How to Choose the Right Career Path?

Today’s topic – What are three ways that you can find out exactly what you want to do next? So, you may be that person that is, you’re working somewhere but you know that it’s a job, not really a career path. You may have a hard time trying to figure out ‘What do I actually want to do?’ If I’m going to spend my time somewhere, it needs to be something that I love, but I can’t quite figure it out. So you’re in the right place if that fits your story. Make sure that you stay through until the end because I have a few additional tips that I’d love to be able to share with you.

If you want to figure out what you want your career to be, the first thing that I want you do do is to make a list of what you don’t want to do. Right? So, you may know it somewhere it the back of your mind, but if you don’t actually write this out and say ‘you know what? I don’t like doing this, I don’t like doing that, I don’t want to do anything close to doing this’, because you’re gonna need that a little bit later and when you’re doing your own checks and balances when you’re starting to apply for jobs.

So, understanding what you don’t wanna do, understanding and accepting what hasn’t worked for you in the past is key for step number one. Number two, get an idea of what type of money do you want to make. Be very realistic about it. I know, I know, you’re gonna hear a lot of people who will say to you do not get a job for the money. But I’ll ask, ‘well, what are you supposed to be getting a job for?’

Now, I do understand and I do appreciate that if you do what you love, and the money will come. Right? But there’s some of a balance there. Money is important and that is why you’re working. I’m gonna repeat that again just in case it flew by you and flew by you over here. Money. Your salary. Your compensation. Your total rewards are important. That is why you’re working.

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If you want to volunteer, you can easily volunteer your time elsewhere. So do understand and do appreciate and accept the fact that money is something that you should pay attention to along your job search, while you’re trying to figure out that next career. But at the same time, it makes it a lot easier if you do something that you love because you can continue to do it until the money catches up, until you reach your financial goals.

So make sure that you have that equal balance there. Tip number three. What things are you really, really good at? It’s so important. In order for you to be successful in an organization, and in order for you to decide what organization you want to work within, you have to understand whether or not your talents, what you’re really talented in, is deemed as successful in that organization.

one of the things that I always say about me is that I’m a really good manager. I believe in people first, and then deadlines and deliverables. So if I work for an organization that believes in deadlines and deliverables first, at the expense of people, I’m never gonna be successful there because what makes me successful is how I invest in people and how I get them to move to the next level of performance.

7 steps that you should follow when trying to find your ideal career path

1. Make a List of Your Hobbies To enjoy what you do for the majority of the day, it’s essential to find a job that you love. So, the best place to start is with your hobbies. What are you passionate about? What would make you get out of bed on a cold wintery morning to go to work? While your passion might not be your forte, it’s a good starting point to help you figure out what career you want to pursue.

2. Discover What You’re Good At What you enjoy and what you’re good at can be two very different things. For example, you might enjoy dancing, but you’re actually really good at organizing. So, a job as an event planner, office manager or personal assistant may be a sensible choice. As well as listing your hobbies, create a second list of skills that you possess.

3. Identify Your Personality Traits In order to find the right career fit, you’re going to need to take a closer look at your personality traits. While you might be a gifted singer, your introverted personality might not let you succeed in this field because you’re too anxious to stand on a stage in front of people. Therefore, it’s important to identify and take into consideration your personality traits when it comes to your career path.

4. Determine What You Want Out of a Career It’s also necessary to identify what it is that you want out of a career. Do you want to receive a high salary? Have a respectable job title? Or simply work for a cause that you care about? By answering these questions, you can narrow down what type of roles you’d be interested in working towards and find the path to success.

5. Talk to Industry Experts Once you’ve narrowed down a handful of careers, talk to industry experts and find out more about the job and industry as a whole. They will offer insight into the day-to-day practices, working hours, progression and further opportunities, which will help you get a clearer understanding of that career.

6. Research the Job Market Besides talking to career experts, you should also research the job market and see whether there are opportunities in this field, or whether it’s a career that you’ll struggle to secure. You also need to determine whether the role you are interested in has the potential for career progression, otherwise, you will get bored working in the same position for years on end.

7. Discover Your Core Values Lastly, identify what your core values are, and use them to find a career that is fulfilling for you. Make a list of qualities that are important to you and identify companies who have the same core beliefs. This will help you narrow down your search and discover industries that you would be a good match for. As you can see, it’s not that difficult to find the right career when you have a good way of identifying your interests and strengths.

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I mean WILDLY successful. Right? So, you have to understand that about yourself first, and then you need to find an organization that has a similar culture to that. Alright, so now let’s bring all that together. So now you have a list of what you know hasn’t worked for you in the past, and what you know you don’t want to do.

Which means that there’s some industries and specifically some positions where you can reach your financial goals more quickly than other positions. And so you have to think about that, if that’s important to you, also consider what type of job can help you to reach your financial goals sooner than later. And then I knew that what I was really good at, again, was leading teams, was setting strategy, was taking someone else’s vision and creating something from it.

I knew that I was good at talking to people, at moving and motivating people, and I also knew that I was really, really good at working on my own, at working independently. Of course you always work on teams, but working independently from anyone that I reported to. So it was really important that I found a job that would allow me to work in a space that I was really good, that allows me to reach my financial goals more quickly, and that allowed me to work inside, and to use my mind more so than my hands. So those things are really important to me.

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Now, I hope that those tips are gonna help you as you begin thinking about your next career too. A couple of things that I do wanna share with you because I promised you that I would share some good things for you toward the end of the video. And the first thing is sometimes you have to work a few jobs in order to understand what kind of career you want. So let me say that again. Sometimes you actually need to work a few jobs in order to understand your career path.

So if you’re that person that you feel like you can’t, just can’t seem to find that career that you really want, and you keep stumbling from this job to this job, be okay with that. Because often times those jobs help you figure out what your next best thing is gonna be. And you may only be one job away from landing that career of your choice.

The second thing is, I come across so many job seekers, especially people of color, that have these great hobbies and going all in on these hobbies, or sometimes they’re entrepreneurial adventures, and you tend to do that work so well over here, but it never gets on your resume. And you never even look for a job or a career in that same area where you have a hobby or you’re doing some freelance work. So, for instance, I remember meeting someone who wanted to be a production assistant. I remember looking at her resume and she has so much experience in marketing, in graphic design, and all of that.

Now, you may think that there’s some sort of correlation between the two pieces of work, but she never put that into her resume and she didn’t pursue a career here. I’m always asking people ‘well, why aren’t you pursuing a career with something that you’re already passionate about?’ and for some reason they just believe that they wouldn’t be able to get a job in that area. I met another person who was working in the banking industry, but she loved doing interior design. Okay? So, I get that you’re in the banking industry, but there’s a whole industry full of interior design over here. Why don’t you set your sights on this other industry over here? So, think about your hobbies, think about those things that you’re really good at and then begin looking in the industries that do that work. Because if you do something where you’re already successful, you’re gonna grow up through the company that much more quickly.

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