One of the toughest decisions to make as a teenager is what you’ll do after you graduate. Until graduation, you’ve had your course mapped out for you at school. Then, once you graduate, suddenly its all up to you. It can seem like pretty scary if you’re not 100% sure what you’d like to do once you graduate.
One thing that can make finding a career less scary is to begin discovering what careers appeal to you. Here’s a few things you can do to help in the discovery process.
- Get to know yourself – Take some time to discover your likes. Do some honest self inventory. Do you like working with people or do you prefer to work alone? Do you like reading? Do you prefer doing things that are more hands on? Do you like risk or do you prefer security?
If you ask yourself these types of questions, it will help you narrow down which types of careers are a good fit for you. If you don’t like working with people, then you should not aim for a career where you deal with people all the time. You’ll wind up hating it. If you like security, then a consistent stable job is something that you should consider. Keep in mind the type of person you are when looking to find a career.
Take a close and honest look at yourself. Taking time to determine the types of jobs that are a good fit for your personality will go a long way in finding the right career for you.
- Do some research – Once you’ve got a list of a few careers you think you might be interested in, do some research. Get online and find out if people are hiring for that career where you would like to live. Find out what those jobs require in terms of training or a degree.
Don’t just jump blindly into a degree or training program at college. Research online and talk to other people who have studied similar things to find out if the degree or training program will really land you the career you want.
If you take the time to do the research now, you’ll not waste money on training or schooling that you will regret later. Many young people find out that they went on to college only to get a degree in a field where few jobs exist. Do your research and make sure your degree or training program will help you get a job.
- Get God involved – Lots of times in looking for the right career, we forget to get God involved. God knows you better than anyone else. He knows what types of careers are the right fit for you. Get Him involved in your decision making process.
“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:6
Choosing a career is a process that involves some research and a bit of work. However, if goes the smoothest when you get God involved in the process. Ask His wisdom and guidance and you’ll be so glad you did.
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