27 Jul

27 July 2023

Exploring a new career is exciting but can also be daunting. Typically, self-awareness must be carefully and thoroughly explored during career development. The crucial first step in choosing the ideal vocation is understanding who you are. It takes self-awareness skills to blend your principles and passions into a profession you love.

Finding a career that you are passionate about is just as vital as identifying your abilities and skills. Finding your strengths and talents might be a good place to start when developing a career. Remember that your abilities directly represent your expertise and competence, which you have acquired through practice and regular application. Start by reflecting, then list these experiences together with a list of the hobbies, preferences, and values you feel most accurately describe you.

This blog encourages young people to be proactive and conduct thorough research before deciding on a career path. You will always enjoy your work and perform at your best if you are happy and satisfied with your career.

Do your research

Learning about the labour market is an essential step in developing a career. It could be challenging to locate a career that helps you answer “What career should I choose?” without understanding the employment market. Due to the wide variety of options in the world of work, considering the potential of a new job might be intimidating.

Moreover, several risks are involved in pursuing a new career, including job competition. You may ask, “Am I likely to find a job right away, or it might take months or even years to get started?” Finding answers to these questions may help narrow down your choices and give you clarity in choosing the right fit for your career.

Explore the job market

While knowing “who you are” is an essential first step in developing a career strategy, you must also know the employment types offered in your chosen field. This will rely on several variables, such as how much planning you are prepared to do, where you want to live, how much money you want to make, and other aspects.

There are several methods to learn about a profession first-hand and gain experience. You may volunteer in a field that appeals to you. Many organizations provide internship opportunities, particularly for students who have completed Matric, early college, and university graduates. Consider doing an internship. Additionally, you can locate a mentor already working in your chosen field to help you understand the industry’s pros and cons. Each of these can assist you in determining which career you should choose.

Commit to a career path

Make a firm commitment to yourself after you have all the required knowledge to decide to pursue that road to completion. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and puzzled when so many options are accessible to you. You might even want to give up pursuing a new career when encountering obstacles. If you inform your close family and friends of your choice and start preparing yourself for that career, you will likely stick to your ambitions. The strength of accountability and the support of others may help you stay on course.

Even after deciding on a career path, you might still need to improve your self-awareness, professional skills, or communication abilities. Starting now will give you more time to develop mentally and emotionally before launching into the future.

N.B: You can get the “UASA Between Jobs” guidebook to help you navigate your career search and secure the ideal employment by contacting UASA Head Office and our service centers.

Ref: www.betterhelp.com                                                      www.uasa.co.za


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