You’re about to finish high school and now you’ve probably been facing the question “so what do you want to do with the rest of your life“, for a while now. First things first, it’s completely okay to not know what you want to do right now. You should never be pressurised into making a decision about your future in a time limit because it is your future after all.
So how do you decide what you will be spending the rest of your life doing?
If You Didn’t Need To Work What Would You Do?
The answer to that question will start to lead you on the path to a career choice. As an example, I love playing video games, if I didn’t need to work ever again I would love nothing more than to spend my days playing video games. Unfortunately, playing video games wouldn’t be a viable career but something related to that might interest me such as Animation or Programming. The trick here is to open your mind and explore different ways in which you could be involved in something you love.
You can also turn your hobbies into a career. If you love drawing and spending your time on Facebook then you could consider a career in Graphic Design or an Online Community Manager.
Have You Got Them Skills?
“But I don’t have any skills”
Everybody has a skill of some kind and it can be quite simple to turn those skills into a career with the right guidance. Look at your schooling career and see what subjects you’ve done really well in. Is Consumer Studies your baby? Have you perhaps considered a career as a chef or opening your guesthouse or catering business? All of these options come from just one skill.
Be sure to think about the type of person you are as well. If you’re extrovert you will flourish in a career that has you dealing with other people such as Sales. There is a career for every personality type, you just need to find the one that fits you.
Plan it out
You can’t build a house without an architect and just like a house you can’t build your future without a plan. Think about things like how much money you want to make at a specific age, what sort of education you will need, what area or country you need to be in and most importantly what the current demand is in that particular career. This is very important as a career that is currently in high demand may or may not be in as high a demand in 5 years time.
You then need to be prepared for the long haul. I can absolutely guarantee you that you will not get the job you dream of after going through tertiary education. Just like Drake you have to start at the bottom, and it sucks but everybody starts there. Some good advice is to try and start out in a company where you can grow organically. What this means is you can start out by getting the boss coffee and prove yourself as your stay at the company lengthens.
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