How To Choose Your Career Path

Whether you’re trying to figure out what you want to do after graduation, or looking to change professions, choosing the right career path isn’t always easy. But no matter which stage you’re in, there are a few tips that can help make the career choosing or changing process more successful.

How to Choose Your Career

First, experts say not to let yourself get dragged into thinking you’ve only got one shot at finding your “true calling” or vocation. Since most of us likely will change career directions several times during our lives, try not to think of your career choice as a lifetime decision. Instead, treat your career as a learning experience to inform what you’d like to try next. Knowing that you can change your mind helps take some of the pressure out of the career decision-making process.

 

The best place to start is by considering what it is that you naturally enjoy doing and what you do best. Think about what’s most important to you--what sort of working environment best meets your needs, and what sort of work will keep you energized. If you’re having troubling narrowing down your list, or focusing on a general area, the career-planning tools found on such websites as CareerInfoNet.org and Manager-Tools.com may prove beneficial.


Using Networking And Specific Goals To Plan Your Career Path

When focusing on your career path, think STAR and CAR. Doing Situation, Task, Action and Result (STAR) or Challenge Action and Result (CAR) exercises can help you better define what you hope to do--and how your previous experiences qualify you for that career. By reviewing past accomplishments, you also help put yourself in a positive frame-of-mind that will better promote success.

Network with people who are in a position to help you is also a fundamental aspect of choosing your career path. Using all the tools available to you—online on social media websites like LinkedIn, or in-person networking at career-specific events—will help you maximize the effect of your networking efforts. Having a good network of industry contacts can also help align your expectations with reality while also exposing you to jobs and careers you never knew existed. Sometimes your “true calling” won’t be advertised on the billboards of life.

 

One final tip – don’t fall into the trap of loading every little bit of information into your resume. Most employers won’t have time to concentrate on more than a one-page resume. However, be sure that what’s included in your qualifications is relevant to the position you seek. For more information, check out our infographic on crafting the perfect resume.

 

Ready to jump in and start preparing for that new career now? A good first step might be to discuss your options with a Fortis admissions counselor. Fortis College and Institute campuses prepare students from careers in healthcare, nursing business and technology, and skilled trades.

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