What Career Is Right For Me?

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If you are looking to start a new information technology career, you may be wondering about how to choose the right career.

This post helps you answer that question.

After reading this post, feel free to ask a question or discuss the topic by posting your opinion or comments.

  1. What do you love to do? start off by reviewing all the productive things that you love to do and then compile a list of careers from them.

    For example, if you like repairing electronic hardware, you may consider becoming a hardware or network support specialist or if you like writing, you may consider becoming a technical writer or a business analyst.

  2. What do you have some background or experience in?: review your previous working experience or background for skills that you ca re-use in a new IT careers.

    For example, if you have a background in marketing and sales, you may consider becoming a technical recruiter and if you have a background in programming electrical circuits you may consider going into computer programming.

  3. What are you interested in doing? you may develop a list of careers based on what you already know about information technology.

    For example, you may may be interested in becoming a web designer because you are interested in designing flashy or artistic websites or websites.

    While in college, I realized that I had a desire to connect and relate to people.

    I was the kind of person that would sit through and listen to someone’s sad or happy story … so I knew later on, when the opportunity presented itself that I was really interested in becoming a career coach!

  4. Research Job Postings: Job postings on Dice.com, Monster.com, CareerBuilder.NET and other job boards come with a description of each job.

    Using careful, methodical research and analysis, you can categorize these job postings and document the requirements, skill level, technologies or environments for each job.

    Finally, you can review and choose the types of careers that seem interesting based on your research of current demand for skill sets.

  5. SWOT Analysis : you can use a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis to determine the suitability of one career option versus another.

    For example, you can use a SWOT Analysis to compare your suitability for a business analyst job versus your suitability for a computer programming job.

    A SWOT Analysis also helps because it serves as a reality check and it helps you review the assumptions for choosing one career over another.

  6. Consider The Market Demand: you can research a list of jobs and use the information about the demand for each job, salary or compensation and career prospects to determine the attractiveness of each career path.

    This method may suit you, if you are driven or motivated by compensation.

    Also considering the demand for your skills apart from the compensation provides you with better on the future prospects of the career.

    It is a mistake to consider the pay, salary or compensation for a career without considering the market demand for the career because the two things are not the same!

  7. Consider The Learning Curve: how easily you learn, understand or apply information in a new career is a direct result of your suitability for the career.

    For example, if you choose to become a business analyst and you find it hard to study, understand and recall business analysis topics, then you may be going into the wrong profession!

    same thing with being a computer programmer … I have met folks that have computer science degrees from 4 year colleges … yet they can’t read a programming book out of pure self interest or by themselves!

This post addresses the challenge of picking or choosing the right information technology career.

If you have a question or a challenge about this, you may post it as a comment on this page or send it in using our contact form!




2 Responses to "What Career Is Right For Me?"

  1. boknoy9   February 22, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Hello

    I want to pursue my programming language skill but yet i cannot continue on it.,
    what should i do? i have a recent job right now and im focusing to my future to become a computer expert have a great salary income in the near future

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  2. Girard   September 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Finding the right career path and mentor(s) to guide you.

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