Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions a person will ever make. Unfortunately, many students make career choices without much career guidance. The importance of career guidance also holds true for students who are choosing a university and ultimately choosing their course.
There is help in receiving career guidance and career planning. One of the very best ways to begin is by taking on career interest inventory. There is no need to leave career guidance and career planning to chance.
The Career Lift off Interest Inventory is an excellent, effective and low cost way to identify your interests. You can also walk through a basic 3 step exercise on how to choose a career to help you identify your career interests.
By focusing your interests you will have a starting point that is uniquely about YOU and YOUR career choice. This is only the beginning of career planning and career guidance but a very important first step. With information about your interests, you can now explore a wide range of career options. The career focus is on you.
With information about your interests, you can develop a career plan. I suggest you involve others in your journey and tap into other career planning resources as you move forward. Career guidance is a lifelong process. By starting with an awareness of your personal interests, you can adjust your plan. Your course selection should not be based on a friend’s suggestion or a wild guess. They will be choices that make sense to you because you know who you are and where you are going. You should also build a positive attitude towards work now and put it to use in school. School is a good practice for work. Your study habits can become your work habits. You should make school count by improving your math, communication, creative thinking and decision-making skills. All employers now emphasize the importance of these basic skills in all jobs and professions. Here is a simple career inventory. Rate yourself from 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being outstanding performance.
•Initiative (finding things to do without being told)
•Willingness to learn
•Willingness to follow instructions
•Dependability (being there every day on time.)
•Enthusiasm (having positive energetic attitude)
•Ability to accept criticism
This list is by no means complete, feel free to add other qualities that you consider important. This is the maiden article in a series I intend to bring out in every edition and I hope I will be able to help you the reader make better informed career decisions. Until next time, so long.
Mukasa Sirajeh Katantazi is a motivational speaker, and Career advisor.