Choosing a Career

Choosing a career is an important decision as you will probably spend a big part of your life at work. It’s worth doing some research and planning on finding a job that suits you and your skills. Depending upon where you are already in your career, you may already have a good idea of what interests you. There are a number of career tools and services available online to help you with developing ideas on a suitable job but there are other factors to consider when choosing a career. Here are a number of issues to think about in your career planning:

Salary – what will you be paid?

This can be a deciding factor for a lot of people as you have to think about your lifestyle and the impact of your expected salary. You may wish to pursue a job that you’re passionate about but pays a low salary, in this case you need to consider the impact of salary on your lifestyle or whether the job itself is more important. What is the earning potential of your chosen career? What do you need to earn? What financial commitments do you have? What leisure/lifestyle activities do you want to have and what are they likely to cost?

Working pattern – what suits you?

There are all different types of jobs out there that offer different working patterns such as flexible working, part-time, online, night shifts, job-shares as well as your traditional 9-5pm, Monday to Friday. You may need to think about what suits you and if relevant, what fits in with your family. When looking at different jobs, look at what the working pattern is, for example, most jobs in Retail will involve working at the weekends and during holiday periods – this is usually their busiest time. Do you have children or other commitments where flexible or part-time work may be a better choice for you? Could you do shift work? Not everyone is suited to working at night but some find it easier than others. Choosing the right working pattern can contribute towards greater job satisfaction.

Location – where will your job be?

Where do you want to work? Do you want to commute? Are you prepared to re-locate? Is there any opportunity for working from home (made easier with the use of Internet)? With increasing fuel prices, can you afford to travel a long distance to work? What opportunities are available if you are prepared to look outside of your local area? Location is a key criteria when searching for a job.

When you explore different careers that interest you and suit your skills, try to also think about the day-to-day business of travelling to work, what hours you will be working and what you’ll be paid. Although, these might sound like obvious considerations, they can impact on the satisfaction you get from a career.  Set aside some time for careful planning when choosing your career.

Choosing a Career
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