When you’re at a restaurant and have to choose a meal from the menu, how do you decide? Remember, the dish you order now will stay with you for the rest of the night. It’s a pressuring decision, isn’t it? Not to mention the exorbitant cost of dining outside.
We encounter a similar situation when choosing our career path. While not as intense as choosing a meal for dinner, both examples have a lot in common.
Just like dinner, you’re expected to pay for college tuition by yourself. Moreover, you have to finish the entire course and can’t drop out halfway. If you do, you won’t get your degree, without which landing a stable job is near impossible.
The career you pick will stay with you for the rest of your life, so choose wisely!
Choosing Your Career
So how, exactly, are you supposed to select a career path that suits your personality and you’re comfortable committing to for the next few decades? Well, we’ve got some great tips for you:
Take the Holland Code Career Test
The Holland Code Career Test (alternatively known as RAISEC) is by far the most common tool in modern psychology used to classify human personalities. The test will group you into one (or more) of six dominant personality types while suggesting career paths based on your strengths and weaknesses.
The test will classify you as one of the following:
Builders (AKA ‘realistic’)
Builders are hardcore realists who prefer practical work over theory. If this sounds like you, a good career path for you might be construction, engineering or sports.
Thinkers (AKA ‘investigative’)
Thinkers rely on theory and the power of the mind. Much like ancient Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle, Thinkers prioritize theory over physical labor. Suitable career paths for Thinkers include medicine and classical humanities, like history and literature.
Creators (AKA ‘artistic’)
Artistic personality types excel in careers where their fresh perspective is appreciated. They do well in jobs that demand creative abilities and an artistic mind. Examples include graphic design, acting, and music.
Helpers (AKA ‘social’)
Helpers do well with people and like to find solutions to serious problems. They are compassionate and reasonable; two golden skills that will land them a job in a respectable environment. The suggested careers for Helper’s personality types include nursing and psychology-related pathways.
Persuaders (AKA ‘enterprising’)
A Persuader’s best fit is as the CEO of a company. This personality type admires the power and the ability to influence other people. Law and business are ideal career choices for Persuaders.
Organizers (AKA ‘conventional’)
Organizers are at the core of every career. Without them, chaos would rule the world. Conventional personality types thrive in jobs that allow them to curate the perfect set of rules with an itinerary to match. Such people are suited to careers in military planning, medicine, economics and finance analysis.
The Final Verdict
Using these tips, you can find a career path suited to your unique personality.
Remember, you are brilliant and capable of anything you set your mind to. The world is your oyster, so don’t be afraid to chase your dreams!