Ever wondered if your career is going as you planned?

 

April 4, 2016

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I have a career span of 14 years,  and whenever I look back I always think about the days where I was confused as I was not getting the jobs as per my specialization and made a choice to start with an unrelated job, which can help me reach the desired job role. MBA, Engineering, Good scores, ends if you do not have right placement opportunities where they seek experienced professionals and not freshers. Not everyone of us are from A listed institutes and many struggle to get a job. Career choice is probably one of the most important decisions of your life. You can’t make a career choice with closed eyes or using a trial and error method or just by following everyone else, if you do so, you will end up repenting for a lifetime. It is important to take a right and constructive decision today only.

Dos and don’ts of making career choices

  • Don’t choose a career because everyone else is choosing it. Everybody is unique, possessing different skills and talents. There is no one fit for all.
  • Don’t be emotional. Don’t just choose a career because you want to spend four or five years more with your school friends. At some point of time, you will have to choose a different path, so it is important to be practical and choose the path that best suits your dream,desires and potential.
  • Don’t choose a career in peer pressure. Make your parents or others understand why you want to choose something else as your career. Show them the rewarding aspects of your chosen career. Let them know how your potential can help you to carve a niche for yourself in a chosen field.
  • Parents should not force their choice on their children. It is true that parents want the best for their children. You cannot expect brilliance to come out of your imposed choices.

When you don’t have experience by your side, no degree from A listed colleges. You have to start your way somewhere from a decent job in the company environment you want to grow. Have a vision on how you can move from your current job role to your aspiring role in the same company. You can always make the move once you acquire that kind of experience.

  • It is important to evaluate your potential and know what you exactly want to do with your life.
  • Self-assessment is a key to make a right career choice. You need to know your values, interests and skills along with certain personality traits, will make some careers especially suitable for you. There are some career tests given on various sites over internet that brings you a list of occupations that suits you the best based on information about your traits.

Earlier in your career, never leaves a job for money. Stay atleast 2 years in your first company, struggle with the processes and learn. It will give you the foundational base to kick start the career. Remember be HANDS ON that will always help you in the long run. When you look for money than experience, you will lose.

Shifting from one to another job

Don’t be afraid in making career choices. There are some people who are glued to same company/organization for many years even when there is no growth at all. The reason is usually the reluctance to adapt to new environment. There is nothing worthy in living life of fear in making a career choice just because you don’t want to work in a new environment.

Shifting to entirely new career

Many people a career shift after twenty or forty years of their life. There is no harm in start doing anything at any stage what you always wanted to do if it is legal and legitimate. There will be hurdles in the initial phase as you will have to start from the beginning but if you will do what you like, you will surely put the best of your efforts and skills. It is also important to keep in mind that you are never too late to pursue your dreams. If you have not taken any decision twenty years back, it doesn’t mean, you should not dare to take it today. Self-confidence and faith in your abilities is essential to succeed. And if at any stage, you feel confused in making a career choice or you are not confident enough to take right decision, there is no harm in seeking immediate assistance from professional counselor for a better future and happy and content life.

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