They say do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Yes, some people may already have an idea which exact career path they want to pursue. However, not everyone has it all figured out, which is okay. With the many professions in the world it can feel intimidating trying to narrow down a job that you’re going to love. If you’re finding yourself in this position, then read our helpful tips to help you choose the right career path!
Start by having a general idea of the things you are interested in
We all want to succeed in our chosen profession, right? Sometimes it seems almost impossible to figure out where to begin. Begin by basing your real life interests and relate them to school curriculum. Note everything down and place your interests into categories that fit appropriately. For example, if you have an interest in esthetics, you can place that under the category ‘Health and Beauty’. After categorizing all your interests, you can then apply them to a ranking list. The ones you enjoy the most can be ranked at the top, and then continue onto the bottom. Once you have a general idea of your ranking list, you can then begin researching specific types of jobs in that interest. The right career path will almost choose itself.
Research your career
It’s important to do extensive research as it can help in better understanding the type of job profession you want to study. The internet offers a substantial amount of information that can provide you with knowledge on any career salaries, requirements, benefits, skills etc! You can take this time to do as much research as possible as It can help you determine which career path you should move forward in. If you’re not sure what to research, then take a look at this article that offers valuable information on why you should do career research!
Networking is an essential career tool. It can provide valuable assistance in determining if a specific industry is right for you. Connect with individuals in your field of interest that can provide beneficial insight as well as let you know about job openings or opportunities. There’s never a wrong time to start networking, it’s a great way to put yourself out there! Not only can you leave a great impression, but this can also improve confidence. A couple of ways you can get involved in networking are by:
- Attending industry events
- Participate in workshops
- Attending or joining conferences
- Connecting with alumni
- Reaching out to industry professionals
- Utilizing social media (ex. LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
Still not sure? Try taking a career quiz
If you find that you still don’t have an idea of which direction you should take, then try taking a career quiz. Career quizzes are a fun way to help explore and widen your career options! There are hundreds of quizzes online that you can take like this one here from the Government of Canada. Career quizzes are designed to get a better idea of the type of jobs you should be working in based on skills, personality, and work values. Once completing the questionnaire, you’ll be given access to your results of a ranking of job titles that best match your answers.
You are in charge of your future. Decisions may never be easy, but here at Trillium College, we have faith that you’ll be able to find a career for you! If you would prefer to have someone’s help, then check out our Student Services page on our website. Our career coaches can provide you with one-on-one assistance in offering you exceptional support and guidance in order for you to be fully equipped to attain your employment goals.