7-Step Guide to Career Decision-Making

7-Step Guide to Career Decision-Making

If choosing a career was an easy task, fewer people will have low job satisfaction. While some are able to choose the right career at a very early stage in their adult lives, many struggle to figure it out for decades.  It is also noteworthy, that some may choose the right career and later decide to pursue a more fulfilling career path as time, interest, and situation changes. Highlighted below is a 7-step  guide to identifying the right career path at any stage in life.

1.)    Identify your strengths and weaknesses.

This should be the starting point in any career decision-making process; it involves critical and logical assessment of a person’s capabilities. This involves, identifying what classes excel in at school, what tasks you take on easily, what strong qualities you possess. Taking a personality test will also be beneficial at this point because it helps to analyze a person’s strengths and weaknesses. Great personality tests to consider are the Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myer’s Personality tests.  Click here to take  Jung’s Typology test

2.)    List your values and interests.

This includes your hobbies, values, interests and aspirations. These are things you enjoy doing or that appeals to the core of your being. Ask yourself the question, what I will be interested in doing without being forced or paid?

Categorizing strengths and interests helps to narrow down areas of focus. Also the results of the personality tests highlighted earlier in this article can be useful in categorizing strengths. Determine if you’re more creative, objective, technical, innovative, e.t.c. This helps to easily choose an area of focus.

4.)    Research Careers that match your interests and strengths.

At this stage, the categories identified in step 3 will be the framework for identifying the relevant careers. For example, a person who is creative can consider journalism, architecture, art, English, and many more career paths centered on creativity and must always keep strengths and interest in mind when deciding. Unfortunately, this is where a lot of people miss it when they consider either strength or interest and not both. Choosing a career path or college major based on strengths alone without interest in it leads to having an unfulfilling career and choosing based on interests alone without being strong in it leads to average or below average performance. However, there is a higher chance of being more successful in a career path that matches your abilities and strengths, thereby, leading to feeling more fulfilled in what you do. These four steps may be all a person does to choose the right career patch, however, taking the next two steps can make a significant difference in affirming choice made or re-visiting steps three and four again.

5.)    Find a mentor in that career field.

Getting guidance from a person already working in the field you are aspiring to be in will be very helpful in deciding on the actual career choice to pursue. Note that more than one choice can be identified in step 3, and it will be beneficial to research further in order to make the right decision. Prepare to ask your mentor series of questions that will be useful in your decision-making process.

6.)    Shadow in your field of interest

Sign up to observe people who already work in the field of interest to get that firsthand experience. There is a possibility of having a change of mind once you get to see how the work is done or it may just be the right motivation to affirm your decision.

7.)    Confirm your decision and proceed to pursue that career.

This is the time to set the ball in motion and get to work on that chosen career path. Give it all it takes in terms of time and resources. Attend classes, seminars, trainings, get certifications, and invest all that’s required to achieve this dream.

Conclusively, this 7-step guide to career decision-making helps to streamline the process to make clear and realistic career choice. There are also career advisors  who can be instrumental in this process. Choosing the right career based on your interests and strengths leads to having higher job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Related Posts:

Making the right Career Move. https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_73.htm

7 Questions to Ask Yourself  When Making a Difficult Career Decision. http://www.talentculture.com/7-questions-to-ask-yourself-when-making-a-difficult-career-decision/





About the Author
Funke Oladele is the founder of Beyond Africa Magazine. An Entrepreneur, Writer, Public Speaker, Health Professional, and Mentor who is passionate about success inspiration and helping people achieve the best version of themselves.

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