Building the Ideal Career

Building the ideal career begins with you identifying what it is you really want to do with your life in the long term. No matter what you want to do, there are steps you need to put in place first, to help you get to where you want to be.

To build the ideal career, you need to have a plan in place, and it is also important to really think about other aspects of your career choice, such as the following:

1. Your personal values

It is important when deciding on the ideal career for yourself, that you identify your personal values. The reason for this is because your personal values play an important part in your entire life, and if you were to decide on a career that is a direct contradiction to your personal values, then it is highly likely you would not see the results you are hoping for.

For example, if spending a lot time with your family is high on your list of personal values, then choosing a career that would take you away from your family for long periods of time would be in direct contradiction with those values. In fact, you would very quickly realize that having a career such as the one you have chosen, is probably not the right one for you.

So in other words, your career must fit in with your personal values and allow you to balance your work and family life based on these values.

2. Your current skills

Next, you may want to look at your current skills. Do you currently have the required skills for your chosen career? If not, are you prepared to get out there and learn these skills?
How much time will it take you to learn these skills, and are you prepared to put in this amount of time?

3. Your personality

Some personalities suit certain careers better than others. For example, if you are thinking about going into sales, then the ideal personality type would be one of an extrovert as opposed to an introvert who is not comfortable getting out there and selling.

4. Your interests

Obviously, if you pick a career that is in line with your interests, then it is likely you are going to enjoy doing what you do. For example, a person who loves animals may benefit from a career working with animals. On the other hand, you might be interested in working on projects, so would benefit by working as a project manager or business analyst or similar.

Regardless of what you do, especially if you require some additional training to get started, when building the ideal career you need to consider that you will be doing this for a very long time to come, so it is important you pick one that you truly believe you will enjoy.

Once you have decided on an ideal career, it is now time to plan how you are going to get there.

The following steps to building the ideal career will get you started:

1. Write down what it is you want to do (what is your career choice?)
2. Establish where you are now – write down your current skills, knowledge and other attributes that will contribute to your chosen career. Also write down the skills, knowledge and other attributes you require in order to excel in your career.
3. Decide on how you are going to get your skills and knowledge up to the level you require in order to excel in your chosen career.
4. Get out there and do it!

Building the ideal career starts with the decision about what you want to do. Most importantly however, is the action you take once you have made this decision. Before long, you will be well on your way to achieving your career goals.

Are You Ready to Change Career Paths?

If you are already established in a current career, changing to a new career path involves taking a large amount of risk. But as the saying goes “no guts, no glory”, and taking the risk can lead to great benefits. When looking into a new career path you should evaluate the amount of risk and the possible benefits. There are also some things you can do to start moving toward a new career without immediately giving up the stable career that you currently have.

The first thing you can do is offer to volunteer for something that applies to your desired career. You can gain experience that will boost your resume toward to your new career path and make the transition easier. You can also find out if this career change is right for you without immediately giving up your current career path. You can also take a part-time job in the field you are interested in. Like volunteering this gives you the chance to experience your desired career without losing your current one.

Going back to school is also a great way to boost your resume and gain experience with a new career. By taking classes at night at either a university or vocational school, you can move toward the new career without sacrificing your current stable career and paycheck. Schooling will often provide benefits even if you do not decide to change careers. It can help you move toward another area in your current career or just help you get the skills that will help you move forward in your current career. Going back to school is a decision that few people ever regret, so the risk with this plan is relatively small, though it does involve a monetary investment.

You can also decide to give up your current career and dive headfirst in a new one. You can help to supplement the decrease in income by working part time jobs on the side. This can be through working a part time job with an employer, or through freelancing. If you stay within your desired career path you can increase your experience and boost your resume by working within your field. The extra work might take up all your free time, but in the end you will be able to work in a job that you truly enjoy, which is a benefit that could be worth the risk. Giving up your current career by choice is a very risky maneuver, so if possible is always best to try and get experience and knowledge of your desired switch before quitting your current job. If you do not have that choice, then freelancing may be your best option.

If you have achieved a lot of success in your current career, and don’t want to start over entirely, consider offering your services as a consultant or business coach. You can also choose to open your own business in a field that you love and have experience in. Whether your decision to start a new career is voluntary, or prompted by job loss, make the most of the opportunity, and take the time to find something that you love to do.