Career Choice Guidance
Career choice guidance: How do you know what career path you want to take when you grow up? What are some things you should consider? What career tests exist that you should look at taking?
The high school and college years are the primary times when people make live-changing decisions. Not the least of these decisions is what they want to do when they grow up. For many people it's obvious to them. But for others, the answer to this question doesn't come as easily. Some people who can't decide what to do when they grow up sometimes enter adulthood still not knowing what to do. This may not be a problem, as they tend to enter the workforce in a job they see will further other areas of their lives. But if you are determined to figure out what job to have as a career, how can you decide? Here are some tips.
• Ask yourself about your personality. Make a list of the hobbies you enjoy participating in most. Think hard about this list and don't forget anything.
• Analyze your hobbies. Consider if there's one hobby–or interest--of yours that particularly sticks out in your mind as something you think you'll continue for the rest of your life. Then consider whether there's a related career available that can help you turn your hobby into a career.
• Take a personality test. There are several personality tests on the market, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. These are hour-long tests you can take that measure what your personality type is and interests are. At the end of the test, the test then presents lists of career choices that fit your level of interest, depending on the way you tested.
• Talk with family and friends. Sit down and have serious discussions with those who know you best about the different careers that they think might interest you most. After all, they know you best and may have some interesting ideas.
• After you've compiled all this data and taken in all this input, make as long a list of possible of all the potential careers you have. Then start crossing off the careers that you aren't as interested in and circle the ones you are most interested in. Get the list down to no more than five different career options and find out what the requirements are for those particular jobs.
• Analyze your final jobs. Look at the requirements for each and what you have to do to get those jobs. Consider an internship with someone who does the job that you'd like to have in order to determine your level of interest.