A lot of people have at least an idea of what they want to do for a career. Some people have no idea as to what they want to do other than make lots of money. Whatever your situation, it is possible to get the career that you want. Below are some tips to get you started.
1. Determine the career best suited to you.
The first step to getting the career that you want is to determine what is suited to you. There are tests that you can take that determine your personality type. You could also create a comprehensive inventory of your personal traits. Write down your strengths, weaknesses values, beliefs and other important aspects about yourself. Search online for a career inventory. There are lots of avenues for determining the career best suited to you.
2. Investigate your new career.
After figuring out a career for yourself, do some research into your desired field. Determine what it takes to get into the field, the competition in the field, the required training and other factors that will affect you landing a job.
3. Break into your new career.
Don’t be discouraged if your desired career seems unattainable. There are many avenues for getting your foot in the door if your desired field is competitive. Get a leg up on the competition by networking. Often who you know is more important than what you know when it comes to landing that first gig. If you can network and get some leads and references, that will increase your chances of landing a job in your desired field.
4. Branch out.
If you have landed a career in your desired field, congratulations! The important thing now is not to get complacent. Look for opportunities to improve your knowledge and skills in your area. If appropriate, do volunteer work that coincides with your career to broaden yourself. Keep talking to people; you never know who might be the doorway to your next great job.
5. What to do if it’s not working.
Getting the career that you want is never what you expect. If you know the right people and are at the right place at the right time, you may find yourself breaking through into your desired field. Some fields are more competitive than others and may take more time to get into. In which case, it may be good for you to find a part time job if you can, to help you along in your pursuit of work in your desired area.
These are just some quick tips to help you on your way to landing a job in a field you love. The best reward about doing something that you love is that you no longer feel like you are working. You will know the feeling when it happens. Work and life converge.