Choosing an Unlimited Career Path

Dr. Purushothaman
December 3, 2013

So, you know you need to start a career and choose a field of study but you are not sure where to set your focus. You are not alone" most people finish high school with little idea about what they want to do with their lives and many haven't  decided even twenty years later. While in our parents generation it was normal to stick with the same company for thirty years, nowadays with uncertain economic conditions and the ever volatile job market the average person will go through many career changes throughout their lives. Any career advisor will say the main thing is to know yourself " your interests, values, skills and personality preferences " before choosing a career path, but even then there are no shortage of options.

Its never a bad idea to take some time off before starting a new education, traveling the world without preconceptions to take a break from the subtle programming of society, challenge your survival skills and find your true self in the process. Follow your dreams while reconciling them with reality " it might look fun to be a lawyer on TV but understand what the full job description entails. While you  are  waiting for the uncertainty to clear, life is moving on unheeded and so a little trial and error will probably be necessary.

Many students start university or college with undeclared majors or general arts degrees that permit a wide variety of elective courses. Alternatively, one option is to choose a field that offers the potential for application in any of numerous possible futures. Business training is useful for pursuing careers in marketing, finance, manufacturing and much more. Even artists, architects and doctors with independent practices will need business skills at some point in their careers. Communication, organization, computer and accounting skills are valuable for a wide range of diverse occupations and can make you more adaptable to varying roles in the same company. It's  safe to say the more skills you possess, the better your job security.

If you think you may want to create your own company one day, business schools can provide the entrepreneurial skills that will give you the head start. Entrepreneurs typically have a higher tolerance for taking risks with strong leadership and problem solving skills. It takes a certain creativity and self-motivated drive to take an idea from page to product and a resilience to take set-backs in stride, learning constantly from mistakes and building on successes to reach the next level. Many new entrepreneurs underestimate the importance of establishing a solid business plan at inception, considering consumer demand, the competition and industry environment, necessary investments and developing realistic sales forecasts.

No matter which career you pursue, skills developed throughout years of diverse employment will build on your solid foundation of education. Successful entrepreneurs across a vast spectrum of seemingly unrelated fields possess the basics of business skills, such as accounting training.

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