Tip 1: How to choose a profession
Take a sheet of paper and mentally divide it into two parts. In the first column write down the school subjects that don't cause you trouble, activities that give you pleasure, and also your existing hobby. In the second column, respectively, make a note of those items that gives you with difficulty, and also the most disliked responsibilities.
Use the table making a list of suitable professions. If the profession related to the implementation listed in the first column of action or the study of these disciplines there, most likely it would suit you. If most of the time have to do what is in the second column, hardly the kind of profession you will like.
Walk a few vocational tests. You can find them on the Internet. Furthermore, often test for career guidance may conduct and the school psychologist. These tests measure your tendencies and features of character, interests and abilities. As a rule, after passing the test and evaluating your answers, you will learn what type of professions you like the most: "man-technology", "people-person", "man-nature", "man-sign system", "man-artistic image".
Write down or remember the profession that are of this type, and then evaluate each of them, deleting the ones that for whatever reasons do not suit you. First of all, think whether you are ready to accept working conditions that may involve this profession: long working hours, travel, hard physical labor, working outside under different weather conditions, the need to communicate with a large number of people, etc.
Examine the demand for specialists of this profession in the labour market and the availability of appropriate education. If your city cannot obtain an education in this profession or there is no demand for specialists in this field, you have to be ready to move to another city and possibly another country. Rate as your willingness to relocate, and material resources to implement it. In addition, keep in mind that education usually takes several years, during which time the situation on the labour market may change dramatically.
Find out what is the level of salaries of specialists of this profile. To do this, read the reviews from sociological or recruitment agencies or register on the major portal for job search. Keep in mind that pay levels can vary significantly even in neighboring regions or cities.
To get a list of the most, in your opinion, suitable professions, consult with parents and family. First, they know you and your features, and secondly, having more life experience, parents can tell you about the "pitfalls" of a particular profession. However it is not necessary to rely entirely on the opinions of others. When choosing a profession, need to make a decision on their own.
Look for opportunities to learn more about their chosen profession. Ask friends who work in this area, arrange at least for a time, assistant or assistant to the representative of the chosen profession. While studying at the University, looking for a part time job related to your future specialty.
There are situations when a favorite, it would seem that the case does not bring what was expected. The lack of income, inability of self-realization, low demand in the labor market – all of these reasons can prompt a person to change the scope of activities. And although they say never too late to learn, not all decide to radically change.
Why do people change their profession?
Many people go to University or to a degree, not because I feel his passion and vocation, and at the insistence of parents, guided by stereotypes about the prestige of the profession, and even just based on a passing score. If a person is lucky, like the chosen specialty, gives you the opportunity to grow their careers and brings a lot of money. But what about those who are not interested in the work in accordance with the diploma?
In a relatively young age it is quite solvable problem, as finding your place in life – a typical phenomenon for young professionals. But those who are already over 30, the changes can seem a daunting task. It means giving up prospects for current work, the need to re-learn to start a career with a low position, to change the established habits and social circle. Besides, not all people are willing to work with young colleagues, without any complexes about his age. However, there are many examples of how people find "their" profession and at a later age.
How to change the scope of activities?
If you are thinking about changing spheres of activity, first decide what you exactly want to do. You have a huge advantage to students and young professionals – experience. You much better know the life and can more clearly to formulate global goals. Perhaps a good solution would be to work in a different specialty in the same organization where you work, as this will cause less questions from future employers.
Regardless of what you choose as a new profession, you should not rush into the pool with his head. Much more practical would be to try a new business without burning bridges: for example, if you think that could work as a designer, not a sales Manager, try to do it in my spare time, carrying out orders online or to friends. So you will be able to understand more clearly what knowledge and skills you need to successfully operate in a new specialty. You should not change work just because you are afraid of present or future difficulties. Complexity is everywhere, so running from them will not work forever.
Also, don't try to start a career with training, wasting precious time acquiring new knowledge that may never come in handy. Often career can begin, without having specific skills, as learning in practice or on their own. If you feel a tendency for your chosen profession, you can always get education by correspondence, not interrupting the experience.