8 Questions Designed To Help You Pick The Perfect Career For You


When it comes to choosing a career, there are many factors. It is important to choose the right career because many people work more than they sleep.

If you ask yourself these eight questions, you will be in the best position to choose the career that is right for you.

1. Can this career support the lifestyle I desire?

Your lifestyle is a combination of time and money. Depending on whether you have children or want to travel, you will need a certain amount of time away from the office.

Does this mean that your job should offer flexible options?

Sure, that’s one way to make sure you have time for family and leisure activities. You can also consider working four 10-hour days or a 9-month schedule. Once you understand the time aspect, you need to determine how much income you need for your lifestyle.

If you want to travel or have a large family, you need a certain amount of money to afford this lifestyle. Depending on what is most important to you, you may choose to sacrifice your time for a few years to have more time in your career, or you may prioritize the pursuit of your passion and the career of your dreams.

The choice is wide, but you need to be mindful of how you spend your time and money. Studies show that 78% of people live from paycheck to paycheck[1].

However, we know that 78% do not live in poverty. This number simply reflects the number of people who spend all the money they earn.

2. Does this career challenge me?

Imagine you are a talented professional athlete competing against elementary school children. Sure, you may win every game, but you won’t feel the same satisfaction as if you were competing against other talented professionals. Choosing a career requires evaluating opportunities for growth and advancement.

This is important because the career you choose will allow you to gain new skills, obtain additional training, and expand your knowledge base.

As you grow in your career, tasks that were previously difficult will become easy. When this happens, you are left with two options. You can spend the rest of your career making minimal effort to achieve above-average results. Or you can take on new challenges in areas where success is not guaranteed.

The difficulty with this decision lies in our fear of failure. When facing new challenges, there will be a learning curve that can generate fear and doubt.

Do not let fear of the unknown keep you in your comfort zone.

3. Who can be my mentor?

You only know what you know, and if you want to learn more, you will have to experiment yourself or learn from the experiences of others.

If you find someone who is dedicated to the career you want to choose, you will have someone to ask questions and seek advice from. They will be able to share what they have learned and tell you what it takes to make a career in a particular field.

Will you need additional certifications or training and will they be willing to relocate?

Instead of waiting until the beginning of your career to learn all these things, find a mentor who is a few steps ahead of you.

4. What would I do for free?

Chasing money is one of the quickest ways to end up on the breadline. Most careers require more than the love of money to sustain them.

You probably know people who make a lot of money but are unhappy. They work in a career where they feel they are losing a part of themselves every day.

The reason it is good to ask yourself what you would do for free is that the mind has an incredible ability to rationalize anything. This means that you may find yourself in a toxic working relationship (or any other relationship) because you have convinced yourself that “it’s not that bad.”

Instead of making yourself believe that you are doing what you need to do, let yourself imagine the career you would make for free.

5. Where is my line?

It would be nice to live in a world where everyone was ethical and trustworthy. However, I don’t need to tell you that this is not always the case.

If you find yourself in a compromised position, you must decide what your line is.

You may remember that the Veterans Administration made headlines because patients were waiting 115 days to be seen. When the new mandate to create a 24-day wait time came along, employees pointed out how they felt compelled to manipulate performance records to meet these ambitious goals.

In a Harvard study, researchers examined how good people are induced to make bad decisions. The reasons are:

When it is unsafe to talk;
There is excessive pressure to achieve unrealistic performance goals;
When there are conflicting goals;
When a positive example is not being set.

You are likely to be faced with at least one of these four scenarios in your career, and it is up to you to decide if it is worth it.

6. Am I still growing?

One of the most common reasons people disengage from their role is that they no longer feel they are growing.

Choosing a career is not only about earning money and job security, but also the feeling of learning new things. You will find that low-skilled careers tend to have a higher turnover rate. Of course, the lower salaries that often accompany low-skilled jobs are part of the decision-making process, as is the mundane nature of doing the same thing every day.

Everyone likes to be promoted and get a pay raise, but this is just an external recognition of internal growth. Promotions feel better when you know you have earned them through the continuous development of your skills and leadership.

7. Where does my personality fit in?

You can find a lot of information on the Internet on how to choose a career based on your personality type.

Among the most cited materials is the work of John Holland and Holland’s theory of career choices:[3].

“According to John Holland, there are six key categories that define the modern worker. His assessment provides a framework that takes into account career interests and matches ideal environments to certain personalities that also play a role in job satisfaction and performance. The six types are: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional.”

For example, entrepreneurs are more likely to lead and persuade, and as a result, this group would like to be a business manager or a lawyer.

8. Where do I want to live?

Your career choice will have a direct impact on where you live.

If you want to work in the stock market, you will need to live in New York and near Wall Street. Large metropolitan areas tend to offer the best career opportunities in engineering. If you are not excited about working in places like Seattle, Boston, and Atlanta, then you may want to explore careers in more rural areas[4].

If someone is interested in working in the tech industry, Silicon Valley will be on their list. This is not to say that there are not opportunities in the tech industry in other parts of the country, but if you live near Silicon Valley you will have more opportunities in the tech industry. The same goes for broadcasting in New York and entertainment in Hollywood.

To have the best chance of success, you need to strategically choose where you live. Those who prefer to choose a location based on children or proximity to family should examine what professions are prevalent in the area.

If you can find a company that has a local branch in your area, it will open up the possibility of finding a career suitable for you.