Since we were kids, all of us had an idea of the kind of careers we would like to choose. Sometimes they are just a fantasy which we know may not be practically possible but sometimes they are things that we are genuinely good at, which we like doing and hence want to make a career out of it. You might either be in the first category or the second, but fear not. There are plenty of people who do not know exactly what career they wish to select at an early age but end up excelling in the field they eventually choose. Making decisions for your career can be very stressful and scary so we bring to you some career advice which we think may be helpful for you.
Here are the top 5 career tips which can help you excel in the future:
Know Your Strengths
The most important thing to keep in mind while making a career decision is to understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Not everybody can be good at everything. Some children excel in arts whereas some excel in sciences. It is not necessary for you to be the master of all but you need to understand what you’re good at and what you enjoy. This need not be very specific, but can be broad as well. Also remember that the world is constantly evolving and opening up new avenues that were not possible earlier. For example, pursuing music was not encouraged a decade ago due to lack of opportunities however now an interest in music can lead to career opportunities in music production, sound recording, DJ-ing, sonic branding etc. Therefore, try and recognise what you are good at and what you like to do and try to build your career around that.
Combination of Studies and Co-Curricular
It is always helpful to have a balance of activities, sports and studies in school. While studies are obviously the most important and should be given high priority, it is equally important to enjoy some extra activities like arts, sports, theatre etc. This has two advantages which will be helpful for you in the future. The first advantage is that it helps build your personality and opens up avenues for new hobbies, people and experiences. Colleges and work areas place importance on your marks but they also look for well-rounded students who have a varied interest and opinions on thins. The second advantage is that you might stumble upon a hidden passion which can help form your career path. For example, you may have been planning to study management, but an interest in sports opens up the career of sports management as an option for you.
Work Towards Your Dream
If you have a fair idea of what field you want to enter, then begin working towards gaining some experience for it. This can include participating in projects, exhibitions, fairs etc. These kind of events always give a practical approach to the subject which can help in understanding it more. You could even join specialised summer camps such as a math camp or a space agency camp depending on your interest. For example, somebody who likes English and is considering journalism as a potential career option can work on the school newspaper or magazine and gain some experience from it. Even if you have not decided which field you want to get into, such activities will be helpful in making the decision.
Talk To Adults & Counsellors
School counsellors can often help in career advice and career guidance. They’ll be able to direct you towards specific career paths that might be suitable for you and will be able to provide more resource material as well. Another tip is to talk to as many adults as you want to try and understand the kind of careers that they are in and what guidance can they give you. This helps you gain a first-hand account of their experiences and knowledge which can help you with better decision making. For example, if you have a passion for geography and would eventually like to become a geography professor, then contacting a person with the same background at your local university can be beneficial.
Never Be Afraid Of Failure
While the adage ‘failure is the stepping stone to successes’ is a bit clichéd, it is also true. Do not be afraid of failing at certain points in your journey. Everyone faces failure at some stage and thus, what matters is, how you pick yourself up after that. Nothing is set in stone and circumstances, plans and goals may change whenever. Always keep a positive attitude and never put yourself down by comparing self to others. Have an open mind and a confident spirit and you will surely succeed.
Navigating your professional journey is going to be tough but these few career tips can go a long way in helping you with your future career plan. Remember to never hesitate asking for career advice from trusted adults and be sure to work towards your own path.