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How to Choose the Right Career

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Published on Sep 11, 2009

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With some effort, perseverance, and guidance, you'll be able to choose the right career for you.

Step 1: Figure out your interests
List your passions and interests. Do you like working with your hands or sitting at a desk? Working with numbers or managing money? Teaching or helping people? Selling or creating things?

Step 2: Identify strengths, skills, and talents
Identify your strengths, skills, and talents – things that come easily that you enjoy doing.

Tip
Don't let lack of skills limit your choices. You can always increase your knowledge and develop new skills.

Step 3: Make a list
List your personal preferences and needs. What is the lowest income that you will accept? Are you willing to commute or relocate? Can you go back to school for additional training?

Step 4: Take career and self-assessment tests
Get professional advice by taking career assessment tests and tests that evaluate your personality and temperament.

Tip
Some career assessment tests are free; others are available from a career counselor.

Step 5: Research the job market
Research the job market to learn about careers that match your interests and personality.

Tip
Check the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to Industries, found online or at the library.

Step 6: Get ready
Prepare to begin a new chapter in your life as you pursue a career that will make you happy and bring you satisfaction. Aim high!

Did You Know?
Vincent Van Gogh was a schoolmaster, a student priest missionary, and an art dealer before he became a painter.

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