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Are you confused on what career to go for? - here is a step by step guide on how to choose a career.

It can be frustrating and demoralising when you still haven’t discovered what career you should pursue and what path you should take; especially more so when the people around you expect you to have it all figured out.

I’m going to share 4 things to consider when choosing a career , but before I do, here’s something I want you to remember:

You don’t have to have it all figured out right now.

Don’t pressure yourself. If your friends have already started their career paths and you’re still there, trying to figure things out, it’s okay. Don’t be too hard on yourself. However, do realise that if you really want to figure out what you want to do, you should exert the necessary effort.

Now, spending time pondering over these 4 factors will help lead you to the career that best suits you:

•Yourself. Yes, you have to examine yourself before anything else. Identify your strengths (the things you’re good at) and identify your weaknesses (the things you still need to improve on). Listing down your strengths will already give you a clue as to what line of work you should be doing. You should also take note of your soft skills , your interests , and your values . All of these will at least give you an idea of careers that you can take against those which are inappropriate for you.

•Your training and education. There are certain careers that require a certain level of training and education. The education and training required to become a doctor are definitely different from the education and training required to become an architect, or a lawyer, or a software engineer. Is your educational background enough for you to be accepted in the entry-level? If not, what other training do you need to undergo? Is that training program within your reach and means?

•Your research on the industry. Before you do this, you should already gather as much info about the fields you want to enter as much as you can. There are important details you need to know, such as the job description, required skills, and educational requirements. You can do this by searching up job ads as well as government - produced labour market information.

•What the promising careers or jobs are. Lastly, you should also acknowledge the fact that the technology we have today is fast progressing, and the things we do now may not be the same as what we will do in the next years. The same goes for the workforce. There will be jobs that will disappear, there will be jobs that will be modified, while there will be jobs that will be created. The smartest move for you will be to examine if the job/career you are eyeing will still be in demand in the next years

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