Align Your Goals, Skills And Interests With Career Opportunities

In this dynamic market and environment, finding a career that suits us has become critical as well as difficult. (6 minutes read)

In today’s time, finding a career that suits you has become critical as well as difficult. Career planning, therefore, becomes essential than ever. Self-assessment forms the basis for career planning. To find a career path that suits you the most, you need to answer these questions:

  1. What do you like to do?
  2. What are you good at?
  3. What do you want to achieve in your life?

As hard it can get answering them, the moment you define these questions successfully, you will realise that you are able to know about your goals, skills and interests more clearly. Eventually, you can match these elements with career possibilities and the course you will require to pursue your goals with more grace and transcend in.

Therefore, it is important for you to explore various career options that interest you and understand the kind of work you will be doing in each.

Let us begin to understand how you can answer these questions more appropriately.

  1. Begin by outlining the skills you already have. You may be good at numbers or good at communicating with different people. You may possess an ability to take a logical and analytical approach towards solving problems or be an avid learner of new things.
  2. Accordingly, you can define your interests. Interests are things you are good at or anything that inspires you. Interests are activities like:
    1. Creating art
    2. Selling views, opinions, ideas to people, convincing them about your ideas
    3. Fixing things
    4. Working with numbers and more.
  3. Finally, you can explore and match these elements with career opportunities that are available.

For Example

  1. If you like to ‘work in teams, build things, do experiments and be creative’, this could show that you are a DOER and a CREATOR, you possess a more realistic and artistic approach in your life. Some career opportunities you could explore are Manufacturing, Information Technology, Architecture, Science, Technology, and Engineering and more.
  2. If you like to ‘read fiction, poetry or plays, influence or persuade people, sell things, be creative, like to word outdoors and help people’, these qualities shows that you like to work in situations where you can use your creativity and come up with new ideas. Additionally, you may also like to work with other people and enjoy being a leader. You particularly enjoy influencing, persuading and performing. Some career opportunities you could explore are Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, Business, Management and Administration, Finance and more.

Similarly, you can make a matrix of yourself based on your personality and explore options around you. As boring it may sound, trust us, it’s worth it.

Quoting famous journalist, Katharine Whitehorn, “Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it.”

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