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Simple Ways to Land on the Right Career Path

Figuring out which kind of career is right for you is never an easy decision. There is so much to take into account, after all, and you won’t necessarily only have a couple of options either as what you really want to do might be quite difficult while other, more realistic options, just don’t seem as tempting.

Luckily, you’ll always have a lot of guidance along the way from those who have gone through the same before you. Here is a handful of clever ways to figure out which path is right for you so that you can feel confident that you’ve made the right decision.

It won’t guarantee you a career for life but it will, if nothing else, give you the peace of mind you need to continue moving forward.

How many years of education are you willing to go through?

First of all, it’s a good idea to assess your own passion for university studies. Sometimes, our family and relatives may expect that we’re willing to go through half a decade and more in order to get the kind of career they feel is right for us but, at the end of the day, you risk wasting these years if you’re not completely committed to your future in this field.

So many students end up dropping out simply because the course isn’t what they thought it would be or because it’s harder than they expected. Quite often, these students will also feel like they’re letting their families down by not completing the course.

Needless to say, it gives them a lot of unnecessary stress and grief when they’re not able to live up to these expectations. Make sure that you’re listening to yourself and your own gut feeling, above all, and consider whether or not you’re willing and able to go through many years of tough studies in order to achieve this degree.

If not, you risk wasting a lot of time and money or, even if you do complete this degree, you may be miserable in the field you’ve chosen.

Consider the risks

Now that you’ve learned to put other people’s opinions aside and listen to yourself, mainly, it’s time to think about your options properly. For many teenagers trying to figure out the right career path for themselves, the option of safety and risk is a classic dilemma.

They may, for example, dream about being an artist and living out the dream of having their hobby as a career but the decision comes with a lot of risks. It’s difficult to get a job once you’re out of university, first of all, and even if you do get a job in the field you’re looking into, it’s not certain that you’re going to ‘make it’ as an artist.

Yet, a safe and secure office job may make you rather miserable in the long run, and you’re left with the difficult option of choosing a safe and secure career or one that comes with a ton of risk and not necessarily a lot of money.

Most people who go the route of an artist, sports, or anything else that tends to be difficult to break into will try to have something to fall back on as well. You could secure yourself in teaching, for example, as you’ll get the chance to immerse yourself in the arts while also being able to feel slightly more comfortable and secure, knowing that you have other options in case it doesn’t work out.

This means that you won’t be able to commit yourself one hundred per cent to either option, though, and you need to have one foot in each field in order to feel safe while also chasing your dreams. Some are able to do this successfully while others are not; talk to your career advisor about this and try to find a way to balance both at the same time.

How do you feel about office jobs?

After you’ve gone through your true passions and considered them for a career, you need to think about the kind of environment you want to work in. More often than not, office jobs are the safest choice and they will often outnumber the jobs where you don’t have to work in an office.

We’re talking 9-5, of course, the weekday grinds, and those boardroom meetings – if you can’t imagine yourself sitting in an office most hours of the week, this is definitely not the right choice for you and you need to consider other options.

They are, in fact, plenty and you can definitely enjoy a somewhat safe job while also avoiding those cubicles the best you can. A lot of the jobs within the healthcare sector, for example, will involve practical hands-on tasks where you’re able to interact with others and be up on your feet quite a lot – perhaps a bit too much, according to some.

If the health sector is a poor option for you, there’s always the possibility of becoming a police officer or even going through fire warden training. That way, you’ll get to enjoy physical activity and a day out in the field but you will also undergo quite tough training and will need to be prepared for it.

A less physical option that still gets you out of the office is journalism. In the newsroom, you get to talk to a lot of different people during the day, work independently as well as in a team, and can be out and about when things are happening. Sure, you’ll sit in an office as well – but it will be exciting enough to keep you going.

Keep in mind that you can always change careers

Our late teenage years and early adulthood bring us a lot of stress. We’re meant to figure out what we want to do for a living for the rest of our lives, after all, and at a rather young age as well.

Luckily, you can always keep in mind that a lot of people end up changing careers – and some won’t really figure out what they want to do before they’re well into their thirties or even older.

Reminding yourself this when times are tough may make it a bit easier to decide on something and avoid the stress, in general, which makes it so much more likely that you choose something you truly enjoy rather than what you’ve been pressured into.

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