In the modern world, the job market has become very competitive. Young people, therefore, need to plan their career life well in advance before they get into this market. Career planning is an intense process that requires both advice and extensive evaluation of one’s interests and abilities. To assist you in making the career path smoother, below are a few tips that will guide you in the journey;
1. Explore different careers
There are thousands of career opportunities outside there. You need to explore most of them as you ask yourself ‘what do I want to be.’ Remember, in a single field, there could be hundreds of career opportunities. Take, for instance, the medicine field, we have a Neuro-surgeon but under the job title, there are other subdivisions specialized for different brain conditions. Be sure of what you want to pursue. Explore the careers and narrow those down to a few that you can choose.
2. Understand your skills and interests
Your skills, interests, abilities, and talents should guide your career path. A given profession may be well paying, but your interests are not there. Don’t fall a victim of pursuing it. You will be in this career for many years, be sure to choose something that will give you satisfaction. Not in the monetary value, but in your heart desires.
3. Talk to your parents/guardian
You are likely to get confused in your career planning process when you decide to do it in isolation. Don’t suffer in silence; involve your guardians or parents. They have vast experience in the job market. Involve them in your choices. Tell them what you want to do. Allow them to tell you the pros and cons of your options. You surely need your parents to be part of your future and especially because they are the people who will be funding whichever career choices you make.
4. Be sure to have mentors
Career planning does not happen in a day. From elementary school, you already had your wish list of who you would like to be when you grow up. You have now grown up, and it is time to be sure of what you want to be. If your dream in the medicine field has not faded, I want to believe you know several people who are in the industry. It could be family members or just friends. Those should be your mentors. Approach them to let you know more about the venture. What do they like and dislike in the field? Is there job satisfaction in it? With this information, you can make the right choice of what to major in once you get to campus.
5. Get experience
After high school, most young people are over the legal age. It is the best time to have a taste of the field you want to be in your future. What do I mean? If your interest is in the medicine field as stated earlier, ask your parents to help you secure a vocational job in one of the hospitals. It does not matter what you will do there; you could be a cleaner or a messenger. What is important is, you will get first-hand information about the industry. Socialize with doctors and nurses there. Let them know that your interest lies there. At the end of your vocational job, trust me you will have learned a lot.
6. Consider the financing
How will you fund your higher education? Do you have a scholarship or sponsorship? If not who will fund it for you? You should be able to answer these questions before joining the University. You don’t want to have several semesters deferred all because you did not plan well in advance. Remember, depending on your career choice, the fees could be very high. Research the figures expected to be paid in various institutions long before you start your learning.
7. Application process
Once you consider the above 6 points, it is time to choose your school. In some cases, the government may automatically determine the universities for students. However, if you decide to get a private institution, visit different schools and assess what they have to offer. Get to understand the facilities they have, the courses they offer (be sure whatever you want is there), their fees structure and any other information you need to enquire. Once you are sure of the school that favors you, go ahead and make the application.