- Assess yourself
We all have unique interests, abilities, goals, and values and based on these, there are certain careers we should not pursue and others where we’d excel and be satisfied. Use resources like career assessments and counselling to assist you in articulating what you would most enjoy and excel at.
- Make a list of potential careers
After conducting a self-assessment, it will start to become clear which types of careers you should pursue. Choose up to 10 careers and create a new list with these choices. Focus on careers that really interest you and match your skillset.
- Consider the options
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, research each potential career. Learn about educational or training requirements, job duties, employment outlook, annual earnings, and promotion opportunities. While there are many resources on the internet available to assist you, it’s also really helpful to meet with a professional in each field to get insights and in-depth details. Reach out to friends and family who are involved in one of your potential professions. They can be an invaluable resource in your fact-finding mission.
- Narrow it down
You should now be able to eliminate some careers on the list. There will inevitably be some careers where the education requirements, potential salary, or job growth projections are not what you are looking for. Do your best to narrow your list to 1 or 2 jobs.
- Set Goals
After your list has been narrowed, you should be able to articulate some short and long term goals for each of your potential careers. It’s important to make your goals realistic to attain, and to stay committed to them.
- Make a career action plan
Once you’ve established career goals, start outlining an action plan to make them a reality. Be specific about the steps needed to reach your goals and be prepared for the potential obstacles. Find out what kind of resources are available to you as you implement your action plan. An effective plan will clearly define how you will complete the required training or education, obtain employment, and develop professionally once you’ve begun your career.
- Get the training you’ll need
This is the biggest time investment as you pursue a new career. Depending on which career you choose, you may need to complete a university degree or vocational training.