Determining My Career – Choose My Career
How do you go about determining your career? How do you choose your career? There comes a time in your life where you ask yourself what should my career be? What should I do when determining my career? How do I choose my career? Short answer is find your passion and make it your career.
Finding my career passion:
If you want to live a happy life and enjoy getting up everyday and doing what you love to do, then find your passion and make it your career. Ever hear the old saying “Make your life work your passion and you will never work a day in your life”. So how do you find out what your passion is? Quick question what would you get up everyday and do if money wasn’t the objective, what would you do for free. That is a start to finding your passion.
The process of finding your career:
I have taught and used a simple process of finding my passion and matching it to a career. It is a several step process but first you must find out who you are, what makes you tick. Start with a simple assignment write down your Autobiography. Ask yourself some questions about your life, i.e. write at least a paragraph about each of these topics: Who is your family? Where you have lived and traveled? What are your educational and life goals? What are your interests, hobbies, special talents? What are your beliefs and opinions about the world today? With those answers you can start to develop your interests and what you enjoy doing. Remember find what you enjoy to do and make it your career. The worst mistake someone can make in life is to let others (Friends, Parents, etc) tell them who they are and what they should be doing with their career and life. Only you know you! Only you can make those decisions if you really want to find that inner happiness.
Getting to know yourself: The Steps in the process
The next step in the process is getting to know yourself. What are your interests? Identify your values and consider your personality and learning style. These are all part of the process to determine who you are, what you love to do and how you take that information and make a career choice. So what are your interests: write down ten things you love to do in your leisure time. Then write down 10 words that describe the kind of person you are. Then list 10 words that describe the kind of person you are not. Take all this information and use it to determine a pattern of your interests, values and personality and then research careers that will match these items. I have created some worksheets that will ask you questions and you can total up your responses to help determine all this information (see below how to obtain a copy). One of the items I use to help arrange this information into a format for decision making is called a Personal Inventory Outline. The outline lists possible careers and what is needed to achieve them, your personal profile which lists your interest, values and personality type along with your long and short range goals. For a copy of the Personal Inventory Outline Worksheet send me a email at CoachP@InspiringThem.com
Find Your Career:
To research current information and find out which careers are expected to offer the greatest opportunity over the next several years view the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Website and use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to answer four questions that will help you determine your career.
1. Which ten industries are projected to grow the fastest through 2022?
2. Which ten occupations are projected to grow the fastest through 2022?
3. What educational level is needed for each of the ten occupations?
4. Select four occupations that interest you and research the rate of job growth and the median earnings for each?
Use this information along with the information you obtained about yourself and your passion and start to make some decisions in a career path you would like to follow that really draws your interest and you could see yourself doing even it it wasn’t for the money. Remember find your passion and make it your career!
If you would like to obtain any of the following worksheets for making your career decisions please send me an email and I will forward a copy to you: CoachP@InspiringThem.com
1. What are your Interests
2. Identifying your values
3. Determining your Personality
4. Personal Inventory Outline
5. Career Interest Areas
I would also recommend reading about ways to develop your interests into a rewarding career, one book I have read several times is: Rich Dad Poor Dad, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.