Sunday, May 9, 2010

How To Choose The Right Career Path

Choosing the right career is very important. It is the most defining decision in our lives. The job you take not only determines the amount of money you will be earning but also the amenities you will be able to enjoy – such as what car you can afford, the house you are going to live in, and the comforts you can obtain for yourself, your family, and others around you.

The Dangers of Monotony

Most of us find our eight-to-ten-hour jobs very monotonous and tiring. We tend to simply complete our work like machines. The chances of making mistakes and experiencing a decline in performance also increase.

People who do not explore their real interests at an early age tend to get lost in a lifetime of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

Pursue Your Ambitions

In the pursuit of contentment, choosing the right career becomes a priority. However, this is not necessarily as easy as it seems. For one reason or another, most of us are not able to pursue our real ambitions. For example, in childhood most of us tend to dream of careers that parents, teachers, siblings, and friends suggest.

By the time we grow up and realize our real callings, it’s too late to start over. By this time, there are more demands on us. This is when we usually realize the importance of choosing the right career path.

Self Appraisal

Choosing the right career path is not all that difficult. You need to patiently conduct some self appraisal and think about what you want to accomplish in your life. A step-by-step review with the help of teachers will help you think about these things. Many colleges and junior colleges offer programs that help individuals make such life choices.

Call the career center at a college near you and tell them what you need. These services are government-supported and are usually available free of charge or at a minimal charge both to students and non-students.

These programs often open up new employment possibilities and new ways of thinking about careers. It’s better to conduct these searches before jumping into a career and it’s certainly better to accomplish this while you’re still young; however, even people who have been in the workforce for some time and are seeking to pursue new career paths can use these tools.

At the right time, with an understanding of your own capabilities and interests, and with the assistance of teachers and career counselors, you can choose a career path that will lead to a satisfying and productive life.

Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution’s Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.