Are You On The Right Career Path?

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Most of us would have at some stage of our lives posed this question to ourselves and/or others – “are you on the right career path?” It is said that if you are on the right career path, you would:


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  • Always go the extra mile
  • Do things you love doing everyday
  • Be full of ideas
  • Feel on top of your game
  • Visualise yourself doing it for the rest of your life.
  • Rarely or never experience burnout

In a perfect world, this would be so, but how many of us get to live in that perfect world? How do we find that “Nirvana” of our working life?

False hope

Let me take you back to that moment, when you had just completed school and you were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about your future, and how your studies would help you to accomplish that future. Remember wanting to be a Graphic Designer, go into Sports Management, hone your talents by becoming an Arts major, etc. You were young, focused and would not hear any of the warnings from those older and, no doubt in your mind, jaded people in your life.

Fast forward to your varsity graduation day. You have achieved wonderfully and are ready to walk into your dream job - but the opportunities for that dream job are just not there. For months you send out your CV for anything that could even be remotely connected to the career path you have chosen. At the end of the day, you are faced with taking a clerical, sales or retail position which is miles away from your chosen path, merely to be able to earn a salary and jump onto the grind of working life.

New hope

This, however, does not have to be the end of your hopes and dreams. The key to being able to work in your chosen field can be found in the Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder), and venture capitalist Ben Casnocha’s framework. This framework encourages that we know and understand our assets and aspirations considering the market realities around our chosen field. What more can you do to give you that competitive advantage that will allow you to follow your dream career path?

Your job path should take your goals, future aspirations, and personality into consideration. You can choose the best starting position and make long-term strategic decisions by taking these aspects into account.

Self-reflection

Start with self-reflection by posing and responding to specific questions before deciding on a vocation. Your options get more focused when you actively reflect.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my career goals?
  • What are my guiding principles?
  • In my free time or on the job, what pursuits do I most relish?
  • What do I find interesting?
  • What are my aptitudes and strengths?
  • Do I want to pursue management positions or hone certain technical skills?

You can more effectively research potential career pathways once you have the answers to these and any other questions that are significant to you. It's also crucial to review your career objectives as you advance personally and
professionally to make sure they still reflect your interests and are attainable.

Steps you can take

Take the following actions as you plan your career path:

  • Specify your career objectives.
  • Produce five and ten-year plans.
  • Find out what personality type you are.
  • Examine your earlier experience
  • Examine employment criteria in relation to your education
  • Examine your present skill set
  • Keep a record of your interests
  • Determine your guiding principles.
  • Think about the compensation you require.
  • Describe your career objectives.

Remember that a career path is made up of the positions you have held as you advance in your profession. Your career path may have started with your very first job or with your college diploma, or degree for instance. You may advance or "move vertically" into more complex roles as you acquire new knowledge and abilities.

With the correct forethought and planning, you can become the master of your career path. There is always an opportunity to course correct and take a different path that is more in-line with your purpose. Good luck and enjoy the ride!

About Chartall Business College

Chartall Business College is an innovative and thoroughly modern provider of education and training. We use multiple modes of training delivery to enhance our course offering. We specialise in online learning and our goal is to create a
meaningful learning experience that is accessible to all.

We offer a wide range of online courses and qualifications – giving you the freedom to study at your own pace whilst receiving the necessary support needed to make your studies a success.

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