Factors to Consider in Choosing a Career

by Sara Melone; Updated September 26, 2017
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Choosing the right career path is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Whether you are choosing your first career or embarking on a second or third, finding something that you enjoy and excel at can do wonders to improve your whole life. While no job is ever perfect, there are some factors that you should consider to help ensure you get into the right career for you.

Interests

It's no coincidence that your personal interests often top the list of factors to consider when choosing a new career. If you are able to put your passions and skills into a career, you are more likely to enjoy your work and succeed in your position. CVTips.com recommends that if you have any trouble deciding what you like to do and how your interests can be applied to a career position, you should take an interest assessment offered online or through a career development specialist in your area.

Career Opportunities

It's always a wise idea to consider the abundance of relevant career opportunities available in your chosen field. Highly competitive career fields or restrictive positions could leave you searching for an opening and unemployed for long periods of time. Consider whether there are career openings available to you in the area where you live, or if you may need to relocate to find the position you desire. Determine if relocating is an option for you and your family, and if you have the resources to move to another city or even another state or country.

Education and Training

You should also consider the level of education and training that may be required for the career you choose. If you already have the education and background needed for the position, you should be able to get started in your career relatively soon. If you need to pursue a degree or other specialized training, however, you will need to take into account the months or years required to train, in addition to the educational expenses you will incur preparing for your career.

Identify Your Priorities

Your individual priorities also are a determining factor when it comes to your career choice. A career that requires a great deal of responsibility, working long hours or frequent travel may be more appealing to someone who does not have young children at home. If you have a family, or if you require a set schedule every week, those priorities may influence your career decision. For some, salary and benefits are the driving force behind a career decision.

About the Author

Sara Melone is a mother of three and a graduate of UNH. With prior careers in insurance and finance, photography, as well as certifications in fitness and nutrition, Melone draws directly from past experience and varying interests. She contributes with equal passion to birth journals, investment blogs, and self-help websites.

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