Top 6 Tips - Finding Your Ideal Career (Part 1)

17/03/2014

Are you new to the job market? Have you reached a dead end in your current career? Or have you had a sudden realisation that the career you chose in your  younger years isn't really you? 
Whatever your reasons for jobseeking, the  toughest part is working out where to begin. 
Before you can begin searching for a long term, potentially satisfying career path, you must  first discover which careers will interest you and challenge you whilst being a good match for your abilities. These six top tips for finding your ideal career will help you on your journey - by ensuring you pursue the most suitable jobs opportunities.

Know what you enjoy!
Knowing exactly what interests and motivates you in your recreational time is a crucial step in finding the right career. Whether your learn that the endless fashion knowledge you gained from spending every Monday night reading Vogue sparks journalism aspirations, or that kitchen redecoration last summer demonstrated you would now love to be a decorator… The link below will help you narrow down your options through the discovery of patterns within your answers. 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2013/11/01/9-questions-thatll-help-you-find-your-dream-career/ 
         
Create your “Personal Job Advertisement”
Imagine that job sites and newspapers didn't advertise jobs, but jobseekers instead. The ingenious idea to create an advertisement of “you” forces you to summarise your qualities, interests and requirements from a job into half a page of writing, giving sometimes eye-opening results. After writing your advertisement send it to 10 friends in different career fields asking each to suggest three different job titles for you, leaving you with a list of around 30 possible careers, some of which you may have never considered previously. Research any of the careers that interest you, you may be surprised by how many new doors open!
http://careers.theguardian.com/careers-blog/find-your-ideal-career 

Take the “Career Choice Quiz”
Taking a quiz to discover your most suitable career is one of the most common methods used on the internet, but finding a reliable and accurate quiz is often harder than you may at first imagine. This quiz consists of 68 questions to test four 'pairs of preferences.' At the end of the quiz you receive a four letter code based on which of the pairs you matched a higher percentage to, and each code has a suggested career type. For example the code ENFP is 'The Journalist' with their skills being included as 'advertising, acting, sales and politics' – go get your code….
http://www.careertest.net/


Youtube's "Career Planner" has some great additional material for you....
 

Look out for Part 2 in the next few days where we will share the other 3 Top Tips

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