Deciding on a career can be a big decision and one people can often get wrong and it can be difficult no matter what age you are.

There have been many stories about people choosing the wrong job and working for years at it, leading to total discontentment and a very unhappy life. It takes courage to change direction if you have made the wrong choice.

Chair and CEO of Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, Howard Schulz said: “There will always be people who tell you that what you are aspiring to can’t be done, or that you are aiming too high. The greatest strength you have is your core purpose about what you want to do, and how you want to live and define your life.”

There are so many choices, but what is most important is how well you know yourself and what is your ultimate goal.

Ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do you value? Money is not a value – what about health, friendship, trust?
  • Do you like working outdoors or at a desk?
  • What are your interests, what do you enjoy doing?
  • Have you any soft skills, such as being a good communicator, working well with other people, having a good work ethic/attitude, flexible, adaptable?
  • Do you like working by yourself?
  • What is your personality type, are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  • What motivates you?
  • Once you have answered those questions honestly, you should have some idea of your likes and dislikes. Some people go to a career counsellor to get help with deciding on a career.

    Choosing a career should somewhat reflect what you are about and your core values. But, most importantly, if it’s the right career choice for you, it should give you job satisfaction.

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