How to choose a career path?

Choosing the right career path can help guarantee that you will live a happy and fulfilling life.

Most of us spend five days a week working, and so choosing a job path that focuses on something you are passionate about and genuinely enjoy brings multiple benefits on so many levels and is immensely important.

However, it can sometimes be challenging to know which job is right for you, and how to start selecting an appropriate career path for yourself.

So, with this in mind, MA’AN felt it was essential that it dedicated part of its community initiatives to career advice and coaching, with the help of our Business & Coaching Ambassador, Arsalan Al Hashimi.

Just take a browse through the Let’s Connect social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, and you’ll find they are packed with handy tips, innovative business techniques and priceless advice about how you can better yourself, handle stressful situations, and reach the best of your potential.

Below, we go into more details about how you can settle on a career path that turns your passions into a money-making venture.

How to choose a career?

These days, it’s perfectly possible to turn any interest or passion into a career. From gaming to travel writing, the roles and professions are endless, with options spanning far further than traditional titles such as doctor or teacher.

So, how do you choose a career path that’s right for your skills and interests and offers opportunities for you to succeed?

First of all, we recommend you work out what you’re good at, what you enjoy and what kind of personality you have. This will help you find a career that matches your strengths and passions.

First of all, we recommend you work out what you’re good at, what you enjoy and what kind of personality you have. This will help you find a career that matches your strengths and passions.

To do this, we suggest asking yourself the following questions and making a note of your answers.

● What subjects have you enjoyed studying at school and beyond?
● What subjects have you done well at, and why?
● If you had to pick a favourite out of words, numbers, visuals and physical activities, which would it be?
● What are your core values?
● What are your top skills?

If you find this step difficult, you can always search online for a free personality or career aptitude test. These can help you understand your personal qualities and strengths, and make career choices that relate to them.

From here you can then start to think of careers that match your answers, your qualifications and what kind of salary you want to earn in the future.

We recommend making a list of at least 10 to start with, and then narrowing this down to your top five.

From here you can start working out what qualifications or experience you need for each of your potential career paths.

How do I turn a passion into a purpose?

Your career doesn’t just shape how you spend your weekdays, it can also affect the friends you make, your social life and ultimately the direction your life takes.

It’s therefore paramount that your career focuses on a subject that you enjoy and are genuinely passionate about.
Your career should also be able to sustain your interest and enthusiasm for years. It’s no good picking something on a whim and then realising that you’re bored of it after just a few months.

Being passionate about a subject makes it easier for you to invest your time in it. You will want to work hard and actually enjoy going to work every day if you care about the subject matter.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t just go for the career that you think will lead to the highest salary, think with your head and your heart.

To turn your passion into a career and land your dream job, you need to work out what you can do over the next few months and years to help you achieve your goals.

Create a document or spreadsheet and list down all the essential steps you need to complete, whether it’s studying for a degree or researching roles online, and the predicted dates for when you think you can complete them. These intentions can be small or large, but they must be realistic and achievable.

By making a plan like this, you are already setting your dream in motion and getting closer to your ideal career.
Take a look at the below video with Arsalan and Gael Hedding, Director of Berklee Abu Dhabi talking about choosing a career path out of passion.

I am doubting my career path, what should I do?

Remember, it’s totally normal to have bad days at work, and for it to take a while for you to build up enough experience to secure a job that’s perfect for you.

More often than not, people’s career paths are long, winding and filled with many stops, detours and decisions along the way.

Remember, it’s never too late to change careers or retrain with a different degree or qualification. Or, on the other hand, you might just need to undergo some career coaching to help you get the most out of your job role and learn to cope better with certain challenging situations.

For tips and ideas about how to manage stress at work, check out the Let’s Connect Instagram page and see the #SelfCareCheck posts to find out how other followers manage their stress and overcome difficult scenarios.

What mistakes should you avoid when choosing a career path?

While salary is certainly an important consideration when choosing a career path, it would be an awful mistake to make it the only thing you take into account.

As mentioned above, you should also focus on jobs that require skills you are good at, and involve subjects or activities that you genuinely enjoy.

For instance, if you’re an analytical thinker who thrives when solving problems, then you might be best suited to a job in technology or computer engineering. On the other hand, if you enjoy making new connections and working with people, a job in communications or events might be more appropriate.

It’s equally important not to let others confuse you by laying on too much conflicting advice.
It’s a safe bet that your mum, dad, auntie and every member of your extended family will have an opinion about your future career.

But don’t let yourself be swayed or confused by what other people think is the right path for you.

Instead, seek advice from people who actually work in the industries that you are considering entering. They are far better equipped to judge and advise constructively than someone who has never worked in your chosen sector before.

Career counselors or coaches can also help by providing unbiased and expert guidance.

Is it a bad idea to focus on multiple career paths?

If anything, it can be a very good idea to focus on multiple careers.

After all, it’s unlikely that your skills and interests are suitable for only one very specific job.

If you’re yet to go to university, you could choose a non-vocational degree like English, politics or history that can be used to enter a wide range of careers and they leave you with plenty of options.

Plus, as your career develops, you might discover new job roles that you never knew existed before. For instance, if you start your working life employed in customer service, your love for being social and interacting with people could lead you to progress into other specialties such as catering and hospitality, journalism or sales.

As you can see, choosing the right career path is an exceptionally important process. These days, it’s perfectly possible for everyone to find their dream career as long as they take the time to work out where their strengths lie, how they can secure their ideal job and remain focused and determined along the way.

For more advice and tips about succeeding in your career and business, please get in touch.