Choosing a career path can be a daunting task for anyone. How are you to know that the career path you chose, is the right one? Many will tell you to “follow your passion” or “do what you love,” but that is not an easy thing to do. Unless you are blessed being able to join the professional aspect of your favorite sport…or at least get a paycheck from a knowledge base you have, in what you are passionate in… you join the rest of the herd.
Choosing a career that makes you happy is a good start, but how can we know what that will be? There are more than a couple questions you can ask yourself that may guide you in the right direction:
What are you good at?
Make a list of your top10 Hard and Soft skills
Read them, adjust them if you have to… and research what Industries can utilize them
An interview question that I always ask: What does your perfect job look like to you? When does the work day start? How many hours are you working in a week? How many people are working with you, at your perfect job? Are you dressed casually, business casual or conservative? How far are you willing to travel?
This helps me determine; What shift: 1st, 2nd or 3rd (you’d be surprised-we are not all day walkers), what size company, and believe it or not, dress can indicate if someone is in a creative group or a more stereotypical corporate environment.
Today, more so than ever, it seems that small business’ are the most appealing. General flexibility in employee schedules, great environments to learn new skills, a close knit group of people invested in the business and each other. Large companies offer, generally a higher salary or compensation packages, travel, joining the corporate “club.” Those are highly competitive and may be everything you are looking for! But until you start somewhere, you’re not going to know what is going to be just right for you.
I suggest that you relieve some of the pressure of finding the perfect career… just find a direction.
Do you want to be outside? In an office? Large? Small? You are the only one that knows financially what you can afford to work for, so determine what you can afford for compensation and start there. The next step is to see what jobs are available in your area. It may be discouraging that your perfect job isn’t going to jump out at you on Career Builder or Indeed, but keep your chin up and keep going. It takes time, sometimes years, to figure out what you perfect career is.
One solution could be utilizing a Staffing agency to help you. We have knowledge in a plethora of industries, some that you may not even know exist! We can offer you options that perhaps you hadn’t considered, because you didn’t know about them. I look at everyone that comes before my team and I, as an opportunity to help, in one facet or another.
It is important that you establish a work history with a bit of longevity, 2 plus years- per job. So try and chose your job based on the people that you will be working with… try and meet the team, before accepting the position. Make sure you can do the commute in seasonal months that may present inclement weather, and that you can afford the compensation to accept the job… Then go for it. It’s another step on your journey. You can always change the path you are on.