An article by contributor Dixie Somers.
Education is like the journey up and down the hill. The end of the other is the beginning of another. Along this journey, you are required to choose a clear career path. Choosing a career path is not easy. Many students have ended up miserable in life by choosing careers that they never had a passion in. Choosing a career path is a process and it requires various considerations including asking yourself a couple of questions. Here are some questions you ought to ask yourself before undertaking a career path:
What do you want to be?
If you do not know where you are going, every road will lead you there. A career is something you want to be for the rest of your life. It is, therefore, something you need to give a lot of thought before reaching a conclusion. What do you want to be in life? To help realize what you want to be, ask yourself on who your mentors and role models are. There are those people in society who you look up to and would like to be like them at one point in life. Do you want to be a doctor? Do you want to be a teacher? Do you want to be a lawyer? Before you enroll in a college like Independence University, it pays to think of this question so you can have an end result in mind.
Are you choosing this career to please someone?
Choosing a career path should be a personal initiative. No one should force you into it. Many students often end up choosing careers because their parents want them to. Some choose career paths basing on peer pressure. You should not choose a career to please someone. Your career is your life and you are the one will be affected and not the people you aim to please. Do not allow people to dictate who you should be in life. Seek wise counsel from them and let the decision lie solely with you.
Does the career you intend to choose give you room to follow your passion?
There are many students who choose careers that end up making them prisoners. Before choosing a career path, first identify your passion. Does the career path you intend to choose reflect your passion? Passion is what you like and love to do. If you choose a career that goes in line with what you like and love to do, you will be happy and productive in your career.
Do you like working with people?
There is no career that exists in a vacuum. Most careers will require you to work with other people. Career is about interactions with other people who share similar career values as you. If you are the kind of person who likes working alone, look for careers that that involve computers and machines. To choose a good career path, however, you must learn to work with others. Remember, if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go with others.
Is the career path you intend to pursue financially viable?
How much do you want to earn in future? Would you love a career that will be paying well? Nobody wants a career that will make him or her a pauper forever. Before choosing a career, look at the market trends. Look at the careers that are on offer and well paying. Although money should not be your primary concern when choosing a career path, it is a great determinant on how your life will be in future upon choosing the career.
Your career is your life. Do not be in a haste to choose something that will leave you miserable the rest of your life. Take your time, think about it, ask yourself the hard questions, and if possible, seek assistance from other people.
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. You can follower her on Twitter @DixieSomers.