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Choosing a Career: What You Should Consider

March 25th, 2010

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Deciding on a career can be a difficult and confusing decision. With all of the different industries and occupations out there, the choices can be overwhelming. While some people might know exactly what kind of job they want, others just may end up stumbling upon one that they like. If you are facing a decision about the type of career you want to pursue, you should first consider your personality and education.

Consider your personality. Your personality can influence not only what type of careers you would most enjoy, but also which ones you would be the most successful at. You want to choose a career that will compliment your character traits, strengths, and interests. The better your career choices fit your personality, the easier it will be for you to find stimulation, motivation and satisfaction in them. When faced with a career decision, set aside some time to reflect on what occupations are best suited for your personality. If you are in need of suggestions, or just want to confirm that your hunches are correct, consider taking a career assessment. There are many different types of assessments available that can give you insight into the types of jobs you would thrive in, as well as find the most rewarding ones.

Consider your education. Think not only about what will you need to major in, but also on what level you will need to complete your education. Will you need to major in something broad or specific? Some bachelor's degrees can be applicable to many different areas and can lead to several different career paths, while others are concentrated and focus on a more specific area of study. Also, consider how much education you will have to complete in order to pursue the career you are interested in. Sometimes an undergraduate degree can be the bare minimum you need to get the job you want, while other jobs may require a few more years in school. Think about at which level you are willing to pursue your education. In some industries, there are more employment opportunities at the graduate level, so earning a master's degree may be necessary for career advancement. Other career choices will require that you commit to staying in school for much longer, such ones in medical or science related fields. It is important that you really think about what will be required of you, and are certain of your ability to stay committed and motivated enough to see it to fruition.

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