Most people need some sort of preparation prior to entering a career. But what should you study or train for if you’re not sure what you want to do after graduation? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests the first step should be to explore your interests.
Knowing what you enjoy…and are good at…is important because the career you choose will be a big part of your life. Decide what you like to do, then find careers that feature the same, or similar, tasks. Candidates also may want to check out local employers and the positions they offer or need.
Determining the Right Career For You
Your instincts often will point you in the right direction. However, if you need reassurance, there are a variety of career tests available online that are designed to match your personality with the most optimum career options for best job satisfaction. Some use complex formulas to determine your personality…then point you toward career areas that should work best. For example, certain thinker/feeler or extrovert/introvert “personalities” (i.e., INTJ and ENFJ – don’t ask…it’s too complicated to explain here) may be best suited to technology-oriented positions, while others (ISFPs, ESFJs) are likely to gravitate toward healthcare and social services.
Fortis Can Help Prepare You for Your Future Career
Your salary needs, along with finding careers that offer growth opportunities also could figure into your plans. Fortis Colleges and Institutes can prepare students for several fast-growing careers, such as nursing, information security analysts and EMTs, to dental assistants and hygienists, medical assistants and massage therapists, among others. While Fortis won’t prepare you for some of the highest-paying careers, such as physicians and surgeons, attorneys or airline pilots…options that include radiologic technologists, computer & information system managers, nurse anesthetists, and clinical research coordinators could be within reach of ambitious, successful graduates.
Ultimately, you must choose what you like to do…and want to do. If that happens to be a skilled trade because you like working with your hands, don’t fret. An advocate for skilled tradesmen, Mike Rowe believes we’re headed for a “Skills Gap” that, if not addressed, will create problems for our economy. His goal is to help people find happiness doing jobs that really need doing – jobs from truck driving and HVAC servicing, to electrical trades and information technology that bring personal satisfaction and decent salaries.
Fortis can prepare you for those as well. Learn more about the various career education opportunities available to you through Fortis Colleges and Institutes.