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How can one choose a great career?

Asked by Khajuria9 (2129points) May 16th, 2014

Any websites and suggestions?
And, importantly, how to identify what one likes, I mean, I can’t say what I really enjoy to study or do.
Any suggestions in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

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ragingloli's avatar

If you want a profession that you enjoy, you could start by thinking back what hobbies you had as a child, which you enjoyed, and which you were good at. Based on that, find out what fields would fit best.
But if you want a “career”, become a banker.

livelaughlove21's avatar

What’s a great career? One with job security? One that pays well? One that’s fun? One that’s challenging? One with good benefits? One with flexible hours? All of the above?

A “great career” for one person may not be a great career for another person. If you have no clue what you like, none of us can give you ideas as to what career you might be suited for. Do you have a degree? If not, do you plan on getting one? What qualifications do you have?

Sure, there are quizzes online built to match you to potential career options, like this one, but sometimes you don’t know what you like until you try it. That’s why college is good even if you don’t have a particular goal in mind, because you can take classes and see if the material interests you.

You need to determine what’s important to you when it comes to a job. Do you want overtime opportunities? What type of environment do you work best in (team vs. individual, etc)? What kind of compensation are you looking for?

We’d need way more information to give you a useful answer.

wingsonroots's avatar

Match your skills, education with what the opportunities available. Practice and be really good at it. That’s the way to a great career. Good luck!

Khajuria9's avatar

Yes, I do have a bachelors degree in Computer Science and am currently pursuing masters in remote sensing and GIS specializing in urban systems but everything was all so random, I don’t even know how I landed up there. I am not sure what jobs are there for such weird combinations?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@Khajuria9 That combination of skills is right down many paths. It will not be hard to land a career doing that type of work.

Khajuria9's avatar

I don’t know, I am quite puzzled at the moment.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Didn’t you have this discussion with your guidance counselor some years back?
That being said, I am in my late 50s and still wonder what career I will have when I grow up.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@Khajuria9 Geotech firms need folks like you. With our infrastructure crumbling and replacements expensive monitoring is more and more important. That’s a lot of remote data acquisition, programming and GIS.

Khajuria9's avatar

Yes, there is but the job market is not that bright, I feel. I mean, planning domain will hire only professional urban planners and doing just masters in remote sensing over some urban theme like city vulnerability assessment or something like that does not guarantee a good career.
I am too worried.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@Khajuria9 It is tough but it’s never to early to start looking. With that mix of skills you’ll find something especially with the computer science degree. Don’t worry so much. you have a major advantage or most graduates in the sense that your C.S. skills are needed just about everywhere . A “good” career can mean many things. I personally think a good career is one that makes you happy and provides enough income to live comfortably. It does not have to be in something that you have your degree in.

Khajuria9's avatar

Yes, I agree that a good job does not necessarily have to be the same as the degree but what use id the degree then, why spend so much time then? Also, I am not sure what gives me satisfaction.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It’s worth quite a bit. It teaches you how to set long-term goals and then follow through with them. It teaches you how to “learn” in the sense that once you get used to figuring technical things out it’s easier to learn other things as needed. It shows you that your limits are usually a lot higher than you think. It gives you an idea of what you may want to do with your life. It tells others that you can do what is needed to complete such an ordeal. You don’t have to do something just because you have the degree. The simple experience of obtaining it has prepared you for the future in ways that you may not understand until you start working in some field.

Khajuria9's avatar

Thanks Are_you_kidding_me.
You were quite a help.


ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

No problem! All graduates go through this B.T.W. I did and still periodically question my career choices. There is no fairytale perfect career. Just make sure you are happy.

Khajuria9's avatar

I try to be happy but just can’t. I feel so incapacitated. The whole meaning of life appears bizarre.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

You’re having an existential crisis which is perfectly normal. It’ll pass. School stress can cause this you may just need a break. If you really feel despair then I’d suggest seeing a counselor.

Khajuria9's avatar

Thanks for your input and valuable time.
I wish you a great day!

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