Choosing a career is not an easy task, regardless of who you are and where you want to get in life. Even more than that, the pressure of the fact that this is going to be a hugely important decision will always make you feel stressed out.
How do you choose your dream career? How do you settle on a particular path to follow when it comes to your career? How do you know for sure you have made the best decision? Here are some things you will want to keep in mind.
Know What Your Skills Are – And Be Honest about What Your Skills Are Not
Let’s be honest: we are not all born to be magnificent artists who change the world of music or painting. We are not all born to be genius IT programmers either. And we are not all born to be cosmonauts.
Sure, you can be whatever you want to be if you work hard enough. But you have to start out by being honest to yourself. Knowing which your skills are at the moment will help you improve in the future. And they will eventually help you settle yourself on a good career path for you.
Think of Your Finances before You Go Off to College
Before you pick a college to help you with your career, make sure you do some math. College education costs a lot in the US and it is not very cheap anywhere else in the world either. Most of the students borrow money to go further into their education. But before you do that (or simply use your college savings account), think very well on whether you will get your investment back or not.
Like it or not, some college degrees are not worth it. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pursue your dream career – not in any way! But bear in mind that some careers are not so much focused on what diploma you are holding but on your experience, talent and level of determination.
Test it Out
It will be difficult to test out being, for example, a doctor. Or a lawyer. Or anything else for that matter. But you should at least try to volunteer or to get yourself into a job that gets you closer to that. This way, you will have the inside person’s point of view on what a career in that field would assume. You would be amazed at how many things are just not spelled out when it comes to certain careers! No book, counselor or article on the Internet will ever be able to offer you with what hands-on experience can offer.
Follow Your Heart
Ultimately, a dream career is not so dreamy any longer if you are in it for the money only. Sure, money can play quite some role into your decision (after all you will have to eat and live under a roof!). But in the end, it is all down to how you feel about your potential career. Does it feel interesting? Are you ready to spend a lifetime to learn about the field in which you work? Would you do this until you are 68? Think of these things and follow your heart, but make sure your brain has a say in this as well!