Whether you’re in the midst of a career years in the running or just starting your new career and vocational journey, it’s crucial to take five and conduct a thorough self-assessment as you begin to chart your course. A lot of stress and heartbreak can be saved down the road if you are familiar with the right factors that go into choosing your ideal career – factors that are fundamental to your career satisfaction, aptitude at your job, and even the stability of your home and personal life as you move forward. Here are seven essential questions to ask yourself before you embark on a new career path.
What are my strengths?
Doing what you’re good at is a surefire way to career success. Make a list of your hard skills (skills that you acquire through education and experience, such as coding, budgeting, and mixology) and soft skills (skills that are inherently built into your personality, such as interpersonal skills, communication, and leadership) and look for jobs that will allow you to flex your strongest muscles.
What are my limitations?
This is a difficult but important consideration when it comes to choosing your career. Knowing your boundaries is an oft-unmentioned superpower, and self-awareness regarding what you can and can’t handle is vital when it comes to preempting stress and failure in your professional life.
What are my interests?
People say it all the time – you’ll never work a day in your life if you do what you love for a living. Hone in on what makes you happy, engaged, and alive with passion. Gravitate towards careers that will feed your soul as much as they fatten your pocketbook.
What qualifications do I need to start a new career?
It’s critical to pay attention to the educational and vocational qualifications for the careers you’re interested in, as without them, gaining or retaining your dream job may be near impossible. If it’s time to re-up on your skillset, put forth the necessary energy and planning to do so.
What kind of environment do I want to work in?
The beauty of the job market is that it offers limitless possibilities in the way of working environments. If you thrive in an office setting, go for a career that will put you in one. If you are interested in being on the go or traveling often, pick a job that will allow you to stay on the move. Consider whether or not you prefer to work as a lone wolf or a team player, whether you flourish in fast-paced or slower working environments, and what environmental elements are vital to your success as a worker.
What are my long-term goals?
Avoid choosing a career path that will lead you somewhere you don’t want to go. Think about the later stages of your life and your descendants and inheritors. Though there are always uncertainties that cannot be accounted for, and it is always okay to change your mind, having an idea of where you’d like to end up before you start your journey can make the journey easier and guide you as you make important decisions.
Is there room for growth?
Nobody wants to get stuck in a dead-end career. If a job or company does not provide room for promotion or growth, perhaps it isn’t the right one for you. Limit your options to those that will allow you to move toward greater heights as you progress.
These questions require long, thoughtful contemplation and may trigger some anxiety. It’s okay! Take a breath and take your time. If you’re unsure about your answers or where to turn next, feel free to reach out to us for help. Career Path Staffing is here to answer all your pressing job-seeking questions!