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career advice

Not everyone knows exactly what they want to do when they leave high school. Many people spend years in jobs they don’t enjoy before finally realising what it is they want to do for a career. So if you are one of these people and are struggling to decide what profession you want to be in, then follow these simple steps to help you choose the right career path for you.

Daily Role

The first thing you need to do when trying to choose the right career is to assess what you want from a job and what you want your daily tasks to be. Think through your past work experience and highlight the jobs you enjoyed and the responsibilities that you enjoyed taking on. If you don’t have much work experience look at internships you have completed to discover what you enjoy in a job. You should also look at your personal achievements and career portfolio to see where you have excelled in the work place. Do you like being under pressure in a busy office environment? Do you work better in a team? Do you like variety and thrive off multitasking? These are questions you should ask yourself to help you define what job and industry you are best suited to.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle is a big part of choosing a career to follow. You need to ensure that you enjoy the work you do, the hours you put in and the lifestyle it enables you to have. Sit down and assess your needs. Whether you are looking for a job that provides flexi-time, the ability to work from home or the opportunity to travel – assess exactly what you are looking for as this will help you narrow down your job search.

Progression

You may be looking for specific career progression opportunities. Perhaps you want to work in a management role. Perhaps you want to work towards director level. Whatever it is, you should note down your progression path as this will help you to narrow down an industry. Then spend time researching possible companies that you could progress with and the roles they are currently offering.

Salary

If you are fairly new to an industry then it can be hard to negotiate a salary because most employers will only offer higher salaries to candidates that have experience within their industry. However you still need to assess what salary you need to live on. Look at your monthly outgoings including rent, bills and living costs and calculate the lowest salary you can earn. This will give you a good figure to work from and will help you search for only the most relevant positions.

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