How often do we look at enterprising people like Richard Branson or Bill Gates and assume that they were immediately successful and wealthy, no doubt their achievements required great perseverance and effort, nevertheless career success is the entitlement of the average ordinary typical person and it is for this reason that you should spend the time and effort to study your own chosen career path.

It is all too often the case that we hear people complaining about their job but if you truly know your own personality you will find a job that suits you as an individual and will not be completely influenced by other factors.

Many young people will be swayed by money and want a career that will make them rich, or go into an area of employment where there is a gap or shortage; however, there are many issues to consider before deciding your true vocation.

For instance ask yourself:

  • Do you like working with people as part of a team or do you prefer to work alone.
  • Do you like working with older people for example caring for senior citizens or would you rather engage with young children.
  • Are you an outdoor person or do you favour technology and computers.
  • Location – do your prefer to work in a town or city.

There are endless deciding factors but job satisfaction is crucial because the happier you are in a position then there is more likelihood of you achieving long-term career success.

Regardless of whether you are a pupil, student, graduate or if indeed you have spent many years in the one job and want to change direction, take an assessment test, because you may not recognise your likes and dislikes until presented with certain questions.  It is relevant to bear in mind that not all tests are the same and you may want to take several analyses before finding out what area of employment you will be best suited.

The advantage of taking an assessment is to find out your strengths and weaknesses these are common interview questions, however, a computer print out will not present a clear career path.

Evaluate your talent:

  • Do you want to start your own business, find out what funding is available?
  • Consider in depth your skills and how you want to develop and progress.
  • Do you thrive on challenge and variety or are you a routine person and perhaps quite content performing the same role day in and day out.
  • Before applying for a job study the company’s culture and ask yourself will you fit in?
  • Salary, consider how important money is to you and research in detail how likely it will be that you will have the opportunity to get promotion, how much will you be earning in five years time and does your chosen career present financial prospects?

Network
Make use of connecting with other people, who may share your ideas and opinions of your dream job, you may find responses helpful because they will be valuable and real.  A computer print-out will give you some indication but there is no substitute for word of mouth recommendation and advice.

If you are a student and unsure about what direction to take, consider internships and career shadowing.  This will provide some insight as to the essential skills required and whether you will be suited to performing a similar role – but be focused about the particular person you want to shadow.