WHAT DO LOVE ISOLENA?
Maybe you love numbers, advertising, public speaking, event planning, design, debate, helping others…make a list of everything. List all your career options, including the ones you wanted as a little child or became interested in during your high school education, to even the most bizarre or strange ideas that come across your mind. Your first list will help you make sure that you haven’t missed anything when you make the final choice.
LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF
The primary step is to discover who you really are. Figuring out what you are good at is a must for career planning. What you enjoy doing? Which things tend to make you happier? Which subjects do you love the most? Which activities take your undivided attention such that you don’t even notice how much time has passed? This is absolutely the right time to think about what you love!
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
Make a summary of what is important to you and what will contribute more to your personal satisfaction. The more you know about your capabilities, skills, and competencies the more effective you will be in making career choices. Learning about yourself is one of the most important career planning tips and defines what exactly a student wants from their life.
Take time to explore all the possible careers, however different they might be. You never know what may appear dreary at first, might seem appealing once you start exploring it! Remember you need not rush into any decision but all you need is to keep an open mind.
DUE YOUR HOMEWORK
Ask other people casually what their jobs entail and what they love about them. We are generally not exposed to a lot of the different interests of the working world – so much of our education is focused around primary subjects like math, humanities, and science. So get curious. People who have the first-hand knowledge about choosing a career path can help you make the right decision. Start with people you have in your surroundings, and then widen your search for others who work in your fields of interest. You can always use networking for this purpose, especially platforms that are career-focused, such as LinkedIn.
PUT YOUR CAREER CHOICES TO THE TEST
If you have narrowed down some specific jobs or careers, you can find a wealth of information online, from description of positions to average salaries and estimated future growth. This will also help you figure out the practical priorities: How stable is the field you are considering? Are you comfortable with the amount of risk? Is the salary range acceptable to you? Different online tools can guide you through the process of self-discovery. Questions, quizzes, and personality assessments can’t tell you what your perfect career would be, but they can help you identify what’s important to you in a career, what you enjoy doing, and where you excel.
Stay flexible when it comes to thinking about your future, while a certain career may seem like a good fit for you now, think about how different you may be in five, ten or twenty years. As you get older and have more experiences, your feelings about what you want to do may change. If you’re not happy today, you don’t have to be permanently stuck. Nor do you have to wait until a certain age when it suddenly “makes sense” for you to switch careers. Each day is an opportunity to try something new, explore your creativity, and build a career that you’re proud of.
This is your time to pursue your dreams Isolena, don’t let anybody else take control.