How to Choose Your Career

How to Choose Your Career

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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  1. 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.
  1. 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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