Avoiding the Wrong Career Path

Posted on: February 9th, 2017

Source: JobsDB

Top 10 Ways to Find Your Career Path

Have you ever asked yourself if the career you have chosen is right for you? It is surprisingly easy, through pressure or simply by chance, to take the incorrect path. That’s why people turn out to be teachers when they should have become accountants and vice versa. Sadly, such people suffer from a sustained lack of self-actualization in their work, never feel successful, and always sense that their skills could be applied more excellently elsewhere.
The most important thing to understand is that you are in control. In some cases, this starts at an early age when family and teachers recognize and encourage your capacities and interests and help to steer you on a path that will fulfil your destiny. This will usually dictate your choice of tertiary study; your career path is mapped out ahead of you and you move steadily forward.

But many people aren’t so fortunate. They fall into a degree by accident or because it was what their best friend did. They graduate with little understanding of the job prospects available to them and none the wiser as to what they really want to do.
Self-assessment should be a continuous process. You should periodically re-evaluate yourself to ensure you are not involved in a role for which you are clearly unsuited. At this stage, you should also make a list of things that you do well.

Next, find out more about the career you want to pursue and take time to define some faithful objectives that will help you achieve your goal. For example, a change of career may not only require that you gain experiences, it might also require you to gain more vocational experience or even voluntary work to show that your determination and commitment is genuine.

While guidance and advice from your parents and friends may be useful, you should make sure you are not turning other’s dreams into your own. You should have a clear sense of what you want to do. Figure out who you are and recognize your strengths and weaknesses.

And don’t be tempted to just “follow the money”. You might think that you are prepared to do anything if the salary is high and the perks include a attractive bonus, only to discover that the level of commitment you are expected to give is too great. If the role becomes seriously stressful and impacts on your work-life balance you will soon dislike the job so much that you must leave.

Finally, careers don’t always follow a smooth path from university to retirement. You may stay in your field, but it is just as likely that you will have two or three distinct careers in your lifetime – particularly if you have opted for periodic self-assessment. Remember that it is never too late to change, even if you feel you are too old to switch careers or that your professional life has reached a plateau.