What to Consider When Choosing a Career

The time will come when you’ll have to decide what you want to do in life. I know, it sucks. But you won’t be a worry free teen forever, so it’s best if you think about this now.

Now don’t panic. You still have plenty of time to do this, but I thought I’d share some ideas on what to consider when choosing a career, just to give you a head start.

There are several things to consider, but here are a few.

What Are Your Interests – What Do You Like/Love?

I mean, I don’t see the point in you making a career out of something you hate, right? So you should probably find something that you love or that at least peaks your interest.

Ask anyone who works a 9 to 5 if they love or even like what they do. Nine times out of ten you’ll get a no, if not a hell no. It’s rare these days to find someone who actually likes what they do.

You’ll want to try your best to avoid that situation. If you’re doing what you like, your job will go a lot smoother, you’ll be more efficient and you’ll probably get a lot of compliments for it.

How Much Money do You Want to Make?

Now money won’t buy you happiness, but it will pay the bills. So you need to think about the type of money you’d like to make and if the career you choose will provide that.

Now I’m not saying that you won’t become rich some time in the future because anything’s possible. However, I am saying that you need to be realistic when it comes to money.

Everyone wants to be rich, but you have to start somewhere. While you’re searching for a career that will make you happy, be sure that it’s a career that will keep you out of mom and dad’s basement.

Also, unless you work for a company or you have your own, playing video games all day doesn’t count as a career.

Where do You Want to Work?

Location is another aspect you’ll want to think about. Where would you like to work? Do you want to be close to home or do you not mind being farther away?

Are you suburbanite  or someone who likes the big cities? Do you mind traveling for your job? Figure out where you’d feel most comfortable and if you’d rather remain stationary, rather than traveling back and forth.

How Well Do You Deal With Stress?

There’s no doubt that work can definitely get you stressed out. There’s crazy co-workers, stubborn customers and more work than you think you can handle.

Pretty much anything can get you there. If you don’t handle stress well, than you may need to lean towards a career that has little of it.

Having too much on your plate can make you snap and you don’t want to get to that point. Deciding ahead of time which career path you’d want to take that’s stress free will save you a lot of headaches in the future.

Figure Out Your Career Path

Now that you have a few tips on what to consider when choosing a career, you should be able to make a better decision in the future on what you want to do.

I also want to mention that no career is set is stone. You can always change course if the first career path you choose isn’t for you. So what do you think you want to be? What’s your career?

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