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How to Choose a Career When You Can’t Decide

By Jamie Defoe

There are many pathways laid out before you. Thanks to technology and globalization, your options for a career path are quite endless. In fact, thanks to the advent of online courses and long distance learning, it’s now possible to learn previously inaccessible skills with ease.

No doubt, this realization excites you to no end: you can become who you want. Hold on! There’s a dilemma. What if you don’t know what you want to become? Then comes the realization that it’s difficult to choose when faced with more options.

At this stage, you feel anxiety since choosing the wrong career path can spell doom for you. No doubt, you find yourself reluctant to close the door on one career and subsequently jump from one career to another. Mind you, jumping from one career to another creates a sense of in satisfaction and depression. So, how can you avoid going down this gloomy road?

Well, that’s why we painstakingly researched to bring the solution to you. In this article, we will show you how to narrow your choices efficiently. More so, we will elaborate on how you can create the right career development plan with ease. So, are you ready to jump on this bandwagon? Wait a bit! Before we explore the theme of this article, it’s imperative to know why it’s difficult for you to choose a career path.

Why You Can’t Decide On a Career Path

Have you ever wondered why choosing a career path comes easily to some? Yes, this set of people find it easy to stick to a career path. On the other hand, those who experience difficulty in choosing a career path, often don’t know what they like. Let me explain: this set of people see every job opportunity as a possible career development path. They fail to look inwards to recognize who they truly are; their core interests and purpose.

There’s more: some already know their chosen career path, but they don’t know if it’s okay or not. As social animals, it’s often easy for you to become susceptible to other’s opinions and decisions. No doubt, this places you in direct conflict with your chosen career path. Now, we’ve ironed this out, let’s proceed on how to choose the right career path when it’s difficult to decide.

Choosing the Right Career Path

Wait! Before you read further, understand that choosing a career path comes with its own set of pain, obstacles, and challenges. So, ask yourself: am I willing to endure through the challenges and pain I might come across in this career development path? It’s alright to hate pain. You should, however, you will pass through trying circumstances before you excel in that chosen field. You have to be sure that you are willing to meet up with the trying demands in order to reap the benefits.

Make a List 

Why don’t we start with the most obvious rule of the game: make a list. List all the possible career paths open to you. Take note of even the vague career paths that have crossed your mind. The main idea behind this concept is to create an extensive list and gradually eliminate those that aren’t feasible. Once you’ve created this list, it’s time to consult a career guide list.

Consult a Career Guide List

Most people fantasize about a particular career path without having enough information about it. And that’s where the career guide comes in – you can get enough information about the careers you’ve listed. Using career guide lists will provide you roles, daily lives and job duties of the career professionals.

In fact, you will become disenchanted by some of the listed careers when you realize the efforts and difficulties involved. What’s more? You can also visit your school counselor for more information. Furthermore, meet with friends and acquaintances in the field you’re interested in. Ask questions on popular forums to get a personalized feel for the job. 

Now, Dig Deeper

Right now, you should have canceled more than a few career paths from your list. Now, it’s time to dig deeper; it’s time to go out into the field and talk to industry professionals. This step, no doubt, equips you with the latest and real-life challenges of a career path. More so, it aids you in marking your competitors.

For career development, ask individuals in the field about the intricacies of working in that niche. This piece of advice is also important to potential job seekers who aim to work in a particular firm. Take these industry professionals out to coffee or lunch and ask them on how best to jumpstart your career in that niche. 

Learn the Skills for Your Chosen Career Path

Once you’ve completed this, its time to learn and practice the skills for your chosen career path. Trust me, at this moment, you’ve already made a career choice. So, all you need to do is find the best way to learn the skill for this course.

Thankfully, technology has made it easier to learn skills online. Use online training tools like Udemy and Coursera to get you started on your chosen career path. Sometimes, it’s impossible to learn some of these skills online. Therefore, you can sign up with a local college or institution for a flexible learning process. 

Wrapping Up

Your career development path is now clear to you. No doubt, you’ve cleared away the side distractions and you’re now ready to take a decisive decision on what you need to do. Therefore, take advantage of the tips in this article, and get certified and improve your career! 

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Jamie Defoe
Jamie is a mother to 8 children and an avid cook. She enjoys theater from both the audience as well as being on stage. She has been writing stories ever since she could put pen to paper and still enjoys doing so today. She completed her ISACA Certification Course and now writes for Skill Build Training as a part-time writer.

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  1. “am I willing to endure through the challenges and pain I might come across in this career development path?” –> probably the most important thing when you need to choose a career.

  2. Great article Jamie! I remember having to write everything down with the pros and cons when I graduated from college because I had no idea what career path I wanted to follow. But luckily this gave me a much better idea of my future! I hope your article is able to benefit a lot of people!

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