- Step 1: Figure out your interests List your passions and interests. Do you like working with your hands or sitting at a desk? Working with numbers or managing money? Teaching or helping people? Selling or creating things?
- Step 2: Identify strengths, skills, and talents Identify your strengths, skills, and talents – things that come easily that you enjoy doing.
- TIP: Don't let lack of skills limit your choices. You can always increase your knowledge and develop new skills.
- Step 3: Make a list List your personal preferences and needs. What is the lowest income that you will accept? Are you willing to commute or relocate? Can you go back to school for additional training?
- Step 4: Take career and self-assessment tests Get professional advice by taking career assessment tests and tests that evaluate your personality and temperament.
- TIP: Some career assessment tests are free; others are available from a career counselor.
- Step 5: Research the job market Research the job market to learn about careers that match your interests and personality.
- TIP: Check the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to Industries, found online or at the library.
- Step 6: Get ready Prepare to begin a new chapter in your life as you pursue a career that will make you happy and bring you satisfaction. Aim high!
- FACT: Vincent Van Gogh was a schoolmaster, a student priest missionary, and an art dealer before he became a painter.
You Will Need
- A belief in yourself