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Career Confusion? Here’s How to Figure it Out

Ever worried about what your kids, or even yourself, are going to do when they’re all grown up? While we may not worry as much as we’d like to map out a plan for them, deciding on a career is actually not that easy at all. That’s why you should offer them your friendly advice and steer them in the right direction.

You are, after all, the one who knows your children better than anyone – and if someone can point them in the right direction, career-wise, it’s certainly you.

Here is a handful of great career options in sectors that need more young talents. The salary is, of course, rather good as well so have a look below and consider which is the better fit for your kid or yourself.

What kind of skills do I have?

The first question is the most obvious one – but also the most important of them. If you’re good at something, it will automatically save you the time you would have spent practising. Even better, you’re more likely to enjoy your job if you’re good at it, and it’s easier to muster the motivation to get through your studies.

Say, if you’re naturally good with physics, choosing an engineering education might be a good idea. You already have a talent for it and would, most likely, not need to sacrifice as much as those who struggled with these subjects in high school.

It seems obvious but, believe me; it’s not. Better people than us have decided on a career and given up on it halfway – or after years of working – because the time and effort put into it just wasn’t worth the sacrifices they had to make.

What kind of higher education is right for me?

You’ve probably asked yourself this a hundred times already, and it’s why you clicked on the article in the first place. I’m not thinking about what degree is right for you, but rather what kind of institution. Even if you’re dreaming about a career in medicine, there’s more than one route to take.

Say, if you decide to study for your degree at a university, you should prepare yourself for an academic approach to your studies. An academy, on the other hand, is often a bit more suited for a technical or practical career. You could opt for education through the military as well, though, or even fire warden training as they offer some great options as long as you’re dedicated to it.

A career in IT

Now that you’ve gone through the most important questions to ask yourself or your teen, it’s time to have a look at a few of those that would be an excellent option today. If you’re getting tired of seeing your kid hang around the PC all the time, you might as well get ready to see them glued to the screen at all hours of the day; the IT sector needs bright young talents like your kid and they will pay really well to have him or her on their team.

It depends completely on the education they choose while at university, of course, and assisting customers with their IT needs is quite different from being a computer software engineer. Needless to say, the latter is going to pay quite a lot better than the former.

Talk to your kid about what they would like to do with their lives and if they are willing to spend five years studying for a masters degree in programming or computer engineering.

If your teen has spent most of his or her adolescence on building software and learning the programming languages, chances are quite high that they’re already considering this as a career – and you should, of course, rejoice.

A career in healthcare

Did you know that the healthcare sector is in dire need of more employees? Of course you did; if your kid is interested in anatomy, received high marks in their biology classes in high school, and enjoys caring for people, they should definitely consider a career in the healthcare sector.

There are so many choices, though, and while our first idea may be to become a nurse, they have a variety of other options to consider as well. Healthcare involves everything that has to do with health, in general, as including mental healthcare, personal fitness trainers, nutritionists, and physiotherapy.

What your teenager decides to do should depend on their willingness to study for five years or more at the university as well where their interest lies. Someone who would like to be a nurse may not be that interested in studying psychology – and vice versa.

A career in market research

Finally, a teenager with an interest in business doesn’t have to launch their own startup right away. Market research analysts are in high need these days and the pay is rather lucrative after a few years as well.

By studying marketing, your teen will definitely have more than enough job options when they graduate and it’s a safe job to stay in as well since businesses tend to need someone to take care of the market research for them.

If you’re not sure about how interested your teen is in studying marketing, it’s a good idea to consider where their talents lie, first of all, since the theory behind it is rather diverse. The studies will involve some psychology as well as finances, and your kid should be interested in putting what they’ve learned at their university into action.

One of the big benefits with luring them into this career option is, of course, that they need a university degree so you won’t have to put up with the speech about not attending university since they’re going to become an entrepreneur.

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