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How to Find the Right Career Path for You

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What Do You Want To Do?

You’ve probably been asked this hundreds of times by your parents/guardians, teachers, and friends. You might know exactly what you want to do, and have started working towards achieving that goal already, which is great! However, the likelihood is that you don’t really know what you want to do. This is normal.

So, how do you find out what you like, what you enjoy and ultimately, what career path you want to go down? It’s different for different people. Some need to try things before they can decide whether it’s for them or not, others will have a vague idea of what they like and try and find a job that relates to that in some type of way. If you’re at a complete loss, one of the best things you can do is trial and error. Find out what you enjoy, what sectors you’re interested in and gain experience working in a professional environment as well as learning from other people. You’re not going to love every single thing you do. But when you do find that one thing you’re interested in and enjoy doing, the trial and error process will have been totally worth it.

A lot of the time your parents will have an idea which they think is best for you, which is great having that support and guidance. However, this is your opportunity to do what you want to do! Take their advice, use it, but also remember this is down to you.

Finding the Right Opportunities

This can be a tricky part of getting to that dream career of yours. Starting off is usually the hardest part; not knowing where to look, what to apply for, how to look for opportunities that suit you. There are loads of tools that can help you! Speak to your careers advisor or a teacher you trust. Speak to your parents or family friends who have good, experienced advice. There are also websites specifically set up to help you find the perfect opportunity.

If you have an interest in marketing, business, law etc then you will more than likely be spoilt for choice. Pearson College London provides some fantastic courses and Not Going to Uni lists some great opportunities, tailored to individual needs and interests that may just suit you perfectly.

A chance to learn and gain experience will stand you in good stead for your future.
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Ask Yourself These Questions

To find what you want to do, you must know what you enjoy doing. Sounds obvious right? But this can sometimes be the hardest question to answer due to the sheer diversity of paths you can take. So, ask yourself these questions;

  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • Who would I prefer to work with?
  • What sort of sector interests me the most?
  • Do I have to go to university to do what I want to do or is a Degree Apprenticeship better suited?
  • Where do I want to be in 5 years?

hese questions might be tough to answer, which is expected. However, think about them regularly, brainstorm ideas and really try to understand yourself. If you take all of these questions into consideration and give them serious thought, it will allow you to really get an understanding of the path that is best for you. At the end of that path, you will find your dream career!

But it’s not an instant process. Along the way, you might have to adjust one of your answers to a certain question and backtrack, contemplating an alternative answer and therefore a change of direction on your path. No-one’s path is completely straight, nor does it have a set end time. You’ll always be learning about yourself, what you prefer to do, what sort of role suits you best and how you work more efficiently. However, by asking yourself these questions now, you’re giving yourself a head-start and ultimately the best chance of finding that dream career earlier.

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How to Find the Right Career Path for You
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