How To Choose A Career: A Step-By-Step Guide!

By Melissa Coutts September 10, 2021 | Posted in Our Blog

By Melissa Coutts September 10, 2021

Finding the right career path can be tricky.

We all remember the question “what do you want to be when you grow up”. At the time, you’re able to answer quickly because you’re so sure of your dream. But, as you grow and mature, that same question slowly turns into a complex scientific equation.

The truth is, if you asked many adults that same question, we don’t think they’d be able to answer it satisfactorily.

But, like the question at the end of the maths exam, it’s hard, but not impossible.

Are you feeling stuck right now? Don’t worry, we’ve got five tips that could help you out!

Career Path

Who Are You?

This one might sound a bit obvious, but simply taking a little time out of your day to assess yourself is crucial.

It’s about you, after all. So, take stock of your skills and experiences while assessing your interests and values. This will prove useful in narrowing down your options for the next step in the job search process.

Personal assessment will also enable you to highlight gaps in your knowledge or skill-set that will need to be filled to achieve a particular goal or attain a certain role.

Take into consideration where you are now, where you want to end up, and how you’re going to get there.

But be honest! Don’t let your ego take charge!


Once you have a general idea about what you want, it’s time to explore the job market.

If you haven’t guessed it already, it’s all about narrowing down your options.

Career Prospects

It might seem like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but we can assure you it isn’t.

First, consider what your ideal job sector would be.

What’s it like day-to-day in the job sector you’re interested in? If you’re not sure, do some research online; ask questions on professional networks like LinkedIn; look at typical or specific career paths; and gather example job descriptions and responsibilities.

If you’re not certain that a career path is for you, why not take on work experience or internships? They’re very valuable ways to gain insight into the areas you’re interested in without committing to a role.

Assess whether you have the credentials and training for the career or job role you’re interested in. If not, now’s the time to gain them. If you are qualified for the job, update your CV to reflect your relevant strengths and skills.

Exploration is daunting and may take time, but keep going!

Decision Time

Once you’ve combined your skills and interests with possible job opportunities, it’s time to decide.

Like Indiana Jones choosing the Holy Grail at the end of The Last Crusade, it’s crucial that you take your time and CHOOSE WISELY!

We’re not saying you’ll spontaneously combust like the bad guy in that film if you choose the wrong job, but it’s an important decision, so it needs to be treated with care.

If you’re still struggling to reach a conclusion, why not try some exercises that will make your decision making process a little easier?

Career Options UK

Listing the potential pros and cons of a certain job is often useful. To go a little further, you could take into account the opportunities and threats there may be in the role. Is the industry growing? Or is there something about the job that may stand in the way of your personal development?

There is plenty of other support that will help you decide, be it company websites, university and employability services, newspaper articles or even family and friends.


WHEN not IF you get a job, don’t stop there!

Like any change in life, it may take some time to adjust to your new career. But it’s important to pay attention during the time of transition.

What do you enjoy? What do you not?

This simple change in mindset will allow you to grow and develop as you learn more about yourself and the industry you’ve joined.

Construct a career plan, separated into short-, medium- and long- term goals.

A short-term goal could simply be completing the tasks for the day, while a long-term goal could be gaining a promotion.

Once every goal is met, conduct a self-assessment.

If you’re feeling uneasy or uncomfortable within your new setting despite achieving a goal or target, consider looking for other roles that may be a better fit.

Career planning is a continuous process, as you grow and change so will your objectives and interests, but it’s crucial that you keep on top of them. Don’t feel constrained by the goals you’ve set for yourself in the past – instead, look to where you want to be in the future.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, deciding on a career is tough.

But if you’re really struggling, make a plan, look at what you’re interested in, get disciplined about it.

Allow for the possibility that you have something important to contribute and that your prospective employer will be lesser without that contribution.

Are you looking for jobs in Darlington, North East and beyond?

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