How to help young people choosing a career path

If you know a few young people that are trying to plan for their careers, you may notice that accomplishing this can be quite a task for them. They may have several ideas, but none of them can settle on an idea that makes sense to them. For example, they might consider going into a field such as Computer Science because they have an affinity for programming software, but they have realized that this might not be something they will want to do the rest of their lives. To determine what it is that they want to do, you can help support them in making their decisions by providing a little bit of insight. Here is a quick overview of how you will be able to help guide these young individuals choose their career path as if you are talking to them right now.

Create A List of Potential Careers

The first thing you will want to do is look at a potential list of careers that look to be promising. You can search the Internet for articles and blog posts that discuss this very topic. A few of the topics that will be recommended will include software programmer, scrum master, data engineer and program manager. Becoming a financial analyst, product manager, or choosing a career in either medicine, home health care or pharmacy could also be rewarding and profitable careers. Most of these jobs will pay you six figures, allowing you to live comfortably after choosing one of these career paths. Once you have a list of 10 or 20 potential careers, you then need to assess which ones you actually could see yourself doing on a long-term basis.

How to Make the Right Choice

You can make the right choice by asking yourself three questions. These questions are going to help you narrow in on what you would like to do. First, you need to ask yourself what you are passionate about. Consider the things that you like to do or people that you admire that are in certain careers or professions. Second, ask yourself what an actual dream job would look like. This is the proverbial job that you could see yourself doing and be completely happy. This would be a career that would not only be financially rewarding but would be a job that you would brag to friends and family about, and that you would personally feel proud to be a part of. Finally, and most importantly, you need to see how this is going to fit into your life right now. If the career path you are going to choose will require an education, this is an investment of 4 to 8 years of your life minimally so that you can qualify. If you currently have a family, then this will be a fundamentally important as you will need to be able to juggle both your family and career path at the same time. These three questions are usually what leads people into Entrepreneurship.

What You Must Do After Making Your Choice

Once you have made your choice, you need to forget about all of the other possible career objectives. You will need to dedicate yourself to finding out the exact fast track you need to be on to get into this career as soon as possible. If you do need to go to school to earn a degree to qualify for any of these positions, then that needs to be taken care of. You will need to find schools that can offer these degrees, plus you need also to see if this school is known for connecting graduates with careers once they have graduated. For example, if you are going into the medical profession, you will need to see statistics on how often graduates can find work with the career path they have chosen. The higher the success rate, the more likely it is that this will be the school you need to attend.

Final Thoughts on Choosing the Right Career

There is one final step to this process which is equally important. You need to notice how you feel once you have made this choice. The career path that you have chosen might attract you based upon the salary that you can earn, or the benefits that you may have as a result of working in this profession. However, if it still doesn’t feel right despite lining up in every other way, you might have to reevaluate your career options. If it doesn’t feel right, it is likely a feeling that will persist throughout your entire career which is something that may lead to regret. Therefore, if you do not have an overwhelmingly positive feeling after making your choice, re-evaluate your information again. You will eventually find a career path that is both lucrative and one that you can see yourself doing for many decades to come.

If you are a teacher wanting to help your students choose a career path, this basic outline should help them out. This shows them how they can narrow their focus on a singular career to follow and not waste their time on the others. It is quite uncommon for young people to know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their life, especially if they are just getting out of high school. However, by talking with them in the manner that was presented above, you will open their eyes to the many possibilities that they have before them. Always remember that your guidance may fall on deaf ears, but at least you have done your part. It is better to be supportive, but at the same time, you can provide them with these ideas on how to find the best career options.

About the Author

Since 2010, Jason Berkowitz has been making moves for the SEO industry in New York City. An advanced digital marketing specialist and CEO of two very successful marketing agencies, Break The Web & SEO Services New York, Jason utilizes out-of-the-norm strategies to provide tangible results online. You can connect with him through LinkedIn or through e-mail at: jason@seoservicesnewyork.org