Are you fresh out of high school and filling college applications?
Confused about choosing your majors?
Well, you are not the only one. It is a daunting task for many. But, you need to understand what will work best for you.
Understand Your Interests
Your first step in contemplating your career choice is to evaluate your interests and aspirations. It is easy to settle in a career that comes along your way only to realize that it isn’t what you want. If you thoroughly understand your interests, you can choose a path which best aligns with what you like to do. For example: if you are artistic and good at drawing or painting, you can choose a career as an architect, artist, or designer.
Identifying Social Needs
You need to know if you are a peoples person or too shy to work as part of a team. These behaviors can also influence the choice of your career. If you like to deliver value from behind the scenes, a career in actuary or accounting may be suitable (if you are good with numeric also). If you are energetic and moved by others needs, social work or marketing may be your field.
When you understand your interests and evaluate what you would like to do, start gathering information about it. Visit the university or college and talk to professors and counselors. Attend career expos, and if those aren’t available then use the internet to learn about different careers and what they entail.
Understand the subjects that each career path has to offer and how they would relate to your interests; whether you would like to study those subjects. Once you think you have made a list of possible careers you can opt, talk to professionals in those fields. Firsthand knowledge of others experience in the particular field will give you a better understanding of the practical side of it.
Speaking to Career Counselors
Talk to your career counselor. Talking to someone before making your decision can help you clarify any queries and concerns. The counselor can also tell you about more careers and the college options for their availability and criteria.
Taking a Test
There are many tests which help in identifying possible careers based on your interests and personality. One popular test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Seek help when undertaking a test to understand and interpret the results and be cautious as many tests are also paid.
Choosing a career is like choosing the route you would like to take into your future, where you would build a life for yourself. So, it is extremely important to be rational and open-minded about the decision to take. Have a vision and know your end point where you want to be. The position you would like to have or the income you want to earn. Tracing those steps backwards will help you clarify your starting point of choosing a career.
Intern or Volunteer
Utilize your summers in acquiring an internship or volunteer work. The practical exposure will help you clear any doubts and also pave way for a future job. It will also help to further develop your skills and introduce you to work ethics and environment.
In the end, never be afraid to step up and seek the right information to make the best career choice for you. Make phone calls and get in touch with people who can guide you and provide useful information. Don’t shy away from talking to your counselor and do not make assumptions about any particular field. Be open in your assessment approach and along the process develop an understanding about yourself also.