Choosing Your Career Path Based on Motivational Focus
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Eshna

Published on February 12, 2015


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  • Choosing a career that is right for you can be extremely tricky. Right from working professionals who are looking forward to advance in their career to someone who is suddenly out of a job, choosing the right career has always been hard. This is primarily because of the tough competition that exists in the current state of economy. However, the entire process of deciding the career can be made easier just by doing a thorough research and before deciding on your career path.
     
    It is needless to say how significant it is to make the right choice when it comes to choosing the career path. Earlier, adequate compensation, reasonably exciting perks and an office located at a commutable distance – these were the features that constituted a great job. However, of late, this might not complete the story of a great career. There is certainly more to it. If you do not feel passionate about what you do, then it is less likely for you to advance in your career.

     
    • What Are You Interested In?

    The most common slip up people do while choosing the career is to check “what is in demand” and “what pays well”, rather than “what is it that I am interested in doing”. This can only lead you to choose the wrong career path. It is better to follow your interest even though it is listed at the end of the top-paying job list. This is because when you chase your passion you tend to excel in it. When you excel in your job, money and fame will indeed follow you.
     
    • Have You Analyzed Your Qualities and Skills?

    While analyzing your qualities, pay detailed attention to the manner in which you respond to specific situations. Take time and evaluate yourself. Determine whether you are a person who wants perfection, how well you can handle pressure and even knowing whether you are a good manager or a good team player is crucial. The role of a manager in guiding a team is comparable to the role of a team player’s contribution for the success of any project. Never underestimate your abilities.
     
    • Have You Picked A Career as a Temporary Fix?

    Career transition becomes difficult, particularly after you spend significant amount of time in your first job. It is just not possible to let all the efforts that you have put in to go to waste. Furthermore, changing the career might not sound realistic if there are bills to be paid or a family to be supported. However, this is not the case for all; some of us can actually step back and gage our abilities and interests. Set a deadline to bring about the change. Picking up a job as a temporary fix can be hazardous for your career, as temporary positions become permanent in no time. After a point, this can get terrible as you would be entrapped in a job that you dislike.
     
    • Have You Thought About the Right Education?

    Education equips you with the strengths that are necessary for accomplishing your career objectives. If you are someone looking out for a change, the first question that you should ask yourself is whether you are well informed about it. In other words, having a relevant certification in the career you are planning to move ahead in, will certainly leave you with an advantage over the others.

     

    • Have You Picked A Career for the Sake of Perks?

    Not everybody is here to work for charity. We develop and acquire skills to carve a career that pays well and provides phenomenal growth. However, if you get into a job just for the sake of perks or convenient working hours, it means that you have just got into a job and certainly not a career. One can look out for considerable perks even in one’s career of choice. It is not necessary that chasing your interest can always get you struggling. Before you settle down with a job, jot down your interest as well as the perks and benefits and make a comparison. If you feel that the perks and benefits are worth pursuing then go for it.
     
    • Are You Promotion-Focused or Prevention-Focused?

    Face your fears and discover the real “you”. Determining whether you are a promotion-focused or prevention-focused individual is a very important step. A promotion-focused person comes up with creative ideas, works quickly, thinks abstractly and even takes risk. Whereas, a prevention-focused person always concentrates on completing the assigned responsibilities, planning and problem anticipation, has a better analytical approach and works slowly towards achieving goals and ambitions. Identifying your strengths can work wonders.
     

    Conclusion

    Considering a huge change in life has always been challenging. Changing the career is a process which cannot happen overnight. The chances of getting overwhelmed with several steps to bring about the change are very high. However, motivation and commitment can definitely get you where you want. Break down your goals and achieve them bit-by-bit. Picking up a job without a proper research can make you end up in a position much worse than before. Take time, volunteer and network before you make the choice. Taking good care of yourself by managing stress will increase your stamina and keep you ready for the big changes that follow.
     

     

    References

    http://www.helpguide.org/life/finding_career.htm
    http://lifehacker.com/choose-the-right-career-path-based-on-your-motivational-608818423
    http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2010/11/30/the-6-worst-ways-to-pick-a-career
    http://www.careergeekblog.com/2013/03/26/5-tips-to-choosing-the-best-career-path-for-you/
    http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2013/02/15/how-to-decide-on-a-career-even-if-you-dont-know-what-you-want/

About the Author

Eshna is a writer at Simplilearn. She has done Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is a Gold Medalist in the same. A voracious reader, she has penned several articles in leading national newspapers like TOI, HT and The Telegraph. She loves traveling and photography.


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