How to choose the perfect career path for you
Many people don’t decide what they want to do for a living until a later stage in their lives, and others change their mind after achieving what they thought to be their “dream job”, so here’s the first and TOP TIP: Don’t stress over it! Do research, explore, ask and try and you will find what you like and are good at.
We’ve put together a list of things that you should focus on if you’re trying to find the best career path for you:
By assessing yourself we are referring to knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you have an interest in and those things that you absolutely hate doing! Some people use career tests to find out what they like and dislike.
Listen to your family and friend’s recommendation but keep your options open. Look into as many career areas as you want and never disregard options just because your family or friend might not like it, this is all about you!
Employment rates should be considered; however, you should not disregard any options due to their low employment rates. Instead, you should explore similar options but with higher employment rates or ways of getting into that industry.
Make a shortlist:
Write down all those jobs that you are interested in and all those you’ve heard good things about.
- Research, research and research!
Create a comparison table and do your own research. Google is an amazing tool for this and so is Youtube. Find testimonials of people working in that industry, their daily tasks, average salary, locations where you could potentially work, skills required and anything that matters to you.
- Do an internship or work placement.
An internship or work placement are the best ways of finding out what your strengths and weaknesses are. Good news is that If you are at college, Erasmus+ gives you the opportunity to travel abroad. This will allow you to explore what you are good at while improving your language skills and experiencing a different culture. To do this you will have to speak to your teachers or the person in charge of internships abroad.
At UK Intern Development, we take pride in providing students with work experiences which allow them to take part in tailor made project or professional work environments. If you are looking to do an internship in Marketing, Admin, Hairdressing, Gardening, Logistics or any other industries, contact us or get your school to contact us to get more information. We are a non-profit organisation based in Bristol, UK and always happy to help.