How To Discover The Right Career Path For You
You may be at the start of your career journey, unaware of what opportunities are available to you. Or you may be a career changer who has reached the end of something, in search of something new and improved but don’t know where to begin. Regardless of what stage you’re at, we're here to help you discover 5 ways you can best utilise CareerEar’s digital platform to discover the right career path for you.
So where to start?
1. Make a list of what your skills/interests are 📝
Finding the right career path will require you to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve had previous employment, look at your past accomplishments in that job and use that as an indication of what you’re good at. You can also use it to evaluate any weaknesses so that you can choose a career path that plays to your strengths. You can use the Skills Assessment tool where a chatbot will take you through a series of scenarios so that you can get a better idea of your skills of the future.
Another option would be to ask people that are close to you, because who knows you better than your family and friends? Ask around and see which of your skills you can get help with uncovering.
Once you’re clear on your skills and interests you can also add them to your CareerEar profile so that you are notified when relevant opportunities are shared.
2. Explore the labour market 🔍
Not knowing how to find the right career path can sometimes come from not being aware of what options are available. The labour market is so vast that it can feel like an overload. Do some research into specific industries that you think will match your skills. For example, if persuasive writing is one of your skills you may want to look into sales and advertising.
If you need some assistance with this try out CareerEar’s Career Detector Tool. You can use this by entering the skills you want to explore, the tool will then provide you with a list of potential career options that match these skills. You can also click any suggestion from this list to see salary, typical working hours, day to day tasks and even if the role is at risk of automation. This will get you on the right track for finding the best career path for you as you’ll be aware of what careers are relevant to your skills.
3. Build your network 🗣️
Forming the right connections can help you on your journey to finding the right career path. You can do this by attending events (which are regularly posted on our platform) and meeting people in your chosen industry. To solidify relationships it’s also worth connecting with the people that you’ve met at these events on Linkedin or dropping them an email to follow up.
Perhaps you can schedule at least two career-related events every month so that you regularly get the chance to socialise with those who might be able to provide you with opportunities or put you in touch with someone that can.
4. Create goals for yourself 🎯
It’s hard to get to your desired destination without setting some goals..
These goals can be based around any research or discoveries that you’ve made. You may have seen that for a particular industry you need work experience. So one of your goals may be tailored around this.
Or you may want to work on polishing your CV, or improving your skill set for your dream job. No matter how big or small, you can use the platform to create goals for yourself. In fact, when you first sign up to CareerEar we’ll even suggest some goals for you to get you started.
5. Ask for advice 💬
Never be afraid to ask for help when you need it, there’s so many people in the industry with years of experience and knowledge that can help you along your path.
You may be wondering what qualifications or skills you need to work in a specific field, or you might have a general career-related query that you need advice on. Whatever it is you need help with, ask away by heading over to our community Q&A where a member of our community will provide you with an answer. Our community is made up of people working across a wide range of industries so there’s always someone on hand who can share their insights and experience.
Discovering the right career path is something that doesn't happen overnight, there's a lot of trial and error involved. For some it might not take long but for others it could take years before finding the perfect fit, and that’s fine too because everyone is at a different stage of their journey. So be patient with yourself and don’t give up because there’s something out there for everyone. If you need help on how to get started, use these suggestions to get you on your way to finding the best path for you.