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What ideas can you give if you are starting a career goal?

If someone new doesn't know what to do for there career goal what should be the first thing to do? # career-development

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Alejandra’s Answer

Hi Kevin!

I know it's cliche to say but I really encourage you to dream as big as possible and reach for a career you really truly would be excited to have. Like, try to think of any person you've seen doing something that you thought was cool and how either they made a career of it or how you could.

Now is the best time to reach for your dreams because you're at the beginning and you have all the time to reach the goals you set. I really liked Mark's answer where he kind of suggests you go lateral if you can't do the thing you love. For example, let's say you love rock music, but you can't play the guitar, what about being the band manager? what about holding rock concerts? What about being a brand manager and designing and curating rock careers? What about owning your own rock venue? These are all things that you can learn to master that don't require you to know how to play the guitar.

Every single thing that you enjoy like gaming, music, tv, was created during someone's job. Someone got paid to create the things you love to do now. Why not have a job creating the next evolution of what people love?

I find that a lot of people get scared to dream big because they get concerned about failing, or not being good enough, or smart enough. In my career, I've noticed that the people that do amazing things do them because they commit to it and they don't take no for an answer. If it didn't work doing A, they try B, then they try C.. don't give up on what you're passionate about! And think about this, the alternative is picking a job or goal you don't really care about.. why not pick one you love so you can spend your day working towards something that genuinely makes you happy.

I hope that helps and good luck!
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Mark’s Answer

It's challenging to answer the question "what do I want to do 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for the rest of my life?". First, know that you are not alone in finding it hard to answer this question, and that there is no one right answer! It's important to find a balance between something you enjoy doing and something you can make a living at.

I would love to play guitar all day, but I'm not good enough to make a living doing that. I enjoy working with computers and using them to solve problems, so I started my career doing software development. I don't like math, so anything that required deep understanding and utilization of match (like astrophysics) wouldn't be a good choice for me. Think about your likes and dislikes when you are considering careers.

There are a lot of career aptitude/personality tests available for free that will recommend which careers are a good fit for you. I think these are great tools and will at least give you an idea of where to start. Once you find a few careers that sound interesting, research them. What is the job outlook/demand like in your area? What is the typical salary of people in this field?

If you can find a career that sounds interesting to you, has decent demand and pays a wage you can live with, you're well on the way.
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Rebecca’s Answer

I am glad to hear that you would like to setup your career goal. Firstly, I would suggest you can identify what career(s) you would like to plan to start with. Below are a few suggested steps :
1. Identify the career on what you have interested in, e..g your favourite subjects, hobbies, etc.
2. Determine the relevant careers on your interest and explore on these careers, e.g. find our more information online, speak to someone who works in these careers
3. Shortlist a few careers you would like to pursue. Identify the relevant subjects in the college and find out the entry criteria.
4. Explore any intern and part time opportunities in these careers
5. Setup 1 year & 3 year plan on what you want the achieve in these careers
You may do the above in a few years span. On the other hand, your interest may change from time to time. Hence, you may change your career as well. This happens to many people. We do not need to work in one single career in our life time.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Gerard’s Answer


First, review the above answers. All are credible and provide valuable information that is for the most part, timeless.

What I would add to the above (although very similar advice), is:
1. Find, and continue to search for things that you enjoy and excite you (pursue your passions). The founder of the famous TED Talks, Saul Wurman, summed it up best, "Indulge Interests".
2. Search for ways to apply those passions in ways that provide value to others (all careers, and life in general, is based on service to others).
3. And finally, CLLE (Continuously Learn for Lifelong Employability). A career is no longer isolated to one title for 30 years.

Explore, apply, learn, grow, repeat!