How to Figure out Which Career Is Best for Your Personality

Most people don’t like their jobs. Many find themselves choosing the wrong career path for all the wrong reasons. However, it’s never too late to make a positive change in your life. You don’t necessarily have to like the job you have. It’s really more a matter of not hating your job. It’s important to have a career that fulfills your needs in the way that suits you, as well as those who are dependent on you. Every individual has different personalities and quirks. We all have at least two or three things we’re really good at, and at least a few things we’re really bad at. Here are four tips for figuring out what career choices are best for you:

Take Personality Quizzes

There are dozens of companies and websites that make personality quizzes designed for career placement. You may have even taken one in high school. Although the Myers-Briggs test is probably the most well-known of these kinds of tests, there are many other options that you can also try. Don’t just take one quiz, either; take several different ones, and then compare their conclusions. You will be bound to notice consistencies amongst the results.

Create Realistic Expectations

We all wanted to be rock stars and astronauts when we were kids, but there comes a time in life when cold hard reality sets in, and we have to accept that very few people in this world ever achieve the career goals that children dream about. Yet, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom when you have a clear idea of what your talents are, and the things you enjoy doing that also happen to carry market value. If you like machines, consider perusing engineering or IT. If you prefer working with your hands, consider factory work, or fisheries technology.

Seek Professional Guidance

Aside from numerous online sources, there are also a lot of people who make a living off of helping others find the right kind of careers for them. Most states have government agencies that hire staff available for helping citizens who are seeking employment, or receive free training in various career fields—but if you don’t live in one of these states, there are other options. Career counseling is provided at all public universities and community colleges, and most temp agencies can be very helpful in landing people into full-time work that ends up being permanent once the company decides to hire them on.

Always Do Your Homework

Research jobs that are consistently high in demand, especially ones that can survive economic downturns, such as law enforcement, security, appliance and computer repair services, senior services, transportation, food production, medicine, or dental. Look up the average salaries of the job you’re considering in your state, and the projected growth of that job. But as you do your research, make sure that money isn’t the only reason you want this career. Police officers and nurses make great money and provide honorable services to society, but not everyone is equipped for the type of hours and stress that comes along with those career paths. Know yourself!

 At the end of the day, it’s important to follow your own instincts. It may be tempting to consult family members and friends, but most people who do this seem to end up regretting it. If you have to take your time, that’s okay. People for the most part seem to agree that eighteen is a little too young to get married, but not too young to make a lifelong career choice. Just like you probably shouldn’t marry the first person you date, you probably shouldn’t marry the first job opportunity that comes your way. Work in two or three different fields for a year or two each, if that’s what it takes to figure out what you want to do. It will diversify your skill set and make you even more employable for the job you really want in the future.

 

By: Hannah Whittenly

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Hannah / Freelance Writer
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