A Guide to Finding the Best Career Path for You

Have you ever felt that you are tired of doing the same old thing, day after day – especially in your working life?

It is very difficult to make a career change – even more so if you are working in a family business and don’t have the education or required skills to make the change.

People are quick to tell you to just “take the leap”, but this is easier said than done when so much is at stake.

Besides not hurting your employer/family, finding the best career path for yourself, after becoming so comfortable in your nice warm nest, is no laughing matter.

Below is a short guide to planning your career path:

Tip One: Plotting your career path

Like a pair of pants from a clothing store, career advice is not one-size-fits-all. What works for some will not necessarily work for others. However, there are general steps that you can take when it comes to safeguarding your professional self.

• Take stock and evaluate – write down what you do and what you would like to do. This will give you an idea of whether or not you are on the right path.

• Take notes and build your career plan – research the jobs that you are interested in and speak to people in your desired position or career.

• Take action and make your move – once you have done your research and evaluated your options, you have created your personalised career map.

Tip Two: Choosing the right course for your future career

Choosing the right course is a big decision. It is important to give this decision a lot of thought, as it will impact your future success and may determine which career path you are able to follow. Thus, remember to conduct thorough research on the courses that are of interest to you.

Below are a few factors to consider when making a decision about which course is best for you:

• Your interests

• The course content of the prospective course

• Quality of the prospective learning institution

• Career opportunities that are available once you have completed the course

Tip Three: Think of your career as a series of experiences

• You need to be a lifelong learner if you want to make an impact, succeed, and feel accomplished. So whether you have five or ten different employers throughout your career – make sure you learn something from each one. The experiences you have will expand your world view, give you new perspectives, and make you a more interesting person.

Tip Four: Don’t settle for a job that you are not passionate about

• With the current economic situation, people are often encouraged to find a job that will pay the bills. This is the worst advice to give someone. According to many studies, you won’t last long in a career if you lack interest and enthusiasm. On the other hand, when you’re passionate about your job, you’re excited to go to work every day, you are happy to work longer hours, and you end up accomplishing a lot more.

And most importantly…

Tip Five: Be good to yourself

• Building a career can be tricky, so be good to yourself. Make time for fun activities, and for things that make you feel good. Start a journal documenting all your strengths, and when negative self-talk is holding you back, turn to this journal for positive affirmation that can help to build you up again.

Finding the right career path for YOU is extremely important and at the same time can be a great adventure. At Skills Academy, we offer a variety of courses that will help finding a career path that is best suited for you – a walk in the park.