The scary thing is that there are people who have devoted years to building a career, only to realise at some point that this isn’t what they want to do with their lives. You might even already have experienced something like this. The problem is that while it is already difficult to really know what you don’t want to do, it is even harder to know which career is actually right for you.
Because so many of us sacrifice our time and money to pursue a direction we later find out is not right for us, here are a few things you can do to make sure you are in the right business from the get go:
1. Start by doing research
Research, research, research! This is the best thing you can do for yourself. It might seem like a lot of effort now, but you won’t regret it once you find that profession you really love working in (and avoiding the professions you wouldn’t have enjoyed).
Here is a short slideshow we created to help those who want to study Events Management. It will also give you a framework of possible questions to ask of your own study direction:
As can be seen in the slideshow, there are 3 main areas that you can do research in:
- Do some self-reflection: Ask questions about yourself and whether you have what it takes to succeed in, and enjoy, the profession.
- Find out what the job will entail: Do research about the kind of work that this profession consists of and decide whether this will be something you will enjoy.
- Explore career possibilities: Do research on the career possibilities of your profession. Find out more about the industry, level of pay, and availability of work before making any final decisions.
And don’t just stick to the internet; go talk to real professionals! They will be able to give you real insight and advice, making it much easier for you to get a clear picture of your possible future.
2. Really consider taking a short course
A great way to get a ‘taste’ for a certain profession is to take a short course in that specific field. You will get some insider knowledge about the profession, get a taste of the type of work involved, and learn some of the skills you can expect to use in your future job.
If you don’t like the study direction, then you save yourself a lot of time and money by avoiding it.
Here are some more reasons why a short course is ideal:
- It’s cheap.
- You don’t have to make any long-term commitments (as opposed to studying a 3-year degree).
- It is only a couple of months long.
- You can take it part-time from home, which means that it isn’t going to inconvenience you or get in the way of your personal or work schedule.
- Whether or not you go into the specific profession, your short course will still count as specialised training on your CV (a lot of short courses have universal skills they teach as well).
If you want to see our complete short course list, simply click on the button below:
3. Talk to a Career Advisor
This one cannot be emphasised enough. While you might not know which choice is the right one, there are people trained to help you choose.
Getting professional career advice is a great way to get direction, and to find out more about what will suit you and what kind of work you would actually enjoy doing.
But you don’t have to pay someone to give you career advice! Did you know that Skills Academy has Career Advisors you can talk to for free?
If you want to talk to a Career Advisor for free, simply call us on the number below and tell the operator that you want to talk to an Advisor:
0800 040 040
For most people, finding their perfect profession is a long journey. But you can make this journey considerably shorter by doing some research, testing the career out with a short course, and talking to a professional Career Advisor beforehand.