Choosing a career that is right for you is no small task, whether you are just starting out with your professional career, looking for a change or returning to work after being away. Today, we will explore how you can go about choosing the right career for yourself. With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, and most people often are. If you don’t know what you want to do, the task may seem impossible. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re one of them. Even with thousands of Courses, Certificates and Diplomas to choose from at Alison, we know you’ll need a little help in selecting the right ones for your career path. No matter what stage of your career you are at, with guidance, organisation, and knowing your strengths, making the right career choice won’t seem scary.
The Alison Career Guide
As you all know by now, here at Alison, we are all about 100% free education, with 23 Million learners over 15 years. We also know that learning for the sake of it (unless you’re into it, in which case we say, awesome!), doesn’t yield the best results when studying towards a career goal.
Thankfully, we have a solution. The Alison Career Guide will help you make the right decisions when it comes to your career. Designed by experts to help you find out what you need to succeed From planning, the courses you’ll need to succeed, and finally, to get that certificate. The Career Guide will help you.
Before you can choose the right career, you must learn about yourself. Your values, interests, soft skills, and aptitudes, combined with your personality type, make some occupations a good fit for you and others completely inappropriate.
Use a self-assessment tool, such as our Workplace Personality Test to gather information about your traits and generate a list of occupations that are a good fit.
Make a List of Occupations to Explore
You probably have lots of potential occupations in front of you, keep yourself organised, and combine them into one list. Title it “Occupations to Explore.” Your self assessment will have indicated they are a good fit for you based on several of your traits, so they’re worth exploring. Next, find the occupations on your lists that appeal to you. They may be careers you know a bit about and want to explore further. Also, include professions about which you don’t know much. You might learn something unexpected.
Explore the Occupations on Your List & Narrow Them Down
Once you managed to narrow your list down, you can get more information about each of the occupations on your list. Look at public sources, you will find job descriptions as well as educational, training, and requirements. Discover your options for growth. Use market statistics to learn about salaries and career opportunities.
Now that you have the information, narrow down your list even further. Begin eliminating the occupations you don’t want to pursue further based on what you learnt from your research.
If the reasons for you not wanting to persue a particular job are non-negotiable, check it off your list. Remove everything that has tasks that you don’t want to do. Careers with poor employment prospects should be avoided. Remove yourself from any career if you are unable or unwilling to meet the educational or other standards, or if you lack any of the soft skills required to succeed in it.
Set Your Goals & Action Plan
Once you’ve made a decision, define your long-term and short-term goals. This assists in planning a path toward finally getting job in your desired area. Long-term goals normally take three to five years to accomplish, but short-term goals may usually be completed in six months to three years.
Allow your research on necessary education and training to serve as a guide. Do extra research if you don’t have all of the information. Set your goals when you’ve gathered all of the necessary information. Examples of long and short term goals are; completing your education and training is an example of a long-term goal. Applying to college, apprenticeships, other training programmes, and internships are all short-term objectives.
Create a career action plan, which is a written plan that lists all of the actions you will need to do to achieve your goals. Consider it a road map that will take you from point A to point B. ist of all your short- and long-term goals, as well as the steps you’ll need to take to achieve each one. Include any potential roadblocks to reaching your goals, as well as plans to overcome them.
This may appear to be a lot of work—and it is. However, it is much easier to carve out a professional path when you know what you want. Taking these actions now can save you a lot of trouble and confusion later on.
Make Your Career Choice
Finally, after completing all of your research, you are most probably ready to start choosing a career that is right for you and go about landing your dream job. Based on your research, choose the career that you believe will provide you with the most satisfaction. Remember that you have the right to a second chance if you change your mind about a decision at any time in your life. Many people change jobs at least a few times throughout their lives, so don’t fell bad if the one you are currently in isn’t the right one for you.