Choose a career that meets your needs:
1.) How much money would you like to make?
2.) What else do you need?
What type of working hours fit your family and lifestyle?
- Do you have small children?
Does your partner work and how much?
Do you need a job that’s low-stress or do you prefer a career with more drama?
What are your long-term career plans? Do you want to rise to the top, or are you content to stay in the same job for the next couple of decades?
3.) What do you naturally like?
- Are you a fan of science?
- Do you like working with people?
- Do you like to sell?
- Would you rather sit in front of a computer all day by yourself?
4.) What do you naturally dislike?
Avoid choosing a particular career just because it pays well or allows you to take the summers off.
- In the Book, Just Start:Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future,the authors are convinced (based on their research) that when you’re heading into the unknown, desire is all-important. Desire will make you more creative and more resourceful, and will help you get further faster.
- Be smart, of course! If you can’t afford to feed your family by doing the thing you’re passionate about then you’d better not bet your economic life on it! A basic principle concerning how you should deal with an unknown future is that every small smart step you take should leave you alive to take the next step.
5.) What were your dreams as a child?
- Most people have exciting dreams as a child, yet end up working in an office environment they find unenjoyable. Return to your childhood and see what you find.
- Here’s a fun little quiz where if you fill in information about your childhood dream job it will tell you what adult job would be perfect for you.
6.) Consider previous positions you’ve held.
- You love talking to people, but don’t love talking at them.
- You love working in an office, but don’t love being in front of a computer all day.
- You love being creative, but don’t love using logical reasoning.
7.) Consider alternate solutions in an industry you love.
- Helps people. There are plenty of other careers that provide the opportunity to help people that wouldn’t take as long to complete. A Certified Medical Assistant can take between 9 months to 3 years or a paramedic which can take about 8 months to 2 years to complete.
- High salary. Many careers pay better than a doctor, especially after eight years of hard effort. However, you won’t find any in the medical field that would pay higher than a doctor without the years of education and internship so you would need to look at entering another field of work. An article in Business Insider, mentions 9 jobs where you make more money than a doctor and don’t need a degree. Check it out here.
- Challenge. There are a lot of different avenues you can take to feel challenged. Start a charity. Write a bestseller. Work with inner city children. Start a successful business. There are many other careers that offer a challenge if that’s what you love.
- If your career choice isn’t feasible, ask yourself why you wanted that career and find a substitute that meets those needs.