How to Choose Your Career Path

Choosing a career path can seem like one large daunting decision you need to make that will impact your entire life. While this is true to a degree, it is really a series of smaller decisions you make throughout your life that will land you in the right place. Additionally, you can always change paths; no one ever said you were stuck with only one for the rest of your life! Sounds a lot less stressful when you put it that way, doesn’t it?

Whether you have a few options in mind that you need to choose between, or you are starting from square one with no idea what you would like to do for a living, here are a few things to try to narrow things down:

  1. Start with self-reflection by performing a self-assessment. Ask yourself the following questions:
    1. What are my key values?
    1. What soft skills do I possess?
    1. What technical skills do I possess?
    1. What natural aptitudes do I have?
    1. What is my personality like?
    1. What are my interests?
    1. What are my goals?
  2. Identify what it is that you must have. Do you want to earn a particular salary each month? Do you want flexible hours or the ability to work from home?
  3. Make a list of jobs that include your must-haves and could work well with the things you learnt about yourself in step one, such as the skills you have and skills you are willing to learn.
  4. Do some research to narrow down the list of potential career paths. Look into the ‘day in the life’ of someone who has those particular careers, what the salaries are, what the job requirements are, the growth opportunities, and the job outlook.
  5. One you narrow the list down to the top 2-3 options, look into the universities or other post-secondary institutes in your area to see if they offer the required training, courses, or degrees. If you would have to relocate to the other side of the country to be trained for a particular career path, that may be a reason to look at a different career path altogether.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find a job! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find your dream job close to your business.

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