Finding the Right Career Path

By  //  August 11, 2021

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Even relatively late in our lives, it can be daunting when you realize you haven’t settled on exactly how you want to spend the rest of it. That’s why it’s never too late to find the right career. But finding the right career path can be both a scary and exciting process. 

Don’t just go for what pays the most

The saying goes that if you always aim for something you enjoy then you’ll never work a day in your life. While this might be an idealistic concept, there is certainly an element of truth to it.

Whilst most people think that the job that pays the most is always going to be the best fit, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t just look at the average salaries and settle on the highest; look into the other benefits that each potential career path offers.

Focus on what’s important

You’re not expected to map out every aspect out of your life and even if you did you could never be expected to follow it to the letter. But it is key to highlight what’s important to you. Of course, salary is important but think about what else you value in a profession. Select a career that is in line with your values and expectations, otherwise, you’ll just be sowing seeds of resentment that will blossom further down the further.

Do you research

Do some thorough research and see what opportunities are available out there. Are there different shift patterns available for certain roles? What skills do you need for certain areas of the profession? And what you might need to work on if you’ve settled on a career you really want but you feel you’re “not quite there” yet? Think about focusing on building on the skills you need and looking into exactly what this career path could offer you in the present and future. For instance, if you are considering a career in nursing, you should research the different qualifications, nursing study materials and certifications you need, the shift patterns available, and the potential salary range. Doing so gives you a clearer picture of the path ahead and whether it’s suitable for you to pursue.

Training and education

It’s not just skills you might need for certain career paths but the right training and education to prove you know your onions. You can enhance your skills through networking (online and offline) and taking courses. It’s worth noting that there are interim management solutions available if you are looking for a less permanent role. Perfect for nomadic souls.

Ultimately, it’s more important than anything else that the career you choose fits your expectations. Try and do some volunteer work, internships and apprenticeships to gain experience and get a taste of the job role. Because you might find that it’s not for you and it’s better you do that at the start of your journey than at the end of it! And if things don’t go to plan don’t worry. You might find you’re better at something else along the way. It’s all a learning experience, after all.