The Best Handful of Tips 83 –
Choosing a Career
What interests you most? What are you good at? Let these be your main guidelines towards a successful and an enjoyable career.
Think about what you want to do for a career and make plans to achieve your ambition. Take charge of your life – become the person you would like to be.
People entering the workforce today need a good basic education and a variety of work and social experiences.
Five of the best tips to plan your career
What are you good at?
List the things you do best and enjoy doing most. What type of job would give you the most satisfaction and a satisfactory standard of living?
2. Seek advice
What is your ambition?
Get advice from successful people and career counsellors.
Seek mentors to help guide you on your way. Most successful people are only too pleased to help young people and to share their experiences with them. But you must have the courage and the confidence to ask them for their advice.
Get work experience
Before you decide on a career get as much work experience as possible in a variety of jobs. Take on holiday jobs, temporary jobs or volunteer jobs. You’ll learn a lot about people and occupations! All experiences are accumulative – they are never wasted.
Overcome your weaknesses
Identify your strengths and weaknesses and do things that build your confidence by taking on responsibilities.
Learn new skills to achieve your goals in life.
Be prepared to study to upgrade your qualifications. Qualifications are easy to carry around.
Learn new skills at a technical institute or a university, or become an apprentice to a skilled tradesperson.
If your ambition is to own your own business, work in a similar organisation or area to gain experience and save money for your venture.
Get your foot in the door
Make the most of any contacts you have to get started in an organisation where you would like to work. Research the organisation and make an appointment to see if any positions are becoming vacant.
Be prepared to take on a mundane or temporary jobs to get started and to demonstrate what you are capable of doing. The only job you start at the top is when you dig a hole.
Success requires hard work, training and discipline. If you can cope with these, opportunities are everywhere.
“Success comes when preparation meets opportunity.”
Source: No Job! What Now?, Moss Associates, Ltd, New Zealand and as an e-book from Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Sold on Amazon.com and VitaSource.