Choosing the Right Career for You By Matt Milstead

With so many options to choose from, selecting the right career for you can be an incredible challenge! Whether there are so many things you’re passionate about that you aren’t sure where to start, or you’ve never really had a deep interest in anything, you need a guide to help you navigate the process of selecting your future career. By utilizing these tips, you can watch your future career prospects fall into line as you select a field that you can live with for the rest of your life.

Consider Your Interests

When you select a career, ideally, you want to choose something that you’re interested in–even passionate about–and that you won’t grow bored with over a lifetime of work. If you have a deep love of helping people through medicine, for example, nursing or medical school might be a great choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re easily grossed out by blood or other bodily fluids, a career in the medical field will quickly wear you down. Your goal is to choose a job that you’ll enjoy doing every day. You can also take a career assessment that will help guide you in the right direction based on your personal interests.

Learn More About Your Potential Career Field

Keep in mind that the things you are most passionate about might not be a good career fit for you. Make sure, before you dive into a college major, that you’ve considered many of the attributes of your chosen career path, including the day-to-day bits and pieces that you’ll have to live with in order to do what you love. If you have a deep love of working with kids, for example, keep in mind that their parents are part of the equation. A passion for animals doesn’t mean that you’re equipped to be a veterinarian if you don’t think you could handle giving someone the news that their pet is dying or even being the one to put an animal down. Thinking through all the aspects of your potential career and doing the research to be sure you know everything you need to understand will allow you to make a better long-term choice so that you are able to enjoy your future career, rather than dreading going into work every day.

Weigh the Popularity of Your Field

Not so long ago, IT was the fastest-growing career field, with dozens of students from each university graduating with these degrees each year. Now, however, IT degrees aren’t as popular. Healthcare, on the other hand, is still on the rise. Choosing a career path in a field that’s not as popular can be a great way to find a job that will have a little less competition, especially if you want to stay in the same area you’ll attend college. On the other hand, make sure you do the research to understand why it’s a less-popular field: is it too demanding? Will you find yourself working long hours every day for little reward, financial or otherwise? Is this a field where it’s hard to find a job when you leave school? Weigh the popularity of your potential major before making a career decision. If you want to learn more about potentially popular careers, try this article, which goes into more detail about the current most and least popular majors.

Do Your Research on Certifications and Education Requirements

Many students now find themselves questioning whether or not attending a college or university is really worth it. The answer, ultimately, is that it depends on your career field! In some cases, a technical school will be of much more use than a college degree from a four-year university. In other cases, certifications have more weight. Make sure you do your research so that you’re able to determine what you need from your institution before you jump into your education. That way, you won’t end up with huge student loans for no reason.

Choosing the career field that’s right for you is a process that takes a great deal of thought and consideration. By narrowing down your options and paying attention to the details of your field, however, you’ll find that you’re better equipped to make a well-considered decision before diving in with college life and responsibilities. The more you know, the better the decision you’ll be able to make–so dig in and start doing that research so that you can select the major, and ultimately the career, that will be the best fit for you.