Three challenges you will face when choosing a career path
Choosing a career path and deciding what we are going to do in life is one of the most important moments, especially for millions of young people throughout the region. Regardless of how many times we have answered as children, we were going to be astronauts, there comes a time when one is forced to define what will he work for at least 40 years. No one wants to end up doing everything they hate. And while it is unlikely that we all love to see the sun in the morning, there are always some ways that do not torture you to meet your goal.
Change of career has costs of time, effort and money. An error in this choice of career, while not fatal, can be complex. That’s why I wanted to stop and think about three of the challenges one faces when choosing a career path.
First: do something that you like.
Whether you are going to start studying or you are starting to work as an apprentice, it is vital to choose something that you like and that you see yourself doing all your life. In general, we do better what we like, and doing what we are good at and motivates us enhances our chances of success. That’s why the most motivated workers tend to go further in their career. It is like a virtuous circle that is empowered because we work better when we are happy and doing what pleases us also helps us to be happy. Remember also that “doing what you want” is broader than a profession, and that you have to look for those things that you like and consider the career alternatives that are related to them.
Second: be realistic when choosing a career path
To get a better career looking for something you are good at and what you have a talent for. Choose something that you can really want to do. Do not try to be a surgeon, even if you like to help people and cannot stand to see blood. Maybe you can feel that you help others by teaching if you have a talent for that or maybe you would be excellent human resources professional. Different races can accommodate what you like. Also, be realistic in your expectations when choosing a career path. It’s not like you are excellent in something means you will start from the presidential level. Also, find out what the average salary is in the area you want to work in before looking for a job.
We surveyed students and found that they often expect to earn more than the market average salary that recently graduated professionals are getting. This can cause them to reject good offers because they believe that they are better. In the end, even if they get a well-paid job, it is possible that, due to unrealistic expectations, they feel that they did not manage to start off in a good job and become discouraged. Having information will allow you to have realistic expectations and make better decisions when choosing a career path.
Third: be good at what you do.
We have been trying for some time to understand the problems that companies in the region face when hiring. We find a skills gap. Many young people have studied, but have not learned the specific skill. Take advantage of the time you have either at school or university, working with someone to develop your skill. That is the key to success. Especially important are soft skills. Responsibility, knowing how to work in a team and communicate effectively are examples of skills that are related to behavior and that employers value a lot.
Choosing a career path is a complex decision for which it is vital to inform you. This will avoid surprises and improve your chances of success. Take the time to make your decision, share it with the people who love you and listen to their opinion. And always make sure of what you want to be because first of all, it should make you happy in your future life.