Monday, 9 October 2017

Picking the Right Career Path

Hi guys, I am sorry for the inconsistency in the blog posts. I have been busy lately with a few things and fortunately if I would say, the schedule just got tighter.

I have received a good number of emails asking I publish an article on finding the perfect career path for oneself. I am not an authority on this subject, but I can say, I have done some research and yes, from my experience, I can enlighten some of you.

I concluded secondary school (high school) in 2015, being an Art student. Every bright student in class seemed to want to study Law. As time past, I started to see any other course as an undermining of my intellectual capabilities. Months came into years and the time to apply to study a course in the university confronted me. I allowed the stereotype become me. I never really carried out a self-assessment. I applied into the University of Ibadan to study Law and yes, I got admitted.

Few months before I resumed, I interned in a magazine, Rubyplus Africa and it started to dawn on me that I had a flair for anything media and my calling was a little far from Law. In  a few weeks, I auditioned for a TV presenting job, I got it. I started to compere events, host a radio show and when the time to resume school came, the zeal I thought I had for Law had dried up. Long story short, I am currently not having the best time. So, here is a list of things you should consider before dedicating yourself for a course of study.


Think About What Excites You

This one's the first obvious step—we all want to enjoy and actually like our careers. (Perhaps the biggest sign you're on the wrong path is if you dread talking about your job.) While passion isn't the only requirement for being content in your career, many would say it's still essential, if only because passion is what keeps you going even through the tough times. Is there a job you would do job for free?

Keep in Mind What You're Good At

Maybe you don't feel that passionate about any specific career—or you love multiple areas and can't decide on just one. Then it's time to think about your personality and focus on the skills you have. "Don't do what you love. Do what you are."


Take a Test

Well, you say, what if you don't know what you're good at or even what you're interested in? Career assessment tests in college or even high school help narrow down a field, but if it's been a while since you took those tests, there are other kinds of assessment tests you can take.

Intern

If you have flexibility when it comes to salary, an internship could be a great way to test out an industry or type of career—and eventually get a full-time job (especially if you have no prior experience). Even if it doesn't turn into a job or you find out it's the wrong career for you, an internship can help build your network—from which you can get career and job advice. (Not all internships are just about running errands and being the office messengers. For example, Google internships, while hard to come by, put you to real work.)

Ask Other People

Ask people what they think of you. Be open to the opinions of people, be sure not to let this totally affect your decisions. Ask them what they think of the career choice you are about to make. Find a mentor who you could talk and could give you more insight on certain issues.



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3 comments:

  1. I really like this article. I cant wait for my clasmates to read it

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  2. Such an excellent career tips given here for students who are thinking, planning and worried for their career path. Thanks a lot for sharing career advice which is inspiring me

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