Conduct Informational Interviews

Conduct Informational Interviews

When you have only a few occupations left on your list, start doing more in-depth research. Arrange to meet with people who work in the occupations in which you are interested. They can provide firsthand knowledge about the careers on your short list. 

Access your network , including LinkedIn, to find people with whom to have these informational interviews.

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Explore the Occupations on Your List

At this point, you'll be thrilled you managed to narrow your list down to only 10 to 20 options. Now you can get some basic information about each of the occupations on your list. 

  • Find job descriptions and educational, training, and licensing requirements in published sources.
  • Learn about advancement opportunities.
  • Use government-produced labor market information  to get data about earnings and job outlook.

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Make Your Career Choice

Finally, after doing all your research, you are probably ready to make your choice. Pick the occupation that you think will bring you the most satisfaction based on all the information you have gathered.

Realize that you are allowed do-overs if you change your mind about your choice at any point in your life. Many people change their careers at least a few times.

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Identify Your Goals

Once you make a decision, identify your long- and short-term goals . This helps to chart a course toward eventually landing work in your chosen field.

  • Long-term goals typically take about three to five years to reach, while you can usually fulfill a short-term goal in six months to three years.

Let the research you did about required education and training be your guide. If you don't have all the details, do some more research. Once you have all the information you need, set your goals.

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Create a "Short List"

Based on what you learned from your research so far, begin eliminating the careers you don't want to pursue any further. You should end up with two to five occupations on your "short list."

  • If your reasons for finding a career unacceptable are non-negotiable, cross it off your list.
  • Remove everything with duties that don't appeal to you.
  • Eliminate careers that have weak job outlooks .
  • Get rid of any occupation if you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the educational or other requirements, or if you lack some of the soft skills necessary to succeed in it.

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Write a Career Action Plan

Put together a career action plan, a written document that lays out all the steps you will have to take to reach your goals. Think of it as a road map that will take you from point A to B, then to C and D.

Write down all your short- and long-term goals and the steps you will have to take to reach each one. Include any anticipated barriers that could get in the way of achieving your goals—and the ways you can overcome them.

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Make a List of Occupations to Explore

You probably have multiple lists of occupations in front of you. Combine them into one master list.

First look for careers that appear on multiple lists and copy them onto a blank page. Your self-assessments  ​indicated they are a good fit for you based on several of your traits, so they're definitely worth exploring.

Next, find any occupations on your lists that appeal to you. They may be careers you know a bit about and want to explore further.

Also, include professions about which you don't know much.

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Assess Yourself

Before you can choose the right career, you must learn about yourself.

  • Your values, interests, soft skills, and aptitudes, in combination with your personality type
  • Make some occupations a good fit for you and others completely inappropriate.

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  • Sifting through career options is a task with near-limitless possibilities, so have fun with your job search. Be open to different options. Keeping an open mind open mind when it comes to your job position or job title will help you find a suitable fit easier.
  • Don’t box your options into one category. You might be qualified for jobs that you didn’t even know about.
  • Having experience in more than one spectrum makes you invaluable to employers, so a career change could result in making substantially larger amounts of money.

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Evaluate your current job satisfaction

Keep a journal of your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes

Which aspects of your current job do you like and dislike? Are your dissatisfactions related to the content of your work, your company culture or the people with whom you work

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You and you alone are responsible for creating your own future. 

Time to give serious thought to this life-shaping question: What exactly are you going to do with the rest of your life? There has never been a better time than right now to change the course of your life and that means changing your career.

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