How to find the most appropriate career?
The classic question for the workforce who is just entering their productive age is, "What is the right career for me?" Is it true that a good career is a job that pays a lot of money? Or is a career a comfortable job to do?
Which should you pursue, big income or job satisfaction? The chart below might give you an idea of what kind of career you should pursue.
Find your favorite field
Start with what you can do 'good at'. Starting out in a job you're not very good at does allow you to practice, but it's unlikely that you'll be the best at it.
Instead of wasting time, it's better if you immediately switch to another field. After all, doing something that is not your field is not good for the work atmosphere. You will not be able to give all of your abilities to the fullest. Apart from yourself, your co-workers will also feel the consequences.
Even if you are good at a skill, never forget the field that you have always been interested in. The characteristic is, this field makes you always enthusiastic to work every day. Even though things always go up and down, you are even more enjoying working in this field. You feel challenged and tirelessly keep doing it every day.
The right career for you is a career that involves the field you are good at and the field you love. We can call the intersection of these two fields the career sweet spot. For example, maybe you are a marketing graduate and are an expert in marketing a product. But you've always had an affinity for art. There is something about art that makes you satisfied when you enjoy it.
Perhaps a suitable career lies in a field that combines the arts and marketing, such as advertising agency. Consider a career in sports science if you have a talent for science but have always liked the thrill of competition in sports.
“Follow your passion”, they answered when asked what career was the best. That's a great answer and everyone would love to hear it, but when applied to reality, passion turns complicated. It's time we asked, "Should I still pursue my passion?"
In fact, you can have a great passion for football without being a professional footballer, love art without being an artist, or understand and like politics without being a politician.
When you say “My passion is my job”, you are also indirectly saying that you are not interested in anything outside of work at all. Things that almost do not make sense considering the development of today's era.
In general, jobs in the world are classified into two branches:
Functional Fields (Services) such as, marketing, finance, design and so on.
Industrial sector (goods) including clothing retail, packaging products, hardware/software companies and so on.
However, there is often a fine line between the functional and industrial areas. This kind of separation makes you even more confused to find a career sweet spot. So how do you determine which field you are good at and what areas interest you, and then translate that information into functional and industrial frameworks? Follow these three steps:
It will take a lot of time and energy, but trying and learning from your mistakes is the best way to train yourself. If you feel interested in one thing, study it, take a course and read the book. Then see if you're still interested in it. If you think you're good at one area – try it: take an internship, volunteer, or join the community.
Maximize your efforts to try and experiment. You think you'll be good at writing code? Create a blog, learn coding here, and build a website. Don't ever think that you have to have a specific formal education to try different fields. With the help of the right resources, you can build anything even on a small scale.
Learn what their role is in their job, what makes them an expert in their field, and what to stay away from if you want to remain the best. How can they go down this career path? Take the time to chat with these experts, see what they think about what they like and what they hate.
Sometimes it can be very difficult to find “your field” so always ask for their opinion. Opinions are often interpreted as criticism but with the right mentality, any criticism, feedback, input or whatever it is called will help you do your best.
Say you're a big football fan, but you're not going to be a pro. Then what makes you love this sport so much? What is the competition? The strategy? The players? The pleasure of seeing a goal? That's how you see which career is right for you.
Find the triggers that excite you, that fuel your hunger for success. And also identify butchers who can trip you up in the middle of the road. Like to chat? Marketing might be right for you. Enjoy hanging out with people and learning about their needs? Consider a career in sales.
And most importantly, you have to be aware that things can change in an instant. Your interests will change and your skills will develop over time. Working hours and rich experience will deepen your knowledge of the potential that lies within you. The more you know yourself, the more stable you will be in making the right career choice.