This Is An Important Decision!

To choose the right career requires more than luck. It is about learning what motivates you and your attitude about your goals.

Everybody wants a fulfilling career, but only rarely does it happen. As a result, people change careers, because they are dissatisfied with their initial choice.

In my mind, there is no question about the most important thing to do first. You must learn about yourself. By the time a person is 15 years old, they know quite a bit about themselves. They know if they have unique qualities or talents. They know their abilities and interests.

A fifteen year old should know his/her values and probably knows the life-style that he wants to live. He should know what interests him as well as the skills that he does or does not possess. Some of these may be natural talents that only a few people have.

There is no one career that is best for everyone, because we have different skills and interests. We all have dissimilar experiences and we are likely to have very different expectations.

For this reason, it is wise to keep our career options flexible until we learn more about any particular vocation. There are several things to consider such as our ability to deal with stress or deadlines or a lengthy commute to work. Can you envision being part of a team; providing solutions? Or would you prefer to work alone and avoid that social interaction?

Most career problems occur because we are not realistic about our assessment of our true desires. That is why it is so important to "Know Thyself".

What Would You Do If You Didn't Have To Work?

That could lead to the perfect career. Would you travel or play video games? If that is the case, you might enjoy being a travel agent or being the creator of video games. The point is, in order to be happy in whatever career you choose, it should be something that you enjoy doing.

When I was a teenager working in a gas station, I learned from a physician that he earned $25,000 per year (that was in 1961). That was five times what a factory worker made. Since I wanted a career that paid well, I immediately limited my choices to the options that would provide the lifestyle that I wanted.

My options soon became: physician, dentist, lawyer or clinical psychologist. My brother and I were industrious and had outstanding work ethics. We wanted to succeed financially. The result was we both became wealthy.

My brother didn't like school, but I did. He started two businesses before he left high school and I went to college for 9 years and became an endodontist. We both knew what we wanted and were willing to do the work necessary to make our dreams come true. 

I believe that the ten year period between ages 15 and 25 are more important than any 10 year period in most people's lives. During this time we are likely to decide about education, join the workforce, get married and choose a career. I believe that these 10 years most often shape the remainder of our lives.

During these years, we experiment, date, get a driver's license and so many other things. Our choices can get us started in a career that we really enjoy or affect our lives in a very negative way. All of us have a choice, whether we will admit it or not.

Look At Your Hobbies and What You Were Good At In School!

What are your hobbies? Do you like to fix cars or work with wood? Maybe there is something that you are really good at. You could pursue it as you choose the right career. 

As you choose the right career, think about things that you are excelled at in school. Were you really good in English or Mathematics or Chemistry? This should lead you to related careers where you can use what you are good at. School or work achievements help to identify one's abilities.

We are all happier (and more successful) with a career that fits our skills and personality. 

Parents - Personality - Aptitude Tests!

Parents should and do affect a child's career choices. Parents approve or disapprove the decisions that a child makes. They affect attitudes and behavior and expectations. They provide information as well as alternatives and consequences.

Skills and personality can affect your career choices. For example, you may have a top priority of job stability. Or it may be income. Those objectives will limit your choices as you choose the right career.

Career aptitude tests can be very helpful by pointing you in the right direction. They can measure interests, abilities and values. There are many free web sites that can be accessed for these tests.

Do's and Don'ts When You Choose the Right Career!

  • Do pick a lifestyle rather than a job title.
  • Do learn about yourself and your interests.
  • Do pursue that which you are naturally drawn to.
  • Do choose the values that will continue to motivate you.
  • Do take part-time jobs. This is a way to evaluate what type of career you are suited for.
  • Don't believe the hype about jobs. Get first-hand experience.
  • Don't commit to one path prematurely. Try several jobs until you find the one that fits.

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