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Posted 12.02.18

How often do we look at enterprising people like Richard Branson or Bill Gates and assume that they were immediately successful and wealthy?

There’s no doubt that their achievements took a massive amount of effort. However, career success is the entitlement of everyone so you should absolutely put in time and effort to study your own chosen career path.

It’s all too often the case that we hear people complaining about their job. If you truly know your personality you will find a job that suits you, and while there are other factors to consider, it’s often easy to be swayed into a career without thinking about whether you’ll be happy working in that industry for the next fifty years.

A lot of us will be swayed by money and want a career that will make us rich, or see an opportunity in an area of employment where there is a gap or shortage; however, there are many issues to consider before deciding your true vocation.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you like working with people as part of a team or do you prefer to work alone?
  • Do you like working with older people, for example, caring for senior citizens or would you rather engage with young children?
  • Are you an outdoor person or do you favour technology and computers?
  • Do you prefer to work in a town or city?
  • What are you passionate about?

There are endless deciding factors but job satisfaction is crucial. The happier you are in a position, the more likely you’ll achieve long-term career success.

Regardless of whether you are a pupil, student, graduate or if indeed you have spent many years in the one job and want to change direction, take an assessment test, you may not recognise what you really want to do until presented with the right questions.

Remember that not all tests are the same and you may want to take several analyses before finding out where you’ll be best suited.

The advantage of taking an assessment is to find out your strengths and weaknesses these are common interview questions, however, a computer print out will not present a clear career path, but it’s a start.

Evaluate your talent:

  • Do you want to start your own business, find out what funding is available?
  • Take time to really consider your skills and how you want to develop and progress.
  • Do you thrive on challenge and variety or are you a routine person and perhaps quite content performing the same role day in and day out?
  • Before applying for a job study the company’s culture and ask yourself; will you fit in?
  • Salary. Consider how important money is to you and research in detail how likely it will be that you will have the opportunity to get a promotion, how much will you be earning in five years time and does your chosen career present financial prospects?

Network.

Make use of connecting with other people, who may share your ideas and opinions of your dream job, you may find responses helpful because they will be valuable and real. An online test will give you some indication but there is no substitute for word of mouth recommendation and advice.

If you are a student and unsure about what direction to take, consider internships and career shadowing. This will provide some insight as to the essential skills required and whether you will be suited to performing a similar role – but be focused on the particular person you want to shadow.

When all’s said and done, all you really need to think about is what will make you happy.

If you’ve still got questions about how to get into a particular industry, or want to make sure your CV will get you noticed – don’t be shy, give us a shout.

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