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How to Know if You're Meant for the Career You're In

A Few Questions to Ask Yourself

28Apr

Career choices begin long before a student leaves elementary school. Curriculum choices in high school are the preparation stages for a solid career upon graduation from college. There is actually very little difference between careers and vocations. Both of these choices require commitment, growth and goal orientation.

Along the educational path, guidance counselors offer suggestions for career choices based on grade levels achieved through regular tests and exams. The work a guidance counselor performs is not unlike the work a recognition company will perform to keep them engaged as an employee in the future when they are in a career. The guidance counselor is simply getting engaging them early on before the career is actually theirs. With a college degree in hand, the entry-level job applicant approaches their initial career by landing a job that fits their educational design and achievements. Some individuals may be surprised that there is more to career choices than education. In essence, choosing a career is also based on natural inclinations and psychological patterns of each individual's character. These factors reveal themselves at mid-point in most careers.

How to Know if You Chose the Right Career

There are several questions employees should ask themselves in order to see if they've chosen the right career. When asking these questions, it's important to delve deeply into the natural inclinations of likes and dislikes to uncover the most astute values and principles that affect career choices. These questions include:

1. Does distance affect your decision about a job?

2. Do you prefer working in a team or alone?

3. What are the most important qualities you offer an employee?

4. Which is more important, a paycheck or advancement?

5. Where do you see your career in the next decade?

Important Employer Interview Questions

During an interview, employers try to determine the qualifications of job applicants for openings. There are several important questions to ask. These can help identify the job applicant's qualifications quickly, these include:

1. What is your track record of accomplishments in your most recent position?

2. Can you accept responsibility and accountability in the workplace?

3. Can you describe your ability to resolve issues that occur without prior warning?

4. How much do you know about this company?

5. How and where do you feel you can best serve the company's interests?

6. What are your future goals as an employee of the company?

Many businesses today prefer to provide a predesigned, computerized test rather than a hard copy application. The careerist should be well acquainted with this type of job application. It can be the first clue to determine career success, should you be hired. It may also highlight skills and experience needed in the future to advance your career choice.

Career Burnout - It Happens to the Best Employees

What many entry level careerists don't consider is the longevity of their chosen profession. For example, if you choose a career in accounting, you will always be working with numbers in data entry, management reporting and auditing of accounting procedures and systems. Try to imagine the direction this career will take in 15 or more years. Then try to imagine how you can creatively advance in your career choice so that every five years there is a clear path of advancement.

Career burn out happens to the best employees not because their career is necessarily the wrong one. Burn out happens because employees have not adequately planned and designed their career path for the long term.

Keep Your 'Me' File

No matter which career you choose, always keep a 'Me' file. This is formal proof of your career interests and job longevity and highlights your achievements. To this file add customer or employer commendations and employee recognition awards you have received for meritorious achievements. There are many online tests that help discern your personality and characteristics and match them to a career choice.

All-in-all, consider these questions when thinking about future career moves and potential jobs. 

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