Questions to ask Yourself Before Choosing a Career

Welcome to the working world! Nervous about choosing the right job? We’ve got you covered. Below are questions to ask yourself before choosing a career.

Questions to ask Yourself Before Choosing a Career

There are many reasons why your career choice is important. Before choosing your path, you must first self-reflect so that your decision matches your lifestyle. These are the questions to ask yourself before choosing a career.

Why is it Important to Choose the Right Career?

A career is not just the job you go to at 8 am every morning. This is your livelihood and will affect everything from your day to day happiness to your standard of living. Makes a career sound a lot more serious right? Choosing the right or wrong career will have either a positive or negative impact on your short and long term future. Make the right choice!

How to Identify Your Career Options

The first thing to do is an honest assessment of yourself. This will show you what career paths are realistically open to you. Your qualifications, work experience and skill set will determine what you can or cannot pursue. Don’t have any qualifications? Not to worry! There is a career out there for everyone. Want to complete a course which gives you a better chance of getting a job in your field? Check out our course and choose the one that suits you best!

Questions to ask Yourself Before Choosing a Career

Now let’s take a deeper look at what you should consider when choosing a career. Remember that this is a personal choice. No one but you should make it. It is okay to take other opinions into consideration but the choice is ultimately yours. These are a few questions to think about:

What are you Passionate About?

First think about what makes you happy. Your career will consume a lot of your time so it is important to choose a job which makes you happy. If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life!

Do you Have any Work Experience?

Your work experience could be very important in finding a job. If you do have any experience, you will already understand the scope of your career. This puts you in a position to judge whether you want to continue in your field or change. It also means that working in the career will need less of an adjustment.

Which Qualifications do you Have?

Your ‘qualifications’ do exactly what they imply. They qualify you to work in a specific job or career. This means that certain jobs will require specific qualifications. If you have chosen a career which requires you to have studied, it is important you complete one. Complete a call back form and our experts will help you choose the perfect qualification.

What Skills do you Have?

The skills you have picked up thus far should also influence your choice. In your career, you will perform tasks which require you to have mastered certain skills. If you already have skills which match your career, it will make your job a lot easier. No skills? No problem. Choose one of our Workplace skills courses and get yourself ready for your dream job. 

What Work Tasks Do You Not Enjoy Doing?

As important as it is to have a career you enjoy, there are certain things we just do not enjoy doing. It is fine, you are only human. Identify what tasks you would rather avoid doing and whether your career choice will need you to perform them. No career will be perfect but you are able to choose your struggle. 

What do you Want to be Paid?

Visit a website like payscale and check what you can expect to be paid at different stages of your career. This could help you make a decision as you can judge what quality of life you will have.

Six colleges in their career attire. Questions to ask Yourself before choosing a career.

Steps to Take if Your Qualification Does not Match Your Passion

Have you studied something which you don’t want to work in? No problem. The most important thing is choosing the right career. Do not condemn yourself to a job just because you studied for it. Below are a few steps you can take:

  • Complete a Course that matches your dream job.
  • Take the job you can get, until you find the job you want. Your job could support your passion.
  • Be realistic. Research your passion and whether you can make a career out of it.
  • Passion is not permanent. Find a job and give 100% even if it’s not your passion. It could develop into exactly what you want to do. 

Let’s get you Ready for Your Dream Career

So you are now ready to choose your ‘perfect’ career. There will be other people in your field which can be seen as your ‘competition’. Why not make yourself stand out from the rest by adding a course to your CV? Find out how you can become a stand out applicant by contacting our course experts through:

  • Calling us on 0800 39 00 27
  • Filling in our contact form for a call back
Last Updated: June 20, 2021

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Eric Diergaardt
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