Choosing a career to embark on can be tough. Whether you are a high school or college student who is leaving the world of education for the world of employment or somebody who is simply seeking a career change through disillusionment or boredom with their current profession, deciding which career is the one for you is never easy.

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There are plenty of factors to consider, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy and of course, how much money are you looking to bring home in your pay packet.

Taking all of that on board, here are four steps for deciding which career is right for you.

Brainstorm

One of the best ways to settle on what you want to do with your future is with a brainstorm. Sit down with your partner, family or best friends and just talk about what you are good at, what you enjoy and what you think you can offer to the world. If you want to get really creative, then throw in a bottle of wine and some beers as well. Some of the best ideas in history have been thought up with drink involved!

Take a test

If brainstorming got you nowhere other than a hangover and deciding the career you want to embark on was an astronaut, then you can always take an online career test. These will present you with a series of questions about your and your personality and then recommend potential careers at the end based on the results. They are free to take, just search for “career tests”. They might not give you the answer, but they’ll at least give you an answer and plenty to think about.

Research

Once you’ve settled on the possibilities, now is the time to carry out research into the career you want to get into. Hit Google and look up what qualifications are needed and how can you go about getting them if you don’t already possess them. Take a look at the hours and try and get a general sense of what the job will entail. Use a website such Jobdescriptions.Net to see what sort of salary you can expect to be taking home. If the career still looks appealing to you with all this information, then it might be the one. If it doesn’t, go back to brainstorming.

Network

The beauty of social media, and in particular LinkedIn, is that it allows us to connect with people across the world we previously never would’ve been able to. By using social media, you can find people who work in the career you want to get into and network with them. Ask them how they got into the business, what they enjoy most about if and most important of all, if they have any advice to a newcomer such as yourself. Most people will be happy to give out advice for free. Connecting in this way also has the added bonus of helping you to make contacts, which may come in handy when it comes to your future prospects of a job in the industry.

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