Choosing a career path and deciding what to study is a daunting and difficult task. To decide which career to pursue soon after completing education remains one of the most arduous tasks known to mankind.
In today’s world, thankfully, there are many career paths and educational courses available to excel at them. But recognizing your skills, interests, and other important factors is a tough job for the students and for the parents involved.
As a career counselor, I am often asked by parents of young adults and students about the career choices they should adopt. Therefore, based on my extensive experience here is a brief write-up with 6 easy tips to decide a career path.
We all differ in our approach but here is my take on career guidance for O level/matric students
- Chalk down your 5 major interests
What interests you is actually an indicator of your unrecognized and untapped skills. Making a list of these can help you identify the right career path.
- Look for jobs that relate to those interests
This is a good way to see how monetarily beneficial your chosen career actually is. There are also various surveys and articles, which indicate the essential skills that are required in the next 10 years.
- Read job descriptions and see the qualifications and experience they require
While this may seem an unnecessary task at the moment, it can actually help you gain insight into your chosen career. Look up your dream job to see the number of years of experience and the qualification it requires. In order to land that dream career, the required qualifications are what you need to arm yourself with!
- Look for universities offering those qualifications
Once you have sorted out your preferred career choices, look for institutes that can equip you with those qualifications. Remember there can be more than one university that offers the courses you need to study. Start your research on institutions that offer courses/degrees which are aligned with your interests.
- Read program details and see what interests you more
While researching universities, pay special attention to program details. They outline major and minor electives and subjects that will be taught.
- Narrow down your list to 2 final interests
After going through various educational avenues and programs, narrow it down to a couple of final interests.
With these easy tips, you can choose which profession you prefer, look at the appropriate courses needed, draft a CV based on the job description, and try to achieve the milestones, step by step.
Written by: Mahwish Bhatti (Panel Expert)