It’s the question that most high school students (or graduates) ask themselves. “What is the right career for me?” And sadly without even knowing what to answer, they just plunge into a course that’s popular or a course that their parents want for them. This eventually leads to frustration and, more often than not, forces them to work at something they don’t enjoy.
But really, “What is the right career for me?” Here are just some of the things you should consider in choosing the right career for yourself.
1) Your Personality. Are you a bubbly or animated person? Or do you just want to sit in the corner and think about different things? Whatever your answer to these questions, there is always a course which is relevant to your interests. For instance, if you are an animated person, you can take up a course related to marketing. It is a career which suits your ability to interact with a lot of people. If you are a loner, you can take up creative writing; a profession that requires thoughtfulness and the ability to think outside the box.
2) Your Hobbies. What are your interests? What gives you a sense of achievement? Do you like to paint, draw, or do some outdoor stuff? Do you like to play the piano, socialize, or cook? It is very likely that, given some time and effort, you can develop your hobby into a full blown career.
3) Your Values. After graduating from high school, you may want to think about the ethical values and the beliefs of the company you want to work for. Do you want to work for an organization known for their corporate social responsibilities (CSR)? Or a company who helps typhoon victims rise from tragedy? Think about the companies you would like to work for in the future and try to join one whose values align with yours.
4) Your Constraints. Is the company you would want to work with close or far away from home? Do you have any kind of disabilities? Consider these factors as they will greatly influence your daily life. If you want to work from home, you should pick a career that gives you that flexibility. A degree in multimedia arts is a good choice since it leads to jobs in writing, graphic design, or video editing; all of which can be done in a home studio.
5) Your Experience. Have you always been cooking since you were a child? Did your parents enroll you in a singing or a dancing class? Looking at your past experiences can tell you where you should head. If you have already developed certain skills, it is advantageous to choose a course related to these.
So answering the question, “What is the right career for me?” can really spell the difference between your state now and your future. If you are confident in your choices, the positivity can even affect the lives of your family. Consider the facts and make sure that you have covered all details before finally choosing a course.
Last but not least; although choosing a career is serious business, you should also find time to relax and have fun!