Careers

There are so many amazing careers ahead of you when you are in High School, Community College, Tech School, University, or still just wandering, looking for a great area to focus your life on. There are a million ways to choose one as well. Most people choose a career or area of focus for their work as a specialty. Over the years it has been found that specializing is a fantastic way to build your reputation, credentials, and earning power. Today we call that a “Career”.

How To Choose A Career

There are countless ways to choose. You can focus on the things you like and find careers that maximize the time you will do those things. You can look at earnings potential. You can look at global impact for good. You can look at hot growing areas or high reputation areas. The most important thing to do is to just go ahead and pick an area and start moving in that direction. Here is some more information about specific ways you can choose your career or gain advice.

Personality Tests or Career Aptitude Tests

These are surveys that you fill out and provide some insight to the things you enjoy doing and you are good at and provide suggested careers based on those things. There are many tests out there and the quality varies greatly. Some tests will require a fee while others are free or paid for by the ads they show you. I suggest you do a google search for free career tests, complete a few, and find out what they suggest. You can use those suggestions as guidance for you to consider.

Here are some options:

Things you already enjoy

If you already know you love working with children or young adults then maybe you should be a teacher. If you already know you like working outside and building things then maybe a vocational trade is the right choice. Starting with what you already know and enjoy is a great way to simply continue down the path of starting or advancing a career.

Have some ideas? Do a job search.

Going to School

Going to school is a somewhat questionable track if you do not already know what you want to do since you will likely be paying a lot of money for classes that may not line up with your eventual choice. That said, it is a great place to be exposed to ideas and people and opportunities that you will not get at home or in your current job. Consider schools carefully. If you would like help choosing a school we can certainly help you there. Take this quick survey so we can match you up.

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Internships

Internships are a great way to get exposure to a field by working in its lowest level jobs while working with very experienced people. Internships are generally paid positions and can last anywhere from 3 months to 12 months depending on the business you get a position with. The best way to find internships is to find companies that are in the general area you are interested in and visit their jobs websites.

Here are some options from HerCampus.com

High growth fields

High growth fields are those that are or are expected to see a lot of new demand for people to enter them in the next five or so years. Past hot careers include software development, nurses, engineers, and machinists. A simple google search for Hot Careers will bring back a lot of great ideas.

See the US News Money report on the best jobs

High paying fields

These are areas where the pay is great once you get some experience. Anything in the software development or eCommerce field is a great example. Others include nursing, engineering, and biology.

Volunteering

Like an Internship, volunteering gives you exposure to careers but in a more indirect way. Generally you will be volunteering with a Not-For-Profit corporation. There are millions of them but they generally do not take up the same sort of work as for-profit companies. Definitely use volunteer positions as a way to build experience and if you can find a position in your field, excellent.

Check out this google search for volunteer opportunities which will show local results

Popular Career Choices

Software & Computer Technology

A career in computer and software technology can take many, many different forms. Common job titles include Software Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager, Tester, Analyst, Systems Engineer, and Application Engineer. Depending on the area you want to focus on different paths to your first job are recommended. For example, to enter an Information Technology department you just need to be curious, a good learner, and reliable. To enter Software Engineering you generally need a college degree.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Analytical thinking, problem solving, passion for technology, creativity.

Jobs: Search for jobs in the field

Health and Medical

Do you dream of being a nurse, doctor, dentist, radiology technician, councilor, physical therapist, or other jobs commonly found in hospitals, clinics, and care offices? This is your career area. People in these fields tend to feel personally rewarded by helping others improve their lives. Education varies greatly depending on your target job.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Care-giving, medical, problem solving, listening, communication.

Check out our Health and Medical Career Guide

Government

There are so many different jobs in government and types of governments that to describe this field is difficult. Two very well known career tracks are Politics and Public Service. You may also find a long career in the state or federal military branches. Other government jobs include road crews, park rangers, federal agents,  and bus drivers.

Education required: High School to Post Graduate depending on your area of focus.

Skills required: Varies by area of focus

Check out our Government Jobs Career Guide

Vocational Trades

Vocations are jobs commonly associated with construction of buildings or machines, for example, plumbers, insulators, carpenters, machinists, masons, dockworkers and countless others. If you enjoy working with your hands, having a varied work environment, and applying yourself to something that makes clear physical progress in the world then a career in the trades may be for you.

Education Required: High school to Tech school

Skills Required: Common sense, ability to learn, precision, communication

Check out our Vocational Trade Career Guide

Banking & Finance

This field is all about money, business, and investing. The field is very wide in that you can be anything from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to a financial adviser to a bank teller to a financial councilor to a debt collector. There is definitely something for everyone in this field and the education that you gain in building your education here will serve you in your personal life every day.

Education Required: High school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Precision, customer service, economics, finance

Check out our Banking And Finance Career Guide

Law & Security

Well developed countries all have something in common: laws and a need for security. This field is what would be typically considered “Law Enforcement” and “Military” but there are many other options as well. Did you know that security guards outnumber police officers? Everyone from the local government to the federal government to corporations to casinos have positions in this area and the requirements and tests required in each vary significantly.

Education Required: High school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Personal presence, personal protection training, customer service, loyalty

Check out our Law Enforcement and Security Career Guide

Utilities & Construction

If you like directly seeing the results of your work then the utility and construction sector are a great match. The number of careers you can enter in this field is vast though so you will need to spend some time considering which direction you want to go. Local governments, construction companies, trade organizations, and even housing developments employ people in this field and the education requirements vary widely from middle-school to graduate degrees in architecture and design and engineering.

Education Required: Middle school to Graduate school

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Check out our Utility and Construction Industry Career Guide

Biotechnology

This field has everything to do with drugs (pharmaceuticals), viruses, animals, plants, and countless other specialties. Some well known careers include drug research and vaccine development. Chemistry and biology weigh heavily on this field and there are varying requirements for positions though in general education requirements are higher here than in other fields.

Education Required: Technical school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Check out our Biotechnology Career Guide

Media & Publicity

This is all about marketing. These days marketing is everything from social media to print to video to influencing. The field also includes everything from managing red carpet events to brand marketing specialists. With social media’s importance there are even software engineer and data analyst roles in this field. So, there is plenty to do and various areas you can get in to over time.

Education Required: High school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Too widely varied to describe

Green Technology

Green technology brings together many fields in to a hot growth area. Green technology is really just a marketing term for energy efficiency and thus you can see why this field can be so large. Construction, engineering, software, biotechnology, marketing, trades, and governments all have a role to play here. So, this is more of a theme than a specific career field. If you’re interested in this sort of thing though, you have an awesome career ahead of you.

Education Required: Technical school to Graduate degrees

Skills Required: Extremely varied

Check out our Green Technology and Energy Career Guide

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