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4 Considerations For Choosing A Career Path

Starting a first-time career or subsequent one can be a daunting process for anyone. That said, whether you are young or have been around the block a few times, you can more easily make the transition or start your new adventure when you have a good plan. Whether you’re dreaming of becoming a primary education teacher or a surgical nurse, there are specific educational requirements and skills needed to be successful. It might also help to consider what you’ve already studied and experienced before you choose a career path. Here are a few other things to think about as you navigate choosing the right career for you.

Consider Your Present and Future Dreams

When choosing a career, it’s helpful to think beyond what you want for the moment. Perhaps, you are just starting out and aren’t even married or have considered a family. If this is the case, you might only think about careers that are will take most of your time and energy to build. In contrast, a woman with a family would need to choose something that would allow her to still effectively raise her kids. Children can be demanding and do require a lot of attention and guidance. 

I recommend thinking about what your short and long-term goals are as you explore career options. It might also help to interview various women who are already working in the career you want. That way you can get a real idea of what the work will be and how much time it takes to be successful

How Long Will It Be Viable?

It is important to research the viability of the career path today and the prediction of its future momentum. Therefore, it is worthwhile to determine which of your interests are growing professions and which are on their way out. This information should be easily obtained from university counselors, business websites, financial experts, and those who analyze future business trends.

Does Salary Affect Your Choice?

Though you might think that everyone wants a career that pays the big bucks, some women aren’t motivated by money at all. This is something to carefully consider before you choose a career path. Jobs that pay well usually require long hours and many personal sacrifices. For example, a survey of 10,000 employees from 297 businesses in various sectors found that high-tech programmers work an average of 10.2 hours a day and almost 90% of them are in the office after 6:30 p.m. If you have kids, this might not be a viable choice for you at this time.

What Are Your Passions?

When you choose a career, consider your passions and how you want to feel when you’re working. If helping people is something that makes you happy, think about what specific tasks or types of groups interest you the most. You should be able to narrow things down if you have paid attention to how you feel doing certain things.

Even if you’re not really sure what would make you happy, you can always try various jobs by interning or volunteering until you find something that hits the bullseye. Additionally, your passions will change as you grow and experience new things along the way. Remember, you can make shifts and changes to the plan as you go.


About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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