How to make a career choice

     
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People make a career choice in many different ways. This video runs through a few paths to help get you thinking about your own career path

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People make a career choice in many different ways. This video runs through a few paths to help get you thinking about your own career path

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People make career choices in different ways.

Some people make a decision based on what friends or family members say. They know you well and can identify your strengths and abilities.

However, perhaps they are making decisions according to their own values and beliefs. They may have thwarted ambitions themselves and want to live their life through you.

Other people fall into a career. Perhaps it was their first job after university and they have steadily been promoted…

…then 10 years on they are a manager and wondering how they got there. Sometimes a different first job could have resulted in a very different future.

A third way is to follow your passion. An interest in sports and fitness for example, could lead to a satisfying career as a personal trainer, sports psychologist or physiotherapist.

There’s not always a conventional route into a job, just because you start in a job doesn’t mean that you get that promotion to the top.

So, to begin with, take a look at the sorts of jobs that are advertised. Try and identify trends - what sort of jobs are going to be around in the future? Talk to people and find out as much as you can.

Use a variety of sources. Online research is great, but also try and talk with people working in the field. You may already have contacts but you can also talk with people you meet via LinkedIn groups.

Make a decision.

Too many people fail to make a decision, they keep putting things off. Partly it's downright scary… they wonder if they have made the wrong choice, but good research should ease that worry.

If you want the job; you will do your research - find out about the job, the company, the industry, the competition. You will be clear how you match up, and expect to do well.

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