How do you decide what career is best for you?

The key to finding out what career is best for you is finding what you are passionate about. Passion is something that comes from inside you—and, if your interests or skills don’t clearly align with a career path, it can be difficult to put your finger on what you want to do.

To find an area that you are passionate about, consider asking yourself these questions:

  • What do you love to do?
  • What are your interests?
  • What skills do you possess?
  • What do you want to be remembered for?
  • What impact do you want to have on people?

Answering these questions will certainly get you thinking about what you’re good at and what you enjoy most. When you have figured out your ideal career, you can get a better handle on it by actually experiencing it. You can do this one of the following ways:\

  1. Job shadow – tagging along with a professional in the field you desire to work in to see what their day-to-day assignments are like.
  2. Informational interview – asking for 10-15 minutes of a professional’s time to inquire about the field, ask questions about the organization and receive advice about breaking into the industry.
  3. Volunteering – offering to help a local nonprofit organization by working in a position similar to your ideal field.
  4. Internship – experiencing the industry first-hand by working for an organization as an intern, building your skills and networking with other professionals at the company.