6 Factors To Consider While Choosing A Career Path

Thinking of how to choose what you want to do in life? Confused on the path to trail? This article is a self-approach to career choosing and will give you a guide on how to choose a career path, so you don't make decisions you will regret. While choosing a career path, there are basic principles you need to know and take into consideration. They are;

1. KNOWING YOURSELF:

Figuring out what you should do with your life may sometimes require you to get to know yourself better. Know your strengths, values, personality and skills. This will help you decide which choice best fits you. Know your options too and learn about each one of them.

2. CONSIDER YOUR DREAM CAREER:

Think about what you would do if you don't have to work, if you had a million naira and you could do anything, what would you venture into? The answer to this question will literally give you an insight on what your dream career is. For instance, will you consider going into audio engineering or music composition if you are good with music. If you want to be an actor or actress, you will consider going back to school to study Media broadcasting or Theatre Arts. You can get a degree in communications or work your way up the chain of command in a local news or television Studio. If you have interest in travelling around the world, then becoming a pilot or a steward in an airline can be a starting point to pursue your dream of travelling. These careers are easy to pursue and you will be much more likely to survive and provide for yourself in the future.

3. CONSIDER YOUR HOBBIES:

Many hobbies correspond to real world needs and positions. Consider what you like doing and how that might fit into a career. Someone that likes sports should consider going into sports like football, volley ball and the likes of it depending on the one you like.

4. CONSIDER YOUR SKILLS:

Think about the basic skills you have for instance, if you like fixing things or making things, this can provide you with a great future career. Schooling may or may not be necessary but skilled labour is often in demand and you will find it fairly easy to find work. For someone who likes repairing or fixing things, he/she can go into carpentry or furniture making, auto repair, construction or electrical work. These are all stable paying jobs. Other skills like cooking can also turn into a career.

Will use my mum as an example, she's a very good cook and right now, she's making her millions with cooking at occasions and events. Such skills can also make someone start up a restaurant or fast food. Someone that knows how to fix hair can start up a salon and the list goes on. It just entails engaging yourself into abrupt and deep thinking to find out what one is really good at and can do well.

5. CONSIDER YOUR FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS:

Our ability to pursue or change careers may hinge on our financial situation. Some career path may require special schooling and this is sometimes expensive, however, you should not feel that being poor can prevent you from getting the education you want, there are lots of Govt. Programs (though rare in Nigeria) that can help you pay school tuition, also look up for Scholarships, grants and apprenticeship programs.

6. CONSIDER THE CAREERS YOU HAVE EASY ACCESS TO:

Consider what careers are available for you to easily walk into, these would be careers that you possess the necessary skills for, example is working in the same company as your parents, working for a family business or working for a friend. If your options are limited, choosing a career in which you can quickly enter may be your best option.

In conclusion, people rarely know right away what career they should pursue or be in and it takes most people several years to settle into their desired career path. Don't feel like you are left behind if you don't like your career, change it. Sometimes, it takes more work especially if you are older but its possible for everyone.

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