Choosing a career path can be one of the biggest – and most difficult – decisions you will ever make. You spend so much of your adult life carving out a career and making a living, but it can be difficult to actually pinpoint what you want to do and how you will make it a reality.
Below are some tips that can help you choose – and get – the career you want. HBA Learning Centres have more career development and training information and advice on their page.
Careers Don’t Have To Be Permanent
Gone are the days where you would choose a job – and usually an employer – and stick with it for the rest of your working life. In the modern world, you do have the freedom to change not only your employer or industry, but also your entire career path if you so choose – some people even change careers a couple of times over the course of their working life! Skills and experience are transferrable, so while you may sometimes need to undertake more training or study to get where you want to be, it doesn’t mean that everything you have done to date will go to waste.
A Career Is Not a Job Title
Having a career is not a destination focussed endeavour, so don’t think that you need to approach it from a perspective where there is one definitive thing that you will be. Try to take a broader approach; think about the type of industry or outcomes you would like to achieve from what it is you do. Do you want to help people? Do you want to be creative? Do you want to be able to travel? Asking questions like that to help narrow down the fields that might lead you to your dream lifestyle and career is more likely to help give you direction than trying to pinpoint the exact role you want.
What Are Your Hobbies and Interests?
There is no rule that says you can’t turn a passion into a career. While not everyone can be an A List movie star or musician, if you’re into performing perhaps you can look at going into camera work or audio engineering in case you don’t get your big break. Love playing computer games? Maybe a career as a games designer or programmer is up your alley. Think about the things you like to do, your hobbies and skills and the types of jobs and industries that are associated with those interests as you may well be able to turn them into a long term, viable career for you.
There is that old adage that if you choose a job you love you will never actually work a day in your life. Putting some thought into what you enjoy, and what will make you happy can put you on the path to finding a rewarding and fulfilling career option.
What advice would you give somebody trying to choose their dream career?