How to Make a Career Choice

As there are a lot of options when it comes to your career to choose one, it is essential to make the right decision when you are at the crossroads. You may have an idea as to what you want to do and in that case, props to you. But for the vast majority of people, all they realize is that they need a change in their careers. This article is specifically written with individuals of that kind in mind.

Here are the things that you need to do.

  1. Self-assessment

By assessing yourself, you’ll be handing yourself the opportunity to address what you are and aren’t good at. You can do this by listing out your skills, soft skills, interests and aptitude for a particular job.

Write a career test which will give you a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses. Doing this will also familiarize you with your personal traits and skills. You’ll also be given a list of occupations that, in paper, you’ll be good at.

You can also visit a career or career development counselors that will help you highlight what you really want to do.

  1. What do you really want to do?

The career test list wouldn’t be the only list that you have. There will also be one that you may have made. Combine all the lists that you have into one huge list and analyze what careers appear in multiple lists. Note them down into a single piece of paper or a book.

You also need to include the occupations that were generated by the career test.

After you have all the possible career options on a single paper,

separate the ones that appeal to you. The degree with which each occupation appeals to you doesn’t matter. If it appeals to you or if you know a little bit about it, separate them.

  1. Explore

After you have made a master list of all the possible career options that you see yourself fitting in with, gather information about what each occupation is about. Also, determine what the qualification is for each of them or if you require a license to practice a specific profession.

Nobody likes to work in a dead end job. That is why you need to search for the advancement options for each job.


  1. Identify your goals

Now that you have done all the research, it is time to make a decision and also begin identifying long-term as well as short-term goals.

Goals which can be achieved within four years of time should be considered as long-term goals whereas ones that can be reached within a span of six months must be classified as short-term goals.