Finding your career path is hard, no matter what age you are. I feel like nowadays there is so much pressure to have a plan – to know exactly where to go but there is something that people tend to forget: trying to figure out what to do is an important decision that needs time and patience. Truth is, most people don’t just wake up in the morning and say oh I know this is what I want to do! For most people it’s way harder than that. However if you are at a point in your life where you feel comfortable tackling this topic but don’t know how to start – I tried to put some ideas together that might help you in that process. Now I can’t tell you how you get to a certain point in your live but I can tell you how other people did it. So I talked to some of my friends, teachers and family members and asked them how they did it. And these are the things that they came up with.
Determine your interests and think about the things that are important to you: Obviously the first thing you need to do when choosing your career path is trying to figure out what you are interested in. So I would suggest taking a piece of paper and start writing down everything that comes to your mind and be precise. So for example don’t say you like talking to people, say what you like about talking to people? Is it the communication factor in general, or do you like motivating people, exchanging ideas, giving them tips, or listening to what they have to say? Every detail counts.
Compare your interests with your skills: Once you’ve written down all the things you are interested in you need to think about the things you are good at. Doing that will help you to figure out what career paths are actually impossible to pursue. For example: On the one hand I love singing. I do it all the time – in the shower, in my car, in the living room while cleaning the flat or on my way to work. But I wouldn’t say I’m particularly good at it, so a career as a singer would not be possible for me. But on other hand I love writing and I have a blog which is full of my own content. So why not improve my skills and become a copywriter or a journalist. See what I mean? Now if you wanted to be really organized you could even make a little list and try to divide them in to different levels: possible to improve/learn and not possible to improve/learn.
Do some research: Next you want to take the interests you are good at or that can be improved and do your research. Look around the internet and see what jobs are out there that match your interests and could potentially become a career path. If you find something that interests, take note. Depending on how many interests you have it would be clever to research in two steps. First you find the jobs that sound interesting to you and second you try to find out more detailed things like salary, companies that offer these kind of jobs, estimated working hours, etc. These will be very helpful for the next step.
Think about the things that are important to you: Once you’ve completed all these steps and have a list with a few or a lot of jobs that you like you need to take a step back and think about the things that are important to you. No matter if it’s money, success, fame, family, adventure or anything else – be as honest as you can. Then go back to your list and compare your vision with the jobs you have found and if there is something that doesn’t match up, take it off your list. This is where all the details you found our earlier come in handy.
After this you should have a small list with careers you can pursue. Now I know this process seems way too easy but sometimes it’s better not to overthink certain matters too much. And don’t get discouraged when you don’t come to a conclusion right away. Do the process two or three times if you need to – that’s totally fine. You can even add another step and do internships in all the different jobs you found. This will give you even more insight and will make it much easier to decide. I hope this was helpful to at least some of you. If you have any more tips or questions, please leave me a comment down below. xo, Marie