When we were younger, most of us had already mapped out what we wanted to be when we grew up. Many of us wanted to be doctors, pilots, lawyers, models, engineers among many other seemingly glamorous well-paying jobs. However, the older we grew the more we realized that our childhood career dreams were in reality, far from what we wanted to do later in life.Suddenly, there were so many other more interesting careers, and honestly, some of us were just not good enough in some subjects to qualify to be engineers or lawyers.
With a lack of clarity on what they want to do, many students go to college only to drop out after a short while because they feel that what they are pursuing is not what they want to do later in life. Research on the job market shows that many people are actually in careers they did not want to begin with, but they ended up in because of what they studied in college, or due to the fact that they landed in a job that did not require a particular area of expertise.
So, you are not alone if you're still wondering what your career path will be. But you can start the process by being clear about some of the issues we will raise be below.
What is your area of interest?
What are you passionate about, is it hair, is it makeup, is it agile web development or maybe you like tinkering with cars and may, therefore, think about pursuing a career in automotives. However, remember having a passion for something does not necessarily mean you are good at it.For instance with cars, your passion could be more on the joy of driving than on the mechanical aspects of the car.
If you are not passionate about what you are doing, you will become very frustrated once you enter the job market. Find your passion and build upon it.
Do a career assessment test.
Career assessment tests help you narrow down what you may wish to pursue as a career. The tests match your skills and personality to potential jobs that could be of interest. Due to the fact that most of these depend on self-reported interests and skills, you need to be very honest when taking the tests, otherwise you will not get the help you require to help you focus on a particular field.
Internship and mentorship
There are many organizations that offer internship programs and if you're able to get into one, it would be a great way for you to find out if that particular field is one you'd be interested in joining. Internships do not pay so you have to be very flexible on whether you can survive without pay for the period of the internship. The beauty is that you do not need prior experience, because you are there to get that valuable experience.
Mentors great give great advice on careers.Some organizations have mentorship programs that enable young people to gain valuable knowledge in a particular field.
You can also talk to people and find out what they do, or join professional social media sites like Linkedin to get valuable insights on different career paths.
Entering the job market is an important part of the life cycle. However, if you get into the wrong career you will become very frustrated due to lack of job satisfaction.Take some time to find out what you enjoy doing, and if you can get an opportunity to learn by doing internships, getting a mentor or job shadowing, do so before you make the final decision on whether that is the career you want to pursue.