Picking a career is an important part of life for many people. Some people seem like they knew what they wanted to do since they were born. Others have a difficult time deciding their next step once they finish school. Here is our advice on how to figure out what career path to choose.
Consider your interests
The best way to ensure you will enjoy your career is to pick something that you will find enjoyable and interesting. You do not have to pick something you’re obsessed with – you just need to make sure that whatever path you choose will keep you engaged. Nobody wants to be bored at work! And more importantly, nobody wants to dread going to work. So, if you’re not sure what you may like, it may be a good start to make a list of things you know you wouldn’t enjoy.
Look at your strengths
Are you very confident and extroverted? Can you think on your feet? Do you work well under pressure? It is important to consider what you are good at. This does not mean you cannot learn new skills and improve on your weaknesses – but looking at what you are naturally good at might help you direct your energy when it comes to picking a career.
Think about how you want to work
Do you like the idea of a 9 to 5, Monday to Friday job? Maybe you would prefer shift work? Are long hours and overtime something you would be okay with? Do you prefer working in teams or on your own? These are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself when considering career options.
Different career fields will have different working hours, patterns, and demands. Thinking about your ideal working pattern will help you figure out which career paths may be most suitable for you.
Get some experience
One of the best ways to get an insight into what a career is really like, is to get some work experience. Do not be afraid to email companies to ask if they could offer you a placement, even if they are not advertising vacancies. Keep in mind that it may be tricky finding experience in some fields during a pandemic, so do not feel bad if you are unsuccessful. Try looking for experience that is even vaguely related to the field you may want to work in and remember that transferrable skills are always valuable!
Worried about the pandemic affecting finding your next job?
Healthcare and social care jobs are almost always recruiting, so if you enjoy working with and helping people, take a look at our vacancies or contact us to find out more about how we can help you find your new job!
Temporary jobs may also be something to look into while the world gets back on its feet.