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Career Path Selection

STEP 1: SELF-AWARENESS

The first step in the career path selection is to evaluate and weigh you, to identify your strengths and preferences and then to match them to jobs, industries, careers and organizations. This is vital for establishing your attractiveness in the job market as well as your ability to find a satisfying job. You may be tempted to skip over this part of the career planning process, but beware – employers expect you to speak about yourself and articulate how you can contribute to their organization. This step has the main role in the professional life of every individual or group for career guidance. Following the steps of career planning will be helpful in making good decisions for the selection of your career path which leads to a successful and happy professional life.

1. FIND YOUR INTERESTS

Interest comes from inspiration, so let your life be your inspiration. Things which make you fascinated will become your interest and it will start pinching you to work on it. Thus you will be more enthusiastic and motivated to do something you really want to do.

  • What jobs am I interested in?
  • Do I have a dream job?
  • What do/did I find interesting about my degree subject? (researching, lab work, being creative, team projects,            government politics, etc)
  • What do/did I not enjoy? (Laboratory work, presentations)
  • What did I enjoy about my previous jobs? (Although you may not want a career in bar management you may have really enjoyed customer contact)
  • Is there a job that I have always admired? (a friend / on TV)
  • Why so? (the responsibility, the type of clients, the sector, fun?)
  • What hobbies have I chosen to pursue out of work/study?
  • What does that say about what I enjoy doing? (perhaps helping others, outdoor workings, leading/co-coordinating people)

2. FIND YOUR SKILLS

Skills are simply the things you learn to be enabled to perform certain tasks. Make a list of your skills which reflects your interests. It’s important to take your time in doing this analysis.

Example:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leading and Directing
  • Creativity
  • Research and Analysis
  • Presenting information
  • Information Technology

3. FIND YOUR PERSONAL VALUES

You need to know what in general values are. Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life. As your definition of life changes, so do your personal values. That is why keeping in touch with your values is lifelong process.
When you define your own personal values you will discover what is truly important to you.

Example:

  • Generosity
  • Humanity/Philanthropy
  • Community
  • Family –Oriented           More

4. FIND ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY PREFERENCES AND INTERPERSONAL NEEDS

They are related to your individual innate nature and tend to be consistent over time. Understanding personality and interpersonal needs allow you to see correlations between the ways you make decisions and your work style.

STEP 2: EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES

Explore and research for the option is the second step in career planning cycle. In this phase you need to evaluate the fields and filter the few study areas for further next step.

Here are few major fields below

HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES SOCIAL SCIENCES ENGINEERING
ARTS HUMANITY COMPUTER SCIENCE
BUSINESS EDUCATION AGRICULTURE

STEP 3: DECISION MAKING

After going through all the above process of self-awareness and exploring opportunities, you have to decide your dream job and future career. It’s good to decide by keeping in view your interests, skills and interpersonal preferences because it will lead you towards a confident and self-reliance professional and citizen with the passage of time.

Beside this, there are people who don’t get a chance to think about their interest and skills. They have to choose a specific career for their survival due to some financial or social issues. Still you can do better than the person following the normal procedure. Never let yourself down, work hard to get stable first and work on your interest slowly and gradually. Never lose hope because it’s the only motivation you can have as a powerful human being of this technological era. Do whatever you want to do, thus you can do the best out of your abilities and potential. So make your own choices and believe me you will be proud of yourself one day.

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