Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
Choosing a career direction can take place anytime in your life and may change several times before you settle on a chosen pursuit for your life’s work. To help you figure out what you want to do you can make a list of your life and work experiences while focusing on what made you happiest during those times.
Thinking about the type of people that you like to be around every day can help you determine the type of co-workers that you will most likely identify with when you are job searching for your career. This is important in that a job working with people you do not identify with can be a miserable job.
Life and work experiences along with the type of people that you wish to work with is the ground work for choosing a career direction that will lead you to your own definition of success. After all, how will you get somewhere if you do not know where you want to go in your career?
That being said lets move on to how you will achieve choosing a career direction. By outlining your skills and what you are good at along with your experience you should be able to determine a pattern over time that is consistent with a career goal that you have in mind.
Research the career and determine the qualifications that you will need to achieve the career goal. Can the qualifications be achieved through employment or an apprenticeship or is education require for the achievement? Begin to work toward the requirements for the chosen career.
Once you have decided on a career direction, upgrade your knowledge and skills to enhance your career development. Keep up with change by staying up to date with technology and the industry as well as other factors that are important to your professional development.
Knowledge is power so never stop learning. Keep up with what is going on in the world of employment and use knowledge to help you achieve success in your chosen career as well when you are job searching. Your future success is determined by you and your knowledge so never stop learning.