How to Choose the Right Career Path for You
I remember when I was a senior in high school, and I had no idea what I wanted to study. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had no idea what college I wanted to go to. I was only 18 after all. If I had known then what I know now, finding the right career for me would have been a lot simpler.
Most young adults are probably going through the same thing I went through. I want to share what I think it necessary to think about when choosing a career path that will be a great fit for you.
Ask yourself what you're passionate about.
Knowing what you like and don't like will help determine what type of job will be a good fit for you. If you hate going to the doctor or dentist, then you shouldn't major in pharmacy or medicine. However, there's more to you than that. What interests you? What do you enjoy doing? One of my hobbies to going to the movies and watching a good film. I also like reading and writing. I know that the film industry has jobs in production, writing, advertising, event planning, and more.
Go out of your comfort zone.
I took a public speaking course in college. It was not something I wanted to do voluntarily. It was a requirement to earn my communications degree, so I decided to sign up for the class as soon as possible to get it over with. Little did I know that it ended up being one of the most useful and helpful classes I took! The class helped me build confidence; I was more skilled in how well I could communicate. Just don't be afraid to try something you think you won't like. You never know until you try!
Prioritize what's important to you.
Personally, I never cared too much about how much money I made at a job. I cared more about the work and the people I worked with. But for others, income is important, and they want to make a lot of money. Low paying careers probably won't work well for you.
Do you want to work a variety of hours or do you want a solid 9-5? For years, I hated working second shift and the weekends. But I found that I missed it after I started working 9-5 for two years. It's an aspect I never considered to be important. Now I know that I wouldn't mind have a job that had irregular hours which is something I will consider next time I am looking for one.
There's plenty of other factors that I won't dig into you. It's up to you to ask yourself what's important to you in a job.
Research universities, majors, and potential job markets.
Sometimes a simple internet search is all it takes to spark an interest. Most websites will explain in detail what majors that universities offer, and what kind of career you can have with different degrees.
Reach out to the administrators and even college professors. They would be happy to give you advice and answer your questions. They will likely provide you with resources that you'll need: what the job markets are like now and how they'll change in the next five years, what kind of training you'll need to get an internship or entry level job, and what you can do to decide which major is right for you.
Don't give up. It's okay if you're unsure.
I spent my entire freshmen year deciding what I wanted to study. I took a class that explained all the different majors and what kind of careers I could get with them. It was a great time in my life to figure out who I wanted to be! Don't feel like you're inadequate because you don't know what kind of career you want. It's perfectly normal to be unsure, and it's definitely okay!
What advice would you give someone who is just entering college?