GrdTips: How To Choose A Career

Tips from Grdient On How To Choose A Career
How To Choose A Career
A Meta-Guide
Work Your Way Through
Choosing a career might seem like a decision you want to put off making. How could you decide now who exactly you want to be in a few years, and for the rest of your life? The truth is, you might have been thinking about it the wrong way. Here are our top tips to help you choose the right career path and work your way through industry disruption.
Chill Out
Understand that choosing a career doesn't have to be an ultimatum. Think of the job market more like a spider's web, where every strand (job description) links to multiple others and you can work your way from anywhere to anywhere else within a timeframe. What is important is to make sure you have the skills needed for the career/s you have in mind. If your education didn't provide you with what you perceive to be a requirement for one of your career options, you can always fill the gap in your skillset at another institution in boot camps or longer courses *cough* Grdient *cough*.
Do some research into your areas of interest!
You need to come to terms with the fact that you may not have known your ideal career existed. It may not even exist at all yet, but you can gain some insight into the ways the industry is changing through reading current articles and blogs within the field. If you plan on starting your own business, using research to find a niche market that hasn't fully developed yet should be a big part of your strategy, as you'll need something to differentiate yourself from the crowd.
  • Separate your goals from your parents' goals!
Try not to let your mom and dad dictate which career path you go down. Every parent has a preconceived idea about what they hope their children will grow up to do, but remember that you are your own person and can make these decisions for yourself! You also don't need your parents to agree to the job you're looking for but you may try to convince them with examples of others that have had success in the field. In the end, your parents will probably support you in what you want to do, just make sure you do a good job at it and make them proud!
Choose something you'll enjoy doing!
People naturally work harder at things they enjoy or are interested in, period. One mistake people often make is assuming, quite stubbornly, that what they studied for is what they'll enjoy working as in the future. This is not always the case! It can be tricky working out which jobs you'll find interesting and challenging, and you might find doing a few internships helpful for your realisation. If you do manage to score a career in something that you know you'd do for free anyway, you've hit the jackpot! Your shifts will fly by and you'll wonder how you're able to get so much done.
Don't be afraid to work your way up or sideways!
If you aren't planning on starting your own business, your dream job doesn't have to, and most likely won't be the first job offer you get. Sometimes you might need to take the scenic route and start in a slightly different area before getting promoted or transferred into the role you were looking for. If it means starting as an admin assistant and quickly worming your way into a more creative area, then so be it! Just stick to the plan, impress who you need to impress. It's like Snakes N Ladders, but without the snakes. So just ladders.
Leverage crossover skills!
Crossover skills are invaluable in evolving industries where disruption can render part of your career scope obsolete. Crossover skills are those gained from jobs, classes, hobbies and volunteer work. Even some parenting skills could be considered valuable to your new career. Did you know that blogging was a legit crossover skill? Yep, it shows the ability to be consistent with content, as well as an aptitude for writing and building a rapport with your readers. Some younger employers will understand the value in these experiences, and be more likely to give you the job or even let you negotiate for a higher salary!
Don't give up!
Searching for a career can make you depressed if you think about it the wrong way. You feel like you're underqualified for everything and wonder whether you can really do the job. The reality is that you're probably just underestimating yourself! If you give up on your dream career, you've given up on a big part of your life. So don't! Always look to move forward, and don't be afraid to apply for higher paying, more interesting, personally resonant jobs if it's going to further your happiness and fulfillment. Be confident and believe in yourself, and watch employers and clients take you much more seriously.