Have you ever attempted to plan your career? If so, how did you approach it?

Most people just look around and choose an occupation, which is popular within their family or social environment or a job that is accessible and tested over generations. It is then, sometimes trouble begins…

Why is it so important to plan our career? How do we fit our needs with the job market requirements?

Let’s look at what main factors go into choosing a career?

  1. Your Personality: are you a calm person or outgoing? Perhaps your relatives enjoy being librarians but if you have quite a temper, the slow work environment will make you implore.
  2. Your Interests: is your family business orientated? If you understand poetry better than stock charts, don’t follow your family’s advice.
  3. Your Values: your family may think that the social service is a common value and everybody dreams being a local GP. Meanwhile, you instead secretly admire plastic surgeons and their posh cars…
  4. Your Skills: your parents advise you to follow a career in finance. Yes, you are great with numbers but even better at combining pieces of clothing together in a way nobody can miss you in the street. And you just love fashion
  5. Your Location and Background: everybody knows that Oxford is a cradle for a literary genius. However, J.K. Rowling never graduated at Oxford, furthermore she was a single mother on benefits. Why should you give up your dreams if you weren’t born privileged?
  6. Your Contacts: once you have an idea of what would you like to do, it’s worth revising your family’s address book. Perhaps the unknown Uncle your mother sends a Christmas card to every year is a chemistry geek, and your biggest wish is to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry?
  7. Your Qualifications: Is a GSCE enough to become an accountant? Is it necessary to pass A Levels if you think about having a military career?

There are many questions we must ask ourselves before we choose a career path, which fulfills all of our needs. In the adult life we spend more time at work than socializing with friends. It is worth making the smarter choice.

The CaT Test will help you to define your areas of interests, your skills and values as well as show you what qualifications are needed to get your dream job.

Test YOURSELF with CaT!