“What do you want to be when you grow up?” You’ve been asked this question since you were a little girl, but it can still be a struggle to come up with an answer. It’s easy to get lost and confused with so many career options to choose from.
Choosing a career is not an easy decision because there are a lot of factors that go into it. Most people spend the majority of their lives working so you will want to choose something that you’re excited about and don’t dread every day for the rest of your life. So how do you choose the best career for you? What is the best career for women?
What should I consider before choosing a career?
There’s lots to consider but here are some important things to keep in mind when narrowing down your decision on a career. Keep in mind there is no right or wrong answer. What’s right for you isn’t right for every woman.
- Think about your passions.
What do you like to do in your free time? What hobbies do you enjoy? Do you like being inside or outside? Do you enjoy editing photos or videos? Do you like clothes or shopping? Do you prefer people, animals, or data? What do you find yourself daydreaming about when you are supposed to be focused on other tasks? Do you want to create or save the world?
These are all clues that could help you narrow down your decision. If you know that you can’t sit inside all day, that will influence what kind of career options you look at. If you prefer data to people, then that will narrow down your decision to something not in customer support or service.
- Think about what you’re good at.
Identify your skills. What are your talents and strengths? Are you good at math? Are you good with people? Do people always come to you with their technology problems? Do you have a way with children? Do you make the best chocolate chip cookies that anyone has ever had?
Your talents and strengths can help you decide what kinds of jobs you would like. Everyone likes to be good at their job. If you’re good at technology, you might consider programming. If you’re good with kids, you might consider nannying or teaching. Use your strengths to see what jobs might be a good fit.
- Consider how much time and money you are willing to put into pursuing a degree or trade.
Doctors require somewhere between eight to twelve years of education and training. However, nurses only require a few years of education and training yet they are still in the health industry, so that might be a good trade-off if you are in a related industry but you don’t have to spend as much time or money getting there.
- Consider your income.
Every job pays differently, however, you don’t want to focus solely on your salary. You don’t want to choose or eliminate a career based only on the money but your salary will play an important part in your daily life. Choose a career that you don’t have to worry about money, but you also can live comfortably off of.
- Don’t forget to think about your hours.
What kind of time are you wanting to put into your job? How much time are you wanting to spend at your job every day or every week? Depending on what kind of job you have, it will vary on how long you work day-to-day.
Doctors work long hours, but they don’t necessarily have to work every day. Teachers work long hours during the school year but don’t work during the summer. Depending on your line of work, you may have more flexibility or a set schedule.
- Look into programs that are offered at your desired college or trade school.
You want your major to align with your career choice. Looking at lists of majors and programs that are offered at your school can inspire you to explore different career paths. You might find or consider something that you hadn’t originally thought of. You can also talk to career advisors at your school. They may also have other resources for you to explore.
- Are there careers available in your field of choice?
You don’t want to choose a job in a dying industry. Be sure to explore the market growth for your industry before you make your decision. Exploring up-and-coming markets and industries can also be a source of inspiration for career paths. For example, digital and social media marketing wasn’t an option when our parents were in college but now it is a growing and popular job to have.
What should I take away from this?
Remember that you can always change your mind. You aren’t in a binding contract once you make a decision. Think of it as a growing experience. Consider your talents, interests, and priorities. If you find a career path that you feel matches and feels right, look into programs, and make a plan. There are lots of resources to help you decide and get started on your future career path.
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