50 Things to Know about Choosing the Right Career: How You Can Live Happily with the Career You Choose

The Right Career


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

–Eleanor Roosevelt


1.  Think about What Interest You Most

When you are thinking about careers, you must start with something that attracts you most. The reason is simple: because you will devote most of your times and energy to perform tasks in the thing you do as a career. Do not choose a career only because you think the particular one is a trend in the market. Your career must be something you are committed to do for a long period of time.

2.  Think about Your Hobbies

Listing down all your habits can be a good start to determine the right career for you. Many people can actually make money from their hobbies. In addition, you will find it easier to commit into something that you truly love. However, not all hobbies can make you money. Sort out the hobbies based on their highest possibilities to support your career. Hobbies like travelling, writing, and painting often help people to start a career. However, hobbies like acting and singing need more efforts to finally be realized as a career (note that not all people with good voice are able to become singers).

3.  Think about Particular Lessons You Enjoy/Enjoyed Most

When you got confused to choose a particular career, refer back to particular school lessons that you enjoy or enjoyed. Most careers in this world are based on academic background. Those lessons will help you determine particular university majors you will enroll that will lead you to your future career. Those interested in science will likely to choose pure science or applied science majors (astronomy, medical, pharmacy, medical, etc.) and become specialists in their fields. So those who have strong passions in language, social studies, sports, arts, etc. can continue to take subjects under their interests or simply pursue careers in those fields.

4.  Think about Your Personalities

Personalities play important role in determining someone’s career. An introverted person may not be as successful as extroverted person in pursuing a career in sales and marketing unless she/he works a lot harder. Similarly, a “not-too-creative” person will be less suitable working in creative industries, such as in graphic designs, entertainments, publishing companies, or arts. One good tip is to list down all positive personalities you have and try to figure out careers that require those personalities to fit in. Remember that personality is not something that you can fake. Although you can gradually improve yourself, you need strong and persistent effort to do so. Please note that not all sloppy people are able to transform into well-organized people in just one night.

5. Think about Your Personal Values

Personal values are something you consider as important aspects in your life. For example, Alex was a fresh graduate of Mining Engineering faculty and he finally worked in a gigantic offshore oil company like what he had dreamt of. Although he was able to earn a lot of money, he couldn’t stand working away from people he loved to be with, including family, relatives, a girlfriend, and friends. Apparently, social life played an important value in Alex’s life.

Similarly, Jessica thought that she would be happy working at home as a freelance writer. But then, she found out that her earning fluctuated from month to month. Sometimes she had more, but sometimes she had less to cover all her needs. She got depressed and started to find a job in a publishing company that gave her more on financial stability. Therefore, take times to make a self-evaluation attempt in order to find out what personal values do you have.

6. Think about Your Dream Careers

Only few people in this world who know exactly what they want to pursue in their lives. Most people don’t have any idea about what they want to be in the future or have too many career dreams that they cannot decide which one to pursue. For you who do not know about where you want to land your dream should follow the tip from the beginning to the end to be able to figure out your passion. However, for the ones who have too many dreams, it is better to list down all your dreams and arrange them based on a self-analysis of your interests, hobbies, personalities, and personal values.

7. Think about Particular Skills You Are Expert in

Skills can be both associated or not associated to your academic backgrounds. For example, an ideal pharmacy student should not only have a set of drug and pharmacy-related skills, but also managerial, communication, planning, negotiation, and decision making skillsto become successful in the profession. Many people who devote themselves as researchers are expert in their fields and have outstanding abilities in exploration and even adventure.

8. Think about Your Positive Sides and Strengths

Focusing on your positive sides and strengths is a must. By knowing who you are, what your skills and expertise are, and what your strengths are can abundantly help you to map yourself, and finally map your position in the job-seeker markets. This step is a crucial movement that most likely will help you unlock the door of an uncertain future. Keep in mind that many successful people out there are among the most positive people in the world.

9. Think about Your Ability to Commit into One Field for Certain Working Hours

When you choose a particular career, you will commit most of your time, energy and other sources into the field. So, start to ask yourself this simple question: will you be willing to spend at least 8-10 hours every day to engage in one particular field? Think about a doctor or a nurse who will be willing to be called on a duty 24/7. Think also about a soldier who is sent into a battlefield for certain period of time. And don’t forget about a librarian who works in the same place every day in a quiet place with almost no meaningful social interaction.

10. Think about Your Financial Condition

Your financial situation is maybe not the most important thing to consider when choosing a career, but indeed it is important. Although there are many financial aids to help you pursuing your dream, not all people are lucky enough to get those supports. What a doctor should spend before she/he finally earns the benefit of becoming a doctor is maybe much bigger than what a teacher should spend before s/he


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