Choosing A Career

Whether you are a teenager trying to deicide for the first time a career suitable for you or whether you are middle aged and have been in employment for years, choosing the right career is a major life determining decision.

Employment Facts and Figures
As the average person will spend (from 20yrs onwards) 71680 of waking hours over the next 40 years (based on waking at 7am and going to bed at 11pm), of this figure 35840 hours of that waking time will be spent at work ( based on a full time job 8 hours per day).
Which literally means that half of your life (from the age of 20 to 60yrs old) will be spent at work; if this is the case can you imagine working in a job you don’t like? Can you imagine working day after day feeling miserable and dissatisfied? So its extremely important (as you going to spend half of you life doing it) to choose the right career for you!

Factors Involved In Choosing A Career
When it comes to choosing a career there are not that many factors involved really, although societies place large demands on people about achieving success (mainly in the form of money and material things). There are only really three things to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect career for you, a career that will bring you happiness and fulfillment. Those three aspects are:

1. Listen to what you would like to do within you own heart.
2. Practicality – make a practical choice.
3. Action, Action, Action

1. Choosing A Heartfelt Career
Choosing a career based on what you would really like to do within your heart is not as easy as it seems. Generally a person faces all sorts of difficulties and challenges when they first try to follow their own heart. Family and peer pressure, societal pressure, you migt even have to challenge some of your own learned beliefs such as “work is meant to be hard” or “I can’t do that”.
Regardless of these interfering-factors, if you can manage to put them aside (however briefly) and ask yourself inside what it is YOU would really like to do and keep doing this regularly, eventually you will get a strong pull towards the type of career you would like to do and start receiving inspirational ideas coming into your mind. Write down several of the best ideas that come up that fill you with excitement and happiness at the thought of doing.

2. A Practical Career Choice
Once you have done the above then look at the practicality of your choices, its no good choosing to be a premiership football player if you are 58 years old, or a deep sea diver if you suffer from Asthma. However you can start to navigate through the list to drilling down to something that resembles your first choice and which is attainable for you. So you might not be able to be a deep sea diver, but you could operate a fishing boat, or you might not be able to be a premiership football player but you could open a shop selling football products or perhaps operating a booking agency for selling tickets to major football events.

3. Action Your Career into Being
Without action all you will have is the knowledge of what you want to do, you will be aware of the excitement of what doing your ideal job feels like, but without action that’s all you will have! Taking action is what sorts out the winners from the losers in life, lots of people think about what they would like to do but only a very few take action and make it happen.
As soon as you know what you would like to do and its a practical (based in reality) choice then start searching, straight away, all the ways your new career change happen for you. Make calls to companies/people already within that industry and ask for advice (they will be only too glad to help), search online using one of the many informative job search platforms, call your local careers office and arrange an appointment to discuss any help or advice they can offer, visit your local job centre and ask about how you can get help to achieve the career or job switch you want. Read about all the grants and benefits available for training in this new area.

Career Choice Summary
Getting rich quick, however appealing, can only provide instant gratification at being able upgrade your car, your house and buy more stuff! But it does not necessarily equate to happiness or fulfillment so don’t be fooled. Some of the happiest people on earth (the sort of happiness money cant buy) work in industries/services with low pay grades, but when they go to sleep at night they generally have a smile on their face a song in their heart!
Good Luck!