How can someone find what career is right for them?
To help you find what career is right for you, we asked business leaders and HR professionals this question for their best tips. From having a solid understanding of what makes you happy to analyzing your skills, there are several ideas that may help you to find your perfect career.
Here are ten tips to help you find what career is right for you:
- Have a Solid Understanding of What Makes you Happy
- Look At Your Roots
- Informational Interviews
- Work Towards a Goal
- What Did You Enjoy As a Kid?
- Analyze Your Skills
- Align Your Passion With a Market Need
- Seek a Strong Workplace Culture
- Think About the Impact You Want to Make
Regardless of whether you are in college, in the early stages of your career, or you are a seasoned professional, you should always be open to trying something new. This can be through internships, part-time positions, or just freelancing in your spare time. You never know, you might happen upon your dream career!
Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional
Have a Solid Understanding of What Makes you Happy
In order to find the right career for you, you need to have a solid understanding of what makes you truly happy. Too often, people are hyper-focused on salary or culture and end up working in a great job that isn’t the best fit for them. I would recommend identifying what makes you happy then find a way to make money doing what you love. Working in reverse rarely works!
Elliott Greenberg, Touchfree Concepts
Your dream job could be something you don’t even know exists yet. Until you get out and network and talk to people about the careers they love, you might never find a career that is right for you. This also comes in handy if you are actively seeking a job and are open to any career, surveys show that about 85% of jobs are filled through networking!
Henry Babichenko, DD, Eurodenture
Look At Your Roots
I firmly believe in looking to your roots to determine how to move forward and when determining what might be best for you. As the oldest of seven children and growing up on a farm in Danville, Alabama, I learned the meaning of hard work at a young age. I grew up raising calves and feeding them by bottles twice a day. Doing this taught me that when something or someone relies on you, you can’t let them down. This led to me exploring careers where I could advocate for the little guys and serve people every day in my job. These roots and life lessons lead me to practice law and put me where I am today.
Hunter Garnett, Warren & Simpson
Make a Career out of Your Passion
I have always loved sports but had drifted away from this love when I started my professional career at Procter and Gamble. I started a retail position at a local sporting goods store, to entertain my love for sports while waiting to start my MBA program. Before I knew it, I was moved up and promoted at the store and eventually started my own sports summer camp, Camp All-Star, which I ran with my wife for 16 successful years.
People always say that you can’t make a career out of a passion, but why not? Identify something you love and research career paths relating to that topic. Doing something you love will ensure that you have found the career path that is right for you. Who knows what you will find!
Craig Rosen, InterviewFocus
Do lots and lots of informational interviews! By sitting down with a variety of people who work in verticals you have an interest in, you can get a holistic understanding of what it really takes to occupy that position. Too often, we think we can find our dream job scrolling through LinkedIn or attending career fairs, but neither of those options gives you an insight into the true day-to-day activities.
Blake Murphey, American Pipeline Solutions
Work Towards a Goal
By working towards your goal you may find your real passion or dream career path along the way. I realized that coming out of college, the chances of starting my dream career as a 21-year old was slim. But if I kept working in the right direction to set myself up with valuable experience, I would get there in time. By setting up a plan or direction, you may find that different experiences will lead you down different paths – and you could find yourself doing something you love, that you never even expected. Set up your plan but allow yourself to follow leads and different directions if the opportunities present themselves, you may just end up in your perfect career.
Alexis Orth, Markitors
What Did You Enjoy As a Kid?
Most people don’t grow up dreaming about repairing appliances. But for some people, being an appliance technician is the perfect career. For anyone looking to discover the right career path, look to your childhood. Did you grow up taking things apart and putting them back together? If so, maybe having a career in appliance repair really could be up your alley. Take a minute to think about what you enjoyed as a kid, and then think about how those early experiences and interests could apply to your future.
Alex Belladorsi, Appliance Technician
Analyze Your Skills
Finding the right career path is not an easy task and it takes time and effort. In order to make sure that you’re choosing the right job for you, it is important to start by analyzing your skills. Analyze what you like to do, what you are good at, and what jobs these may translate to. The next step is to consult with friends, respected professionals, and career counselors that can help you evaluate your skills and knowledge and give advice on exploring different career paths. Additionally, a career development professional can show you how to make the process of finding a job easier by giving you professional advice. Internships and volunteer opportunities can then serve to reinforce (or not) your career path and can lead you into a life-long career journey.
Ronald Kubitz, Forms+Surfaces
Align Your Passion With a Market Need
The ideal career is found when a person’s skills and passions align with a market need. To balance this equation, consider how you spend your free time and then look for ways to apply elements of that activity to the work world. Sometimes, it’s an easy match – a creative writer who leverages that skill in corporate communications. Other times, it’s not so clear.
Tim Toterhi, Plotline Leadership
Seek a Strong Workplace Culture
Sometimes it’s not so much about the actual work you are doing, it’s the company who you are working for. And that comes down to workplace culture – a top priority for today’s job seekers. Forward-thinking organizations are able to communicate their workplace culture in words and deeds. This includes setting clear behavior expectations for all employees and providing the leadership, support, policies and training to foster respect, diversity and inclusion. A strong workplace culture provides the foundation for building a career and successfully navigating the opportunities and challenges along the way.
Andrew Rawson, Traliant
Think About the Impact You Want to Make
Cadence Education has more than 200 private preschools and elementary schools across the United States that are full of people who are passionate about inspiring and educating young children. While many children may grow up aspiring to be a teacher, other career options like preschool director, assistant teacher, or even cook can be options to be involved and make an impact in early education. We’ve found that many people working in the Cadence Education Family of Schools found a nice career fit by thinking about the impact they want to make on the world, and finding an outlet to make that dream a reality.
Jeanne Kolpek, Cadence Education