If you're thinking of changing jobs, or just fed up with your current role, then you may be thinking about a whole new career, but how do you know what career is right?
You will probably spend 50% of your waking life at work, so it's worth getting your career choice right.
Personality. There should be a good match between your personality and your chosen career. If your career is well-matched you'll have a fulfilling career. There are two main aspects to consider: whether the career and position offers you the opportunity to work in your preferences, and to what extent you will need, at times, to stretch outside your preferred style.
Motivation. Some people claim they are 'strongly motivated', others do not consider themselves motivated at all. The reality is that though we are all motivated at varying levels at different times, and this depends on emotion, personal circumstances, stress levels and carrying out tasks that we enjoy. If you choose a career which you enjoy, you stand the best chance of increasing your motivation levels through your job. Of course your emotion is difficult to control, but knowing about yourself will help, think about:
What gives you a "sense of achievement"
Unconscious motivation factors, (see models such as Maslow, Hertzberg or Firo)
Skills. You may need to retrain to take up a new career, or you may already have the experience. This is something you will have to consider when discussing which career to proceed with.
Values.Your personal values will have an impact on which type of roles you will be happy in. For example if your religion may mean you do not want to work in an industry involving alcohol, or your lifestyle may demand that you only work standard office hours. Think about:
The lifestyle you want
Your beliefs, religion or ethical guidelines you follow
The type of organization or people you want to work for
The product or service you want to contribute towards
Constraints. These might include:
Financial commitments or limitations
The geographical location where you can work
Physical disability or restriction
Your qualifications / education
Ambitions. Your long term aims and where you see yourself 20 years from today will affect your career choices now. Ask yourself:
How can you see your family life and relationships during that time – will you have children?
Do you want to stick with the same job until you retire, or do you expect to be changing repeatedly.
Do you intend to eventually work for yourself, or own your own business.
When do you intend to retire?
Opportunities. Establishing which career will be best for you can take some time, but an important consideration is what opportunities are available, after all there's no point retraining if there are no job opportunities in that sector.