Career choices reflect who you are and what you love to do. Choosing the right career can make or break us. It can mean the difference between exciting challenging days and one long drag waiting for days off.
While money is certainly important (just ask anyone on minimum wage), deciding on a career because it pays well can be a nightmare.
How do you choose when you have no experience of actually doing the work? How do you know whether you might like bowling or painting if you have never done it? Many people spend years training and studying for a job only to find it doesn’t suit them.
By Peter Fisher
Career tests are amongst many different related tools that can help make the early part of your job-search manageable, and thus set you on a shorter path to your ultimate goals. Career tests are essential tools in opening up new possibilities and helping you to make important career decisions at key points in your life. Most of these tests are used to provide an indication of which jobs match your personality type and which will provide maximum job satisfaction.
By Paul Arinaga
“I used to feel depressed at work, hate my boss, and was sometimes so bored that I actually fell asleep at my desk!” — career test taker
If this sounds like you, then it’s probably time to consider changing jobs or careers. But before you can make your career change, you need to figure out what you want to do.
By John Groth
Many times college students, and individuals with years of working experience, decide on careers without critically examining their own impressions and understandings of a particular career. To often they rely on someone else’s attitude toward a specific career without finding out what is true and what is not.
By Lisa McGrimmon
Understanding how to make smart career choices is a life skill that everyone needs. The decisions you make about your career have a profound effect on every aspect of your life. The more good knowledge and resources you have to make informed decisions, the more control you’ll have over your career and your future.
By Lisa McGrimmon
A big part of making smart career choices and gaining control over your career lies in understanding yourself. That means having a good sense of how your personality, abilities, and values work together to impact the type of career that is ideal for you.
By Tom Olson
1. Differentiate yourself using a Personal Value Proposition. A PVP a description of how your unique mixture of five key elements creates and/or adds value for an organization and the people in it. A personal examination of these elements reminds you of all the strong, positive things you bring to the table and it points out the gaps you need to close before you can position yourself more effectively. Examine each element separately, combine all the data and created a succinct summary of what you have to offer.
The most important aspect of finding your dream job is to look for the job or career that is matched and compatible with your personality. This may sound relatively simple, however often we often don’t have a clue about what different careers really involve and too often people find themselves “ending up” in a career without ever having made a conscious choice to do so.
By Barbara Bowes
Whenever I meet new people, I am always curious to ask, “How did you get to where you are in your career?”
I always find the responses fascinating, but I didn’t realize how often this question actually creates some anxiety and puts people on the spot. In fact, I didn’t realize it until someone asked me the same question!
By Surajit Ray
The urban working class in India is generally a dissatisfied lot. Most graduates just out of college choose careers that do not suit their temperament at all. Career counselling is treated in a frivolous manner in most colleges and the end result is that the graduates come out none the wiser about their true talents. So why is this the case? What goes wrong in our system of education which makes possible these huge numbers of misfits?