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Helping Someone Choose A Career

Choosing a career can be a very difficult task for some people. As it is a life changing task, it is indeed difficult, but you have no other option other than choosing a career. At one point or the other in your life you have to take this decision. Yes, you have to put in some real effort to choose the right career for yourself but in the end it will be worth that effort.

Unlike earlier days now there are hundreds of new lucrative career options out there in the market. So you have a wide range to choose from. But the problem is how do you choose from such a vast range of career options? To choose a career the first thing you need to do is know yourself better. Try to figure out what you want exactly in life and what you have to do to get it. Know your skills, interests and choose a career accordingly.

You can take online career tests for self assessment or you can go to a public library in which you are a member of. You can also join in different career workshops. Searching in local newspaper is the best idea to find out information about such career workshops. Different schools and colleges also hold career counseling workshops that you may attend.

You can take the help of a career development professional or a career counselor. They will help you in self assessment. They have various self assessment tools with the help of which they will evaluate your skills, interests, personality and values and interpret the results for you. It will help you to choose what job careers will suit you best. Then you will have a list of suitable careers to choose from.

So you have to do a bit of research now and find out which career suits you best, find out if there are any jobs available in the targeted field and if you can progress in that field, find what you need to do in that job and if you would be able to do it. Learn about what education or training you need to get qualified for that job. Talking with people who are in that field would be a great idea.

But you should be alert before choosing a career counselor for yourself, because some of them are nothing but frauds. They give you false hopes of higher paying jobs, better job prospects, job guarantees but you should keep in mind that no body can guarantee you any of those. Nothing but it is your own ability, achievements and personality that can get you a job.

Career counselors can only help you but can not get you a job. So you should be very careful while choosing a career counselor, you should choose one who is knowledgeable and experienced in the career you want to choose and verify his/her professional credentials.

Silas Reed, Writer for EmploymentCrossing writes articles that inform and teach about different job profiles.

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