How many of you think Investment Banking is a cool job?
You love the swanky offices, lifestyle and, the huge pay packages that investment banking career offers.
Many of my friends think software field is an attractive career with lots of onsite opportunities, again huge paychecks and state of the art buildings. I know many of you are in confusion and have difficult time deciding how to pick a right profession or career.
I too was in great confusion when I was just out of business school and many areas caught my attention. It’s difficult not to get carried away in this process. Here’s what I did to select the job.
1. See the match
First of all, look inside and see what you value, what are your beliefs and goals are and then look for the jobs that satisfy these things. Make a list of important things in your mind. Remember, finding the job is a two way process. The company is looking for the right candidate and you too are looking for the perfect job. There is no point in taking sales job if you do not enjoy meeting people and traveling. If you are someone, who loves numbers and analyzing financials, go for research jobs. When I was looking for a job, I wanted a job which was a combination of office and field work. So, I gave almost eight interviews before finalizing the perfect job for me – Corporate Communications Executive.
2. Decide what’s important to you in a job
Once you make a list of important things in the job see how this fits with your life, family, hobbies and your mindset. You are going to spend one-third time of your life doing the work, so why not spend some time in deciding what’s important to you. Ask the question—“What’s important to me in a job” 10 times and you will be surprised what you get after this exercise. You will be clearer with you values, beliefs, family and hobbies and will be able to select the perfect job for you.
3. Career or job
Decide first—whether you are looking for a job or a career. What’s the difference? If you have a short term need or goal, then probably you are looking for a job to meet your needs and short term goal. But if this job is going to be a part of your long term career plan, then you need to take your time and decide whether the job takes you to your final goal.
4. Do your SWOT analysis
I suggest you do SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis. This is a powerful decision matrix with amazing results. Here’s how to do it:
First do the SWOT Analysis of a job. Let’s say it is a Market Research Analyst Job.
See the strengths of this job, this should give you an idea of it’s positive side. Then check the weaknesses of this job.
Now, whether this career is full of opportunities or not and also will it open many doors for you in future? Think on this. Lastly, what are the threats from external environment if there are issues in economy?
Don’t waste your time in applying for the jobs and attending the interviews if they don’t fit in your value system. This will create internal stress after some time and you will have to start the job search all over again. I hope this guide “how to pick a right profession or career” creates value in your job search.