Ask a recent Nigerian graduate what his plans are, and his typical response would be “I want a job”. In reality most graduate don’t know that there is a big difference between a job and a career. A job is something or work an individual do earn money but a career the pursuit of a lifelong ambition. Although you need a job to make a successful career, in this case you don’t chose any job but a job that would fit into your long term goals. This is the reason a typical Nigerian worker is disgruntled and dissatisfied with work. Sadly, there is no end in sight to this trend.
There is a way out, and this is where choosing the right career path comes in. Innate in every individual, are unique skills and abilities that are God-given. Most times, such skills are left untapped and leave us no option, but to settle with the available. Here are ways to choosing a successful career path:
Choose a Vocation You Are Passionate About
The famous quote by Confucius say’s “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. The context of this quote has been proven over time again because when you love what you do, you will never get tired in doing it. The love and passion keeps you going and makes you to put in all the best of your ability, which is what you need to succeed in your choosen career.
Find Your Flair
Finding your flair is one of the challenging parts of choosing your career path. Most people feel that they do not have a unique skillset, but the truth is that everyone does. Talking, writing in itself is a skillset, hence the need for a career in journalism. Take a good assessment of yourself to discover what you are good at doing. Google, take ability tests read and discover what you love doing the most, no matter how insignificant it is. Career advisors and councellors usually administer tests, to place people in their right paths. Take charge and pay a visit to them, to tow the right line.
Acquire Knowledge and Skill
Now that you have discover what you want to do, the next step is to get the required knowledge and skill. There are some skills that are intent and some that you are required to learn in other to be successful. You need to develop yourself by reading books, take courses, attend seminars or workshop and networking event in other to propel you for greatness in the future.
we all expect to earn millions at the first attempt of our career, but there are immense joys in humble beginnings. Have a mindset that things will not go smoothly, in the beginning, but great oaks grow from little acorns. You should search for jobs in relation to your career goal, even if you have to forego the high paying job offers. You can also seek internship or apprenticeship in other to learn and acquire the necessary knowledge for your trade. Keep in mind that no matter what profession you choose, you are better paid base on your knowledge and how you can turn into solving a problem, so no knowledge is a waste.
Take advice from people that have excelled in your chosen area. It might be people you know, it might be people you don’t. if there are engineers, doctors, teachers or any profession of your choice, seek them, either face to face of any form of connecting medium and connect with them. Ask them how they overcame adversity and became successful and follow their cue.
Stick to Your Career Path
there is that fear that not everyone will agree with your career path. Your flair, to an outsider may seem a waste, and people you know and love, might question your motives. However, this should not derail you. You have to beat the odds, for one major reason: you love what you do. Do not let anyone put you down or discourage you from choosing your career path, because with time, it would become clearer. Develop a thick skin and be hell bent on pursuing your flair, and become so great at what you do, that you prove your antagonists wrong.
By learning how to research options, realise your strengths, develop your skills and making a needed change, you can discover the right career path for you. Regardless of the fact that you’re just leaving school, finding opportunities limited in your current position or, like many in this harsh economy, facing unemployment, it may be time to consider your career path.