Career choices

Making Clever Career Choices

Ask any adult if they knew what they wanted to do for the rest of their life when they were 14 and they will tell you that they had no idea. Many adults will say they don’t even know the answer to that question now! Deciding what career you want when you are at school is basically an impossible wild guess for most of us,

When you are looking at your options for anything, not just career paths or jobs, don’t just take the first idea (or job offer) that comes along and let that define the rest of your life.

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Look around and explore all the options available to you. Experiment. If you are not sure what type of job you want or what you are interested in, then try different jobs before making a decision.

Ask friends and family if you can try working with them for a week to see what they do. Doing this will enable you to work out whether it is something you enjoy or feel passionate about. If you do not feel that it is something for you then move on and try other jobs and tasks.

As with any job, there is always more to it than first meets the eye and there may be something in the hidden detail that you find really enjoyable. This means that you should keep trying different things, even those that you initially feel you would not like.

How do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it!

This is exactly what Sean Aiken did in 2008 when he was a College Graduate.

He didn’t know what he wanted to do for a career so he decided to do 52 different jobs in 52 weeks. He could then decide which career he wanted to do.

In 2010, he published a book called, ‘The One-week Job Project’ and the project has now gone global. To find out more you can visit his website site here

You don’t have to physically work at every job. The internet is full of information about different career paths and jobs. Search the internet for ideas and details about jobs and work operations you think you are interested in.

There is so much information available for you to read, and so many videos you can watch. It is easy to get a good idea of what a job entails straight from your mobile phone or computer.

For most people, a career will be a major part of their life so you need to make sure that you do enough research to get it right.

Having said that, always remember that if, after spending some time in a job or career path you find that you have not got it right, you can still look around at other options and opportunities.

Don’t be like many people who find out that they are in the wrong job and just sit and suffer. You will recognize them as they are the ones giving lazy excuses to try to justify why they are still there such as;

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  • It’s close to home.
  • The pay is not bad.
  • It’s better than so-and-so’s job.
  • I get free coffee.

Don’t be like that. Don’t just sit there and ‘put up with it’. Look around at other opportunities. Start learning something new and get yourself out of that rut and back to life again.

If you are not sure what careers there are out there for you, you can look through Career Planners list of over 12,000 different possible careers for you to choose from HERE.

For those of you who are still undecided about which career choice to make The Balance Careers suggests the following 8 steps to help you decide:

  • Assess Yourself
  • Make a List of Occupations to Explore
  • Explore the Occupations on Your List
  • Create a “Short List”
  • Conduct Informational Interviews
  • Make Your Career Choice
  • Identify Your Goals
  • Write a Career Action Plan

Read the full article here ‘How to Make A Career Choice When You Are Undecided’ to find out more.

If you are still unsure of which career would best suit you then we suggest trying this Clever Career Test from which will help you if you are deciding on a career path or a possible career change.

Once you have decided on your Career, we suggest that you look at these Clever Articles written by our very own Clever Team to help you get ahead with applying and getting a job:

Finally, we have added Sean from’s TEDx speech ‘What Makes You Come Alive?’ below.

Good luck with your Clever Career Choices.

Author: CW

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