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10July

Deciding the Right Path

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Career Planning

You might be very unsure of your career and thinking, what is the right career for me? Your future does not have to be uncertain, you can think about.

•Think about your dream career. If you had a million pounds and could do anything, what would you do? Answering this question does not mean you should take the answer literally and pursue that career as this may not be the best thing for you. For example, if you want to be a musician, you might consider going into audio engineering or music composition

•What do you enjoy doing? It is also important to think about what your hobbies are, and what you enjoy doing. It is very easy to turn these things into a future career, that way you can make a career out of doing what you love. For example, if you like drawing or art, consider becoming a graphic designer

•What were your favourite subjects at school? Academic subjects translate well into future careers but often require you to do a degree in that subject. If you loved chemistry, then you start a career as a lab technician or pharmacist, if you like English then you could become an editor or a copywriter, or if you enjoyed maths then you could become an actuary or accountant

•Your Skills: Everyone is good at something, so it is important to build your confidence and look at your skills, what they are and how they could be useful in the working world. If you have a lot of practical skills, then this could translate into a promising career in something like carpentry or construction

•Consider your Interpersonal Skills: If you like helping people and are good at communicating, then there are a number of jobs you can get out of this. Communication skills are useful in business, while if you like to care for people then you should consider a career in nursing or work as an administrative assistant or office manager

•If you don’t know what you are good at, then ask people. They may perhaps have more ideas about what you are good at then other people.

•Consider your financial Situation. It is important to look at your current situation before making elaborate and potentially expensive career plans. You may need to study for qualifications or do a course, and so you are going to need a loan or a temporary job to help you save up money. It is worth thinking about how you are going to do this before starting your career plan

•Do your Research: It is important to go into a new career knowing exactly what it entails. Things to find out are the qualifications and experience you need to get into the career, the likely work you will have to do at the start, the kind of salary you could expect and the main companies that do that kind of work.

Put this down on a piece of paper and think long and hard whether you can see yourself in this profession. If the answer is yes, then start setting goals to help yourself get there.

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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