In grade school, everyone asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most children will select a stellar occupation such as teacher, doctor or President. As a child grows up, those occupations ideals are transformed by the opportunities that are available when it comes time to graduate from high school. Depending upon their performance in high school and life experiences they have gained, high school seniors are usually unfocused about their career paths. Some will go to college while others will go directly into the workforce. Careers can be forced by the availability of the job market at that time. That does not mean you will be forced to continue in a career field that you do not like. You may also find that the career field you studied for is not what you thought it would be.
Identify what part of your career you enjoy:
One of the first steps for creating change in a career field is to identify what you do not like about your current job. A salesman may enjoy customer service but hate being on the road to make sales calls. Another person in the same position may enjoy the road trips but dislikes selling aspect of the business. When you identify what you do and do not like about the position, you can begin searching for a career that eliminates the bad part of your job and allows you to enjoy the upside of your career path. For example, the person who likes being on the road could study to get their commercial driver’s license and become a truck driver while the person who enjoys the sells aspect could look into a career field in the hospitality industry. You can use tools online to discover different career path options that are available to you and your interests.
Take Steps to Change Your Career:
Once you have identified a more palatable career field, you can take steps to change your career path. If you need more education, sign up for night and weekend classes. If you have the education, update your resume and start sending targeted proposal to companies you may be interested in working for.
Be Prepared to for a New Career Path after School:
When you graduate, keep your mind open to the opportunities available to you. Christine knew she wanted to help people. She thought nursing would be an ideal career path numerous job opportunities. She studied hard at school and graduated with a 4.0 and thought her career path clear. However, when she sent out applications and resumes, there was little response. She took the first job she could get which was working with an attorney to help people who were facing bankruptcy. Christine loves her job and is meeting her goal of helping people. Instead of helping people with their health, she is helping them to keep their homes. She is excelling in her position and has received two promotions within a few short months.
Use Your Hobbies to Find Your Career Path:
If you are thoroughly dissatisfied with your current career and there are no positives about it, take a look at your hobbies. There may be something you love to do that you can turn into a career. If you enjoy working with computers, consider a career path that focuses on computer usage. You can design websites or teach others how to program a spreadsheet. You can start as a bookkeeper for a company and become an office manager. If you also enjoy working with numbers, you can obtain a degree while you work to become an accountant.
Changing career paths is challenging. There will be a time of sacrifice. Keep an eye on your long term goal and work hard to conquer the steps to obtaining that goal. When you are stuck in a job you hate, it is tempting to quit, yet your family looks to you for food and a roof over their head. Your health and sanity are also tied to your happiness with your career path. It is a decision that no one can make but you. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
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