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How to choose the right career


To find the career that suits you the best, you must analyze yourself and find your skills. Not everyone one is good at everything hence the key factor in deciding your career is your talents.

Here are some guidelines which would help you find your talents.

1.Stop waiting for talents to appear : You can’t know if you’ve got a talent for guitar if you never try to play guitar. Find a talent that seems cool and learn everything you can about it. Find out what it takes and see what you’ve got. If you never try, you’ll never know. You’re not going to find a talent without trying. You can only find your natural abilities, skills, and talents when you test your mettle and actively seek new experiences. Face down obstacles and seek out challenges to see what innate skills and abilities you might be hiding.

2.Try things that are easy: What comes naturally to you? What do you do without thinking? What do you love? Look to your obsessions and your interests for the possibility of talent. Focus on the talents you do have by focusing on what comes easiest to you. If you’re in school, what homework comes most easily to you? What worries you the least? That might clue you in to natural talents.

3.Follow your obsessions: What are other people tired of hearing you talk about? What do you have to drag yourself away from? Use the things you’re obsessed with to discover abilities and talents that might be hiding under the surface.

4. What complements do you tend to ignore: All too often, we’re oblivious to our strengths. When you do something reflexively well, it’s easy to overlook it. Keep your ears open for compliments that you habitually dismiss, not to be coy, but because this thing feels as natural as breathing. It may even be you’ve heard a compliment so many times, you are sick of it! Why can’t people praise you for the thing you’ve worked really, really hard to do well?

The tendency to deflect compliments around what you do well is understandable, but over the course of your career, it will leave you trading at a discount to what you are really worth. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.” Don’t assume that just because something comes easily or seems obvious to you, it’s not rare and valuable to someone else.

Often after high school many people find themselves in dilemmas as they are unable to choose the right path forward. There are a plethora of choices and it is extremely difficult to choose one. Each of them may not suite you hence you need to chose the one that best augments your strengths.

After school young people can choose from the following:

1.Do an apprenticeship

2.Continue with further education and training either through vocational and technical education


4.Find work

5.Take a gap year and do community work and/or travel

6.Start a small business.

Vocational Education and Training is directly job related and competency based. These courses are good for people who like study that is practical and hands on hence an apt choice if you are a kinesthetic person

University: About 30 percent of students go direct to university from school. In considering university it is important to explore the university and course requirements including prerequisite Year 11 and 12 subjects. Young people need to consider the costs of university study and the costs of living, possibly away from home. They should also explore the opportunities for work after graduation. Hence choosing this option will depend on financial support and your academic strength.

Find work: A paid job brings an income, freedom and the chance to learn and do new things. Getting a first job is not always easy, and people often have to apply for a number of jobs before they are successful.

Take a gap year: Volunteer work is an excellent way to make a contribution to the community, experience new challenges and find out about the world of work. Information about volunteer experiences can be included on resumes and may help in finding paid employment. This may allow you to discover your talent and shape your future.

Starting a business: is an option to consider. Although experience and qualifications can be helpful in starting a business, they are not essential. There are a number of programs aimed at helping young people build their enterprise skills and develop innovative ideas. With a young mind and passion it will not be a surprise if you excel.

Remember to choose a career that you have a passion for. Hard work and passion are bound to reap success.

Sayandeep Biswas

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