“Successful careers do not just happen by accident, they are built”
Growing up as a child was tough because I was considered “intelligent” and so everyone thought that I should be in the medical profession. Specifically, they wanted me to be a doctor.
While they thought I should be a doctor, at an early age of 14, I had read most of my father’s sales books even though I never understood them. I was only fascinated by the concept of selling. Thinking back now, I really think I wanted to be a sales man.
We all have been through it. We wanted to practice a particular profession but everyone else thought we should be in another profession for whatever reasons. No one took time to study, understand and advice us on what to do in case we wanted a future in a particular career.
This is one of the things this article but most especially this blog will do for you. Apart from providing you with job opportunities, after all we are a the leading job portal, we will also be sharing the same career advice and interview tips we share at our monthly Employability Skills Training program.
This is because we are passionate about helping professionals discover and build successful careers. Picking the right career early in your professional life will help guard you from wasting precious time and make your career journey interesting.
Let’s get started.
What is A Career?
To get a better understanding of what a career is, we will look at two different definitions. The first definition is from the Oxford Dictionary and it defines a career as “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress”.
The other definition we will take from Wikipedia. Wikipedia defines career as a term “used to describe an occupation or a profession that usually involves special training or formal education”.
In a recent poll with more than 1,420 professionals, it was discovered that only 40% of respondents have never changed careers whereas 27% had changed careers once and 32% of respondents had changed careers twice or more.
Since a career is what you do for a significant part of your life, it is important that you not only choose ’wisely’ but also early enough.
Steps to Choosing a Career:
The first thing you need to do when picking a career is to find out everything about the career you want to get into. You need to know what it takes, how to get started, who are those who have been successful in it.
You want to conduct this research so that you can be sure that you have all it takes or that you probably understand all it will take to begin the journey.
Have you ever heard this saying “make your passion your career and you may never have to work one single day in your life time”. You have to love what you do. What are those things that excite or energize you? What are your strengths? What is that one thing you will do if money was not imperative? Now look for an opportunity where you can use your passion and make a living out of it.
- Try Internship:
You have conducted your research. You have identified your passion. What next? Try an internship. Internship is a great way to know if your pick of choice is actually what you want to do. Internship will help you test the career and industry, build network and expose you to everything you need to know about the industry.
- Network or get a mentor:
Once you have started your career journey, you need to get a mentor. A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviours. A mentor’s job is not to give you money (they might) but someone who advises you on what to do in various circumstance as you continue in your career.
Yes, you need to dare. You might not have all the answer right now. We seldom do. Sometimes you may begin to even wonder if you have made the right choice. This is where you need to dare and be determined. It is therefore proper and important that you follow the steps above and in the right order.
You might find out that a particular career is not just for you. It is never too late to start all over again. Remember, your career is what you want to do for the right of your life, not getting it right, is therefore not an option.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “it is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.