Choosing a Career



Most people are never really sure about where to go to get assistance on how to choose a career or they have never really identified what career path they want to take. There are three notable steps that young people can take in order to choose a Career.

Step 1

You must figure out what is your career interest. You can only do this by asking yourself these questions:

  • Where does my interest lie?
  • What do I enjoy and what am I good at?
  • What type of personality do I have?
  • What is really important to me?
  • What are my values?

It is indeed very important that you take any career-related tests that your school might offer or take an on-line career assessment such as to help you decide how to choose a career. You can access on-line career assessment at:

It is always wise to use your own life experiences on jobs, classes or other opportunities that you have enjoyed. Choosing a career can be very satisfying with the right help.

Step 2

It is always important that you learn about your career options. Luckily the Ministry of Education has now afforded young people the opportunity to learn more about the world of work through the Career Advancement Programme. Prior to this, young people leaving school and out of school rarely had access to Career Development information.

It is important that you explore career options through conducting mini-research on different kinds of work, typical qualifications needed and the salary ranges for various occupations. It is important that you seek career guidance from Guidance Counsellors in schools, visit your nearest Youth Empowerment Officer or HEART TRUST/NTA. It is always wise to do career planning so that you can be better prepared for the start of your first job.

Step 3

Once you have gone through Steps 1 and 2 you will realize that your strong preferences will start to emerge. You might discover that you don’t want to be a doctor or an administrator. You might find that your interest in dancing would not sustain a career, so you cross those types of jobs off your list. Whatever it is that you learn about yourself, you are making discoveries that will help you choose a career when the time is right. This is a very important aspect of career planning.

It is even more important that you recognize that you don’t have to live with any career decision you make in these early phases of career planning. Most people change their career several times during their lives, so the first job you choose right after college or high school might not be your career in the next 15-30 years. At this stage don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make the perfect decision. It is important to KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN and use all available resources in your journey to find how to choose your career.