Sometimes on your way to your dream job you will find yourself at crossroads about what to do to progress . Everybody gets confused at some point, and this is normal because in the end it will help you discover your calling. Almost no successful careers follow a master plan from start to finish. It is up to you to make the right decisions. When we say right we are referring to the choices that will help you achieve professional, and personal satisfaction. In this article we want to discuss different choices you might encounter and how you can prepare yourself from them. If you still have problems, you should consider consulting a guidance counselor for further insights.
Are You Aware of Your Other Options?
Most people question their career choices all the time, while others will simply settle for “there is nothing else I can do at this point”. Let’s say you have settled for a career in accounting, but don’t you think that there are other careers out there that you could try? The problem is that most students have a preconceived idea of how their job will be like. Architecture is supposed to be about designing interesting buildings, but it also includes many physics and maths based courses, that you will probably not enjoy that much. Even modelling isn’t all it’s cut out to be. The idea is that we very rarely understand what a job is really about, because we don’t do our research properly. We settle for one, without exploring other options. Out of all your friends and family how many jobs do they have information about? Most will not have a problem giving you an honest opinion about their job and it will often be more useful than other sources since they aren’t selling you anything.
Am I good enough for this?
For many jobs there are far more applicants than there are available jobs, but the question most should ask is simply “how can I convince them I’m good enough”. Actually, the first question should be: “Am I actually good enough?”. Only you know the answer to this question. I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen over-qualified people who don’t value themselves enough. The opposite also applies. If you enjoy doing something it’s not too late to improve your skills, and its people who continuously strive to improve that end up the most successful. In addition to this, it’s not only about experience and knowledge. Sometimes a little networking, eagerness to learn more and passion will help you land a great job.
Is it worth my time?
Some careers are not picked for their high income or company benefits, but simply for the enjoyment it brings the individual. Granted, these jobs may lead to financial struggles and you will probably also question if it’s all worth it when you see old friends with a much higher paying job, but know that you will be following your passion. There is, however, a fine line between useless jobs (and by this we are referring to business plans that people conceive when they are stoned) and following one’s passion. Are you prepared to tighten the belt, so that you finally achieve your professional goals? You should not avoid this question and it should also be asked in reverse from those who picked a job simply by looking at pay checks.
What life changes are you willing to make?
Chances are you won’t have the dream job waiting for you just down the street. It takes a lot of horrible jobs to land the perfect one. Many have to move far to get it, some have to move all the time to keep it. These things are not always a bad thing, because they will help you grow professionally. But how much are you willing to change in your lifestyle to keep it? Some will seek out a job that requires them to travel a lot, or be gone for several months in a row. Others will have to brush up on auxiliary skills constantly or take on different roles within the company. Are you prepared to make these changes? You must first and foremost understand the limitations you will be putting on your lifestyle before you pursue a certain career.