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Things to consider when choosing a new career path

With every new season, there seems to be a rejuvenated feeling of self-improvement! Choosing a career might be one of the most difficult decisions you ever take and one which will impact your life the most, therefore you want to make sure that you will be happy with your decision, while also making a good living. Here are four things that you should consider when choosing a new career path.

What makes you happy

It may sound cliché, but the number one thing that you should consider when choosing a career is your happiness. Don’t be pressured into becoming something because you think it’s the right thing to do. Instead, pursue something you’re interested in! There are many paths that could make you happy so try exploring what does.

Skills

While passion is one of the most important factors when choosing a career, skills come second, as skills can be taught. Someone, who is passionate about something but doesn’t have the skills, can become so much better than someone who does have the skills, however, lacks passion. The first step to choosing a career is figuring out what your skills are. There are a number of online tests you can take, while also taking stock of yourself and your skills can give you some guidance.

Your lifestyle

As we grow older, our likes and dislikes change, but we rarely completely change our lifestyle choices. If you don’t like working out now, a career that requires you to be extremely fit may not be the perfect one for you. Similarly, if you’re allergic to certain foods or environments, the career that makes you travel a lot is probably a bad idea. Try to envision yourself in your daily life as a professional, and see if you can envision yourself living like that.

Career opportunities

It’s always a wise idea to consider the abundance of relevant career opportunities available in your chosen field. Highly competitive career fields or restrictive positions could leave you searching for an opening and unemployed for long periods of time. Consider whether there are career openings available to you in the area where you live, or if you may need to relocate to find the position you desire. Determine if relocating is an option for you, and if you have the resources to move to another city or country.

Your career has a big impact on your future. It can affect your identity, personal fulfillment, lifestyle, and income. Always ask yourself why you want to pursue a certain career as you evaluate which choice is right for you. Don’t let the opinions or expectations of others sway your decision. Ultimately, your career choice is solely yours.

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