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Friday, 24 February 2017

5 Things To Do When Choosing Your Career Path


In late two thousand and sixteen, I had been handed what most would refer to as a 'predicament' - this predicament affected every aspect of my life; but most importantly my career. I finished my High School education by 2014, not knowing fully what it was I wanted to pursue, so I opted to follow in the footsteps of my Mum. I studied Health and Social Care for two years, worked as a Healthcare Assistant for a year and 6 months, but miraculously decided that I'd had enough of it and I quit - finito.

It's quite strange, I had assumed by now I'd have my shit somewhat together. I'm twenty years old - I should have landed my dream job, be driving a car and possibly looking at houses... but instead I'm sitting at home, binge-watching How I Met Your Mother.

It's safe to say that I've had quite a few set-backs over the years, but I'm thankful that I was given time off to think about what I want to pursue. In-fact I've been researching courses in Pharmaceutical Science, Photography and Digital Marketing, because these are subjects that I'm excited about.

So, I have compiled a list of 5 things to do when choosing your career path - who knows it might just help you regain some focus. 

-Take Opportunities: Finding out what it is you want to do with your life and what career you'd like to have, it's all an exciting prospect and the key to working it out is simply to try new things. Take opportunities when they arise, test them and learn, work out what you enjoy and what you don't - but most importantly learn from your experiences. The more opportunities you choose to embrace the more you'll learn, the more people you'll meet and the bigger your network will become... before you know it you'll have stumbled upon something that might feel just right.

-Embrace Your Passions: It's funny, I have quite a handful of passions and hobbies, but I would have never thought those passions could potentially stand as a career. For instance; blogging is one of those that has proven it's possible, if you love what you're doing... if you put in enough effort, you'll be surprised with the outcome. If you're not sure where to start, a good idea is to jot down some of your passions, figure out what it is you enjoy doing.

-Stop Overthinking: Don't we just love to over-analyse, over-worry, over everything... If you don't know what to do when you 'grow up' shall we say, don't worry about. Think about the here and now, live for the moment and stop worrying so much about the future (advice which I'm still trying to wrap my head around). Let's remember; what we love today we might hate tomorrow, so stop overthinking and over-analyzing every situation.

-Set Goals: Finding your perfect career or job should be as much about your actual life, as it is about your work. When it comes to working out what it is you want from life, or your working life shall we say... you need to think about the bigger picture (what brings you happiness?). Setting goals will help you focus and feel as though you are actually working towards something achievable. It doesn't necessarily have to be the answer, but setting small short term goals will help you discover what it is you want and more importantly make you feel as though it is possible.

-You Only Live Once: Typing this made me internally cringe, but for the purpose of this post I'm going to be one of those people. Stop fretting, enjoy yourself while you're here and focus on finding happiness. Remember what's most important is that you are in good health, you are happy and you are surrounded by those you love. If you don't know what you want to do, who cares? - no one really knows what they want, especially when life is so unpredictable.

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