How to Make the Right Career Choice


Choosing the right career can be a mighty tough mission, especially for those who have just graduated.

You might be in a constant dilemma as to which course will fit you the best. Then the varying salary packages may also tend to add more confusion to your decision.

There may also be a concern about the choice being emotionally fulfilling or not. With so many choices and concerns, the task of picking one may seem invincible.

You’ll hear every advisor saying, ‘You just have to consider your bent of mind to increase your chances of making a good decision.’ But how, you may not exactly know?

An advice in a question form that is often given to students may follow the others, ‘What work would you like to do, if you didn’t have to work? If you had everything with you to lead a great life and you could do anything, what would you do?’

The answer to these questions may give some people some insights into what choice they should make.

But maybe not you. What should you do then?

What is it that you want?

With a little self-exploration and a good research, you can find your ideal career.

What is your personality type? It is your personality that makes some occupations a good fit and others completely inappropriate for you.

You can generate a list of occupations that are a good fit for you, using self-assessment tools or career tests.

These tests help you in gathering information about the traits you possess. Some people also take help from a career counselor or other career development professionals who make this process easy for them.

In case, you struggle to determine your strengths/skills, don’t hesitate to take inputs from your family, friends or colleagues.

Know the occupations you want to Explore

Make a list of occupations to be explored. Consider how many of these occupations are a good fit for you based on your traits.

Find how many of them appeal to you. You may know a little about most of those careers and would like to explore further.

Exclude professions you know very little or nothing about. Make a final list of these appealing professions.

Get some basic information about each of those occupations. Try to narrow that list down to only 8 to 15 options or even less.

Know about advancement opportunities offered by each occupation and data about earnings and job outlook.

Job Satisfaction Criteria

Everybody agrees that not every job can be great for everyone. That is the reason why not everyone wants to be a scientist and not everyone hates cleaning gutters.

The definition of a ‘satisfying work’ is different to different people.

Here are the top factors that you need to consider while choosing the right career:

1.      The satisfaction that the Work brings

You need to consider whether the work in itself is satisfying for you. It should be the primary focus of your satisfaction criteria.

You need to consider things like job responsibilities, learning and growth opportunities, the potential for promotion, future career potential, authority to make decisions, challenge, self-expression, and creativity etc. Ask yourself, which of these things matters most to you.

2.      Financial Considerations

Your salary is always a hallmark of your performance. It is important to know what you’ll be paid while choosing any career option. It should affect your career decision.

It is the thing that determines what kind of a home or a car you can buy. Your salary allows you to take your family on vacations, or even start a family in the first place.

It is important in achieving or maintaining a reasonable standard of living. So, you need to consider salary and incentives, benefits, stability and economic security.

Make your career roadmap

Lay out all steps you need to take to reach your goals with the career you want to choose. It will act as your career roadmap.

Write down your short and long-term goals and the steps you will have to take to attain each one of them.

Include any probable barrier that can hinder you from achieving those goals and how you can break them.

Finding answers to these questions may pave your way to a bright career.

The author of this article is Mr. Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla.


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