Navigating Career Options: Tools and Resources for Career Discovery

Charlotte Miller

Whether you’re fresh out of high school looking into a new career or you’re ready for something new, finding the right career path for you can be a journey in itself. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools available for people looking to find a job and work that is perfect for their passions, lifestyles, and financial needs. Here are some things you can consider on your path of career discovery:

Do online tests and quizzes

While this may not be for everyone and probably isn’t the only option that you should do when trying to make such a big decision as a career, online tests, and quizzes can actually provide quite a bit of insight into your personality style and aptitude, which can help lead you in the right direction.

You may have been thinking about joining a medical assistant program or pursuing a career in the arts, but aren’t quite sure your personality or skills are aligned. With the various options for self-assessment online, you can get a bigger picture of the kinds of jobs that may fit you and your needs.

Work with career mentors

When you want to determine the right path for you, you could always use a bit of professional help. Career mentors have the expertise and experience to help you find the careers that could suit you. They work closely with you to determine your skills, understand your personality, and help you make the kind of plan that will take you from thinking about a job to helping you get that kind of job that you want. It can be difficult to decide on one career path, but with the right mentor, it gets a little easier.

Hire a life coach

If you need a bit more support and a close connection with someone guiding you towards your career discovery, a life coach could be a great option. They can work with you on many things that go beyond just your career, but those things can help you discover the kind of career that would make you the happiest. If you’re someone who has been working a career that you chose as a youth, but you know that you’re destined for more and want to find something that makes you happy and satisfied in the workplace, a life coach could be right for you.

Speak to your school counselor

If you’re still in school but are thinking ahead on what kind of career path you may want to choose, it’s a good idea to talk to your school counselor. Many schools offer counseling for higher education and can provide you with valuable input to point you in the right direction.

Chances are that your school counselor knows you well and can offer some insight into the kinds of careers that could make you happy. They could also point you toward schools or programs that could help you learn what you need to know to succeed in your desired career.

Get out and experiment

At the end of the day, a great option for choosing a career is to simply get out there and try things. For young people who are fresh out of school, you may not yet know everything about yourself or what you’d really like to do. Trying out different jobs and experiences could help you discover things about yourself that allow you to get started toward success in discovering the career that’s right for you. It may take time, but if you don’t yet feel ready to decide, it’s okay to explore options and life experiences.  

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In Conclusion

As you think about your future and work, you may feel a bit overwhelmed regarding decisions on careers. These tips can help you discover options that will make it easier for you to choose the right career path for you and your future. From career mentors to life coaches, there are options available to provide you with the guidance you need to make the best decision for you.