year at graduation time, millions of seniors are asking this perennial
question: How can I pick the right career and avoid making all the
mistakes my parents made? Here are ten tips from success expert
- Stop listening to your college advisers, family, and friends.
They have an agenda based on their own experience and prejudices.
Only you have your own interest at heart.
- Make an inventory of your strengths. What are the things
you enjoy doing? Use your abilities and talents as the basis for
creating an interesting, rewarding career.
- Make a list of all the jobs that could make use of your
skill set. Do research on job categories to determine if there
is something you may have overlooked.
- Make a list of all the jobs you ever thought would be fun.
Cut loose and be as imaginative as you want. You may not even
have heard of the career that is right for you. Maybe it doesn't
exist yet you might have to create it.
- Visualize the kind of job you would jump out of bed for.
The human mind works with images much like a movie does. See yourself
actually performing in various careers.
- Interview people in the jobs from #3, #4, and #5. A
career looks different in reality than it does on paper. You need
to determine if the reality corresponds to the image in your mind.
- Find out if you can intern in any of those jobs. You
can eliminate a lot of heartache by trying a prospective career
on for size before you make a full commitment.
- Be flexible and open to change. Don't assume that your
first job will be the right one. The right career may be lurking
out there somewhere; your current job may be a stepping-stone.
- Don't be afraid to fail. Failure is the catalyst for
success. Except for Mozart and Picasso, every successful person
had to fail at least once before they found their true calling.
- Surround yourself with people who want you to be happy.
They will support you when you have doubts about the rightness
of your career quest.
Ed Brodow is a motivational speaker, negotiation expert, and author
of Beating the Success Trap: Negotiating Your Own Path to Success. If you wish to reprint this article in your publication,
please contact Ed for permission at firstname.lastname@example.org.