Choosing my professional path, who can I turn to?

More often than not, many students who graduate from high school, especially from general education, find themselves with the lifetime decision to make for their career path. Peer pressure and the ignorance of personal skills set and values, make some youths take the wrong decision. The question of whether to choose passion or money is a major factor in the decision process.

An article published by Harvard Business Review on April 08, 2013 says that research suggests that human beings are remarkably bad at predicting how they will feel when doing something in the future. It’s not hard to find someone who started out thinking that they would love their chosen profession, only to wind up hating it. In fairness, how are you supposed to know if you will be happy as an investment banker, or an artist, or a professor, if you haven’t actually done any of these things yet? Who has ever, in the history of mankind, taken a job and had it turn out exactly as they imagined it would?

The writer adds that if passion and expected happiness cannot be sure guides, what then can be? You can start by studying yourself, know your skills and values and choose a career path that fits those. You also want to choose an occupation that provides a good motivational fit for you as well and good cash of course! You can talk through your options with a careers adviser from the accredited guidance counselors or an elderly, experienced person who is already in the files you admire. Also, experts can help you to figure out what employers are looking for and advise you on how to sell your skills and experience.

There are tips that can help you find your way easily.

  • Consider the subject you loved at school as it can be a career launcher.
  • Consider your hobbies as you turn one into a career.
  • Consider skills you excel in, fixing or making things.
  • Explore yourself and take some time to decide what's important to you.
  • Consider careers that have easy access to or like one that your family has been in for some time.
  • Consider your future career and financial stability too.
  • Last but not least, consider your dream career. What would you do if you did not have to work? Another idea is to think of what you can do with a Million FRS CFA if you had it.

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