Whether you are about to apply to college/university or have recently graduated, you’ve only determined that you have no idea what you want to do with your education. Relax because what you should know is that you’re not alone.
Millions of students graduate every year without knowing what they want to do next. There are also millions who have their entire lives planned out, and every move they make after that is to achieve those goals, but you don’t need to have a plan the same time as everybody else. There are certain things you can do to help yourself pick the right career.
Here are 5 things you can do to find the right career for you:
1. What Do You Love?
Why not build a career doing something you love to do? Bill Gates loved his computer science so he built a billion-dollar enterprise, Microsoft! To humour you, this is no means of encouraging you to go out there and build a billion-dollar company, but what I am encouraging is to find your calling in life. Find your passion and your career will find you. Never know, you could be the next Bill Gates…
2. Put Your Skills to the Test
What are my skills? What is something that I’m really good at? These are some common questions people often ask themselves. It’s possible to be passionate about something and not be the best at it. So, what are you best at doing? Are you a people person with great people skills? Then you’d fit right in customer service! Do you like math and find you do pretty well with it? Perhaps you should look into finance! Essentially, build a list of some pros and cons – this would be a great start to determine what it is that you’re good at and what you’re not.
3. Rise from the Shadows
To gain a deeper understanding about a job or career is to shadow someone working in your field of interest. Shadowing is easy because it’s only a matter of few days and you can learn a lot. By analyzing what they do day-to-day, taking notes, talking and asking questions can help you make a better decision.
4. Be Practical
The only way you could know for sure what you want to do is by actually doing it. Enter internships; it’s probably the best way to try out a career path without wasting any time. An internship is great because it gives you experience in doing real work and most importantly, networking. By the end of the internship, you’d have spoken to enough people for advice on what is the best career path for you.
5. Find Your Guru
A Guru is simply a mentor. Whether you’re doing an internship or simply shadowing someone, you’ll talk to a lot of people, and one of them might turn into a mentor or you make sure you ask someone to be your mentor. They’ve been through every obstacle you might face on your journey to the top. Talking to them about their experiences, can help you figure out how to get across the road you’re on or if it’s even the right one for you.