Last week we shared with you how to learn your interests to help you choose the best career path. But what do you do once you narrow that down and discovered your interests. How do you apply it to real life? Deciding what you are like and are good at is the hardest step. Translating it into a career is the easy part. Take action on the below steps to help find the best career path for you.
How to Apply Your Interests to Find the Best Career Path
1. Analyze your skills and decide how they translate into a job.
This seems obvious, but many people forget about their skills and focus too heavily on the idea of a successful career path. Stop, and allow yourself time to think about how your skills can translate into a job you will like and prosper in.
For example, if you are artistic how can you utilize those skills in a career setting? Think about the skills that drive your creativity. It means you are a problem solver, you think outside the box, and are (most likely) hands on. All those things can be applicable when job searching. Look for careers that allow you to use all three of those skills. Note, even if a creative job opportunity is not present, that you cannot utilize your skills. Understanding what drives your interests might result in finding new career paths you might not have considered.
2. Decide your ideal work environment.
Deciding your ideal work environment makes a huge difference when choosing a career path. A well known myth is that the ideal career is pursuing a corporate job. This may or not be true for you. Based on your personality test (take it here! https://laurennicoleco.com/journal/steps-to-discover-what-you-are-good-at-and-what-you-like) decide the importance your career will have on your overall happiness. Will you need a corporate job to feel success? Can you consider working for a small business or studio? Or, can you use your skills in a freelance career? These are all extremely important questions to answer when you are deciding what to do in life.
3. Find and apply for internships (if applicable).
When the opportunity presents itself, find as many internships as possible. Once you have put in the hard work of analyzing your skills and interests, and have decided what you think you would excel in, apply for internships that will give you hands on experience in your chosen field. Nothing is more valuable than getting first hand experience. You might find you love the job, or you might find you hate it. Holding an internship leaves you room to discover the pros and cons of a career path and teach you about jobs you might not know about.
4. Apply for a job even if you are not qualified.
When you find the perfect job and scroll to the qualifications and thinking to yourself, “I am not qualified for the job,” you are immediately taking away an opportunity you might have. Why should your qualifications stop you? Have confidence in the skills you do have, the experience you may have built, and apply for that career that sparks your interest. The employer might not have received any applications because everyone thought they did not meet the qualifications, or it can be an excellent foot in the door to another opportunity that was not posted.
Choosing your career path does not have to be difficult. Consider how you value your career and how you can utilize your interests and skills. Tell us, will you apply the above steps to help you choose your career path?
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