark on their career, perhaps after school or uni. I took a bit of a career change in 2012, from journalism in to marketing, but it wasn’t too much of a difference so the transition wasn’t hard. I never had any marketing qualifications prior to then though, so it’s prove that qualifications aren’t necessarily needed if you have the right attitude and transferable skills x

  5. Making the right career choice is so important as it will set you up for life.Your tips are excellent for those persons who are unsure what path they want to follow.

  6. My son was still undecided what he wanted to take up in uni. He first enrolled in a business course and then found out his true passion – computers and information technology. He’s on his senior year now and I can see he loves what he is doing.

  7. This is really informative post indeed. You gave some sound advice and I think this article is going to be so helpful to a lot of people, especially those just graduating uni!

  8. Wonderful post and I agree wholeheartedly with the advice that you have provided. I’m happy with my career choice for the most part, but it comes with its fair share of challenges. However, that is any career! 🙂

  9. These are some wonderful tips for choosing your career! I feel the most important part is passion and doing something that you love! It is the biggest feeling in this world!

  10. You really do need to know the things you are good at if you want to succeed at what you love. And secondly think about what you can do to make money from the things you love. That helps too.

  11. in my mid 40s i find myself wishing for another career and i must admit i found the test pretty useful and your post very motivational. Any advice for creatives?

    • Glad you found the post motivational. I always advice creatives to follow their passion, their heart. Even if it doesn’t pay the bills yet. Work on it by the side while you work in a job that pays the bills.

  12. I’ve been going all around the place for choosing what is right for I think you need to explore different things to know exactly what you like doing . I’m still in search probably find my dream career soon .

  13. I always find myself on your blog. Great blogs all the time! Careers to depend on your passion, and strengths. I think that how people consciously make their decision. It if realized it or not. It surprising how many people do not realize when pick their career of choice! Once again another great article!

  14. I agree with building on your strengths. My talents are in writing so I am using it to earn now. 😀

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