Reshma passed out of Class 12 last year. Most of her close friends signed up for a Bachelors degree in Business and this is probably why Reshma enrolled for BBA. But one year down the line, she finds herself confused. The business subjects don’t interest her much and she hasn’t been doing very well at the course. She would like to switch to BA but is afraid that her parents would not approve. And what would everyone else think or say???

This is what happens when you choose a career without thinking. The path of your career begins to take shape as soon as you pass out of Class 10 or the matriculate examination. The subjects you choose for the next two years decide the choice of subjects in graduation and further on. Often, this is a choice that cannot be revocated without losing a couple of years. So it is really important that young students devote a lot of time, thought and effort into deciding their future.

How To Choose A Career? The choice of career may begin in early years, but it keeps changing with every new step and every decision you make in the formative years of your career. Hence, it is important to have a guideline that helps you in making the most important decisions of your life. Making a career choice will seem relatively simple after you go through the followings steps.

Self Assessment Choosing the direction of your working life begins with a clear assessment of your personality. Introspect and make notes about what your likes and dislikes are. Make a list of activities that excite and interest you, and a similar list of things that leave you bored and disinterested. What were your favourite subjects at school? Are you a person who likes to DO things? Or are you someone who likes to GET THINGS DONE? Are you FACTUAL or are you IMAGINATIVE/CREATIVE? These assessments of your personality will help you in deciding what career path would be most suited to your personality.

Find Opportunities Along with an assessment of your likes/dislikes, you need to know the opportunities in your preferred fields as well. This will involve a little research, which can easily be done online. For more information, meet with your college’s/school’s career counsellor. Speaking with an alumni or a working professional you know can also be helpful. The objective is to find out what to expect if you choose a certain field of study.

Decision Making After you have analyzed your own preferences and the various opportunities open to you, it is time to take a decision. Choose a field that you would like to be associated with for the rest of your life, and also offers lots of opportunities for growth and advancement. Take Action Having made your choice, now it is time to draw a career plan. If you need to get formal education/training in your choice of field, look for the best available courses. Draw a plan of career goals for the next 5 years, and one for the next 10 years. Give your career top priority and make all efforts that will help you in achieving your dreams and goals.

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