Choose your industry
What should you do when you start to choose your career? Which industry should you choose? This is a million-dollar question. Many highly successful people have actually fallen into a field by chance. However, given the technology available currently, it is much easier to analyze the different available fields and choose your dream career.
- Which careers are growing?
- Career Databases such as onet.com have a list of all industries with growth rate and average salary
- Google search “fastest growing careers”
- Which careers are you passionate about?
- Which courses did you enjoy most at school?
- What did you enjoy doing most at your last job?
- Which careers closely relate to your previous experience?
- What skills do job postings in different careers require?
- What transferable skills do you possess that can be used in those jobs?
- Which careers do your family and friends work in?
- These are industries in which you have one foot in the door.
Come up with a list of careers, and sort them by level of interest.
What are the essential skills?
- Search for the ten jobs in the careers you are most interested in using Monster, LinkedIn and CareerBuilder. These jobs must interest you.
- Make a list of skills that you need for these jobs. Also include number of years of experience
- In this list, decide which skills you possess.
- Using b and c, fill the Skills Matrix chart.
What skills do you have?
Make a list of “I Have Skills”.
- These are ones you should emphasize in your resume and portfolio.
- Make a list of interview stories for these experiences using “STAR” format.
What skills do you need to train for?
Also come up with a list of “I need Skills”.
- This will form the basis of your training plan.
- If the Skill is a degree such as “Bachelor of Science in Engineering”, then you do need to look at getting a degree in the field.
- If the Skill requires a certain number of years of experience, you can look at training yourself online. There are a few ways in which you can gain experience which can be of interest to employers:
- Do a few pet projects that demonstrate your expertise and document them clearly. Be able to explain them in “STAR” interview format.
- Apply to internships in your area of expertise.
- Volunteer your skills to employers in your industry that interest you.
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