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What career should I follow if I'm good with people?

Hi! I trying to decide what to study and I want to choose something that I'm good at, and that is people. I always have been a good listener and really helpful person. I find people being comfortable around me and always try to be close to me to get help or just simply hang out. Not trying to sound egocentric people trust in me and look at me as a guide, i really like to choose a profession where I can get this thing that my whole life has been withme.

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Ewelina’s Answer

Hi Galo,

This is a gift! You have so many options to choose from. If you are more talented in social arts you could choose counselling, therapy, consulting, career guide. You can also work for human resources in many companies.

If you have specific interest in science and technology, you can become a business consultant, project manager, organizational/transformational coach or process engineer or any tech role involving dealing with people.

We hope that you find your path and use your gift!:))

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Galo O. Thanks so much for your question!

In my opinion, there are a few things that a person could consider when they are trying to decide what career they want for themselves 1)What keeps them interested 2)What makes them happy 3)What they do well 3)Whether or not the career choice can help them to be (financially) stable.

As you have shared some of your personality traits in your question, I can tell you from experience that a good engineer is also an excellent listener. A good programmer is often times driven by wanting to help people. A good librarian is always being asked for help. I lay these examples out to you in this way because I am attempting to show you that there is no shortage of career opportunities for you. In many cases, the hard part is narrowing down some of the other points I raised like what are your interests...and...what do you do well. In the area of a career, often times you and others can tell what you do well by seeing the results you contribute to. For example projects that you work on and finish or meeting a sales goal or the number of teams/employees your design has helped in terms of allowing them to do their job more efficiently. So measurements against how well you have completed a task also plays into how well you do something.

Continue to do your research, put a stake in the ground on a particular field of study, do some more research :) and allow yourself the time to understand and/or change your mind, as you learn more about yourself and the type of career that will work long-term for you.

Best of luck to you!
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Calvin’s Answer

Interpersonal skills are extremely important in today's world. You must know how to effectively collaborate with others in order to achieve team's common goals. You are very fortunate to have such skills.

In my opinion you could pick a field that you really like (business, science, technology, etc.) and become really good at it. Then you can use the professional knowledge along with you interpersonal skills to consult individuals or companies.
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Luz Alba’s Answer

Hi Galo,
This trait is great for many career paths. I'm a designer and I can tell you that being good with people will give you the advantage of designing valuable products or services.
Check about Design, strategic Design and Human centered design concepts to see if this is something that calls your attention.
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Todd’s Answer

In most jobs you have to work with people and leverage the skills you listed. The strengths listed are going to be required in any role you get into. Focus on the type of interactions you want to have. Do you want to teach, guide, direct or support? What levels of creativity do you enjoy as you work with people? What other strengths do you feel you can bring to the table. There are many careers that require strong interpersonal skills. You have to find what around that works with your passions.

Good luck and don't change your willingness to help people!
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Alexandria (Aly)’s Answer

Your strengths can really take you in so many directions. There are some great suggestions in other answers here, so I'll just tell you about my experience.
I have very similar traits and I used them to start my career in Training and Development and ended up in Organizational Change Management. I started in college as a Park Ranger in a Historical Park. In this job I worked for the government, talked with people all day, gave walking tours and presentations. Next, I ended up in Sales. I found that I didn't love sales, but I did tend to be the person to help others learn how to do their job so I applied to be the trainer. In training I could facilitate training, help people learn their jobs and have a more enjoyable experience when they started. Then I learned about Change Management! Change Management is the process of helping people make a big change at work, like using a new process or piece of technology, communicating the benefits, working with leadership, and training. I made my way into the technology industry (which is a great industry to get into) without being a super technical person.

One other note. In college I had a sociology major. I thought I wanted to be a social worker. In theory, this was going to be a great career for me but I found through discussions with social workers that although I could help a lot of people I couldn't emotionally handle it and the pay wasn't what I wanted. So talk to people about the hard parts of their job, especially if it falls under human services.

Good luck and know that the skills you have are needed in every job!
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Reema’s Answer

There are so many opportunities for someone who is good with people! I would pair this up with your interests and then go from there. You’d likely want to stay away from desk/cubicle jobs, or solitary fields like accounting. But either way, I think in most fields, this skill will be an asset. Coaching, managing people, hospitality, project management, anything where you are working with people will be a good fit! Good luck!
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Rawa’s Answer

This is an excellent skill to have, and one that is applicable to many jobs. You may consider things like life coaching, or psychology related fields to help those in need. Such fields require a lot of listening, and trust is key between you and your clients. Also any client-related job may interest you. Where I work, for example, we focus on solving important problems for our clients. To do so, we need to ask questions and listen carefully to what our client has to say to develop a clear understanding of the problem they are trying to solve. It sometimes means that we need to dig deeper and have difficult conversations to help them view things as they are.

Whatever job you choose, working with people to guide and solve their problems is very rewarding. While anyone can do it, having that aura which helps people feel comfortable and trust you will definitely differentiate you from others in the field. Best of luck!
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