3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Making a Career Choice

Woman standing on the road, doubting about her professional career

When the time has come for making a career choice, you’d probably feel stuck.

After years of hard and laborious work, you’re finally graduating.

Career choice becomes the next important thing.

You’d have thought that choosing the right course to study is difficult.

Try sifting through job advertisements and determining the right company to start your career with.

To start a fulfilling career path, you should ask yourself better questions than just “What’s my passion?”

You need to consider

  • the practical aspects of your ambition,
  • your needs,
  • skillsets, and
  • what you’re willing to do and even give up.

Ask yourself these 3 essential questions to get your career started on the right path.

Career Question #1: Is this my choice?

Salary is practical to provide you with materialistic comfort or even luxury. However, it shouldn’t be a driving factor for your career choice.

By putting income first, you will soon find yourself going from job to job or company to company.

You won’t stay long enough to arrive at any personal accomplishment or growth.

This will harm your career progression.

Also, prospective employers may consider it as your unprofessionalism and lack of commitment.

Make sure that the job fulfils not only practical wants but also your personal choice.

Career Question #2: What excites me?

Do you remember a time where you lost track of time because you thoroughly enjoy what you do?

Perhaps it was when you were writing or working with children. But what if your academic qualification is for a completely different type of career?

You studied Marketing but found that you are passionate about Accounting.

This is far from it being the proverbial end of the word.

Look out for opportunities that let you work closely with the department that excites you.

For instance, you can do Marketing for a childcare centre while you work towards your Early Childhood education.

You can also work for a publishing company as you attend courses in Creative Writing.

Remember, there are always ways if you are clear of what excites you.

Career Question #3: Am I ready to fight for it?

Your professional life will undoubtedly be intertwined with your personal life.

So what are you prepared to work hard for or sacrifice in your search for a career?

Account Auditors will have to prepare to work long hours and give up on social life for two weeks in a month.

Event Managers will tell you to expect to ‘roll up your sleeves’ because no task is too small or mundane—from packing door gifts to setting up an event space.

The success of the project depends on the tiniest of details, but there will be instant job satisfaction.

Start Making the Right Career Choice

You can even engage an experienced Executive Life Coach to help you answer this question.

The world is indeed your oyster.

You just need to be honest and ask the questions that matter. This way, you can grow both professionally and personally.

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Anirudh Arvind

Anirudh Arvind

Anirudh Arvind, Regional Head & Senior Partner at Hatch Asia. He leads our Digital, Technology & Human Resources practice across Asia with substantial experience working with clients across multiple industries on assignments such as identifying high performing and high potential talent, building and rolling out global talent acquisition strategies, crafting out succession strategies and working with clients across the talent lifecycle

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