How do I choose a career?
Choosing a career to work towards can be a really hard decision to make for many people, so you need to make sure you go about it very carefully. And that’s where Career Camel come in – we have the best resources to help you make the most informed decision you can.
The best way to make an informed decision is not easy, and unfortunately it will require a lot of work. The key is: research, research, research! Sounds dull but it’s super important to ensure you don’t make a rushed or wrong decision.
Once you’ve started compiling your career action plan try searching a few things you’re interested in, or have had experience in, through the search box below, and you’ll be able to have a read of detailed job profiles for more than 300 positions. Also make sure you look up other jobs as well; you never know, you might be the perfect candidate for a job as an actuary for example, but if you don’t know what an actuary does, you would never consider becoming one!
If you’re feeling lazy and can’t be bothered to read hundreds of job descriptions, alternatively you can check out this resource LINK we have created from job profile videos by Careers Box. They’re definitely worth a watch!
If you’re still struggling, you can take a number of different personality tests to help you decide. Over at Career Camel we have a career decisions course being developed, which is coming soon and will be totally free, and it assesses your interests, personality, skills and values to help you work out your perfect career. Our friends Career Clover also have a 30 minute personality assessment which provides in-depth feedback and specifically-tailored advice just for you.
Once you’ve had a look through and chosen some careers that you like, it might be a good idea to draw up a comparison table so you can see the advantages and disadvantages of each career, and weigh them up.
You can also use comparison tools like this one to look at salary against required education, and bestCourse4me.com has created a tool which shows you the link between what you study, what you earn and what jobs you can get. Click on one of the options below to get started.
If you’ve used all of the above tools and you still have no clue, a good idea is to work towards a general career area which you can adapt or make more specific in the future. For example, if you’re interested in media you could try and gain work experience and do qualifications relevant to that general area. This also might be an advantage as you won’t have done totally pointless experience if you do change your mind!
Whatever you decide, at least choose something, even if it’s vague, to aim towards. Better that way than to do nothing at all; remember, camels aren’t lazy!