A career is an individual's journey through learning, work and other aspects of life. (Career, 2015)


The idea of a career is often established in children during their early elementary years. When you are young, your career ideas may change frequently and the possibilities seem endless. As you being to reach late adolescence, your career decisions generally become more stable and you obtain a clearer idea of what type of career you may want to pursue. (Ormrod, 2011, p. 384)

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How to choose a career (if you have no idea what you want to do)

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What do I like to do? What am I good at? What are my interests, hobbies, skills, and talents and how can I apply these to a potential job?
  2. What is my work style? Are you organized and structured or are you more flexible and can easily adapt to frequent changes? Understanding your work style can help guide you into the type of work place you would like to position yourself into.
  3. Where do I like to work? Do you enjoy being a part of a small or large group? Do you want to travel or are you content with staying in place? These are all factors to consider when thinking of a potential career and what best suits the work environment you would enjoy. Some may enjoy a small business while others may strive in a large corporation.
  4. Do I enjoy social interaction? Do you like working as part of a team or do you prefer working individually?
  5. How much money do I want to make? Salaries will differ depending on the career path and range of opportunities and potential offered within that career.

Choosing a career is never a permanent decision and recognizing that you can change careers is important to understand. As you enter a career, you may learn more about your likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and you may in fact want to change career paths based on what you’ve learned. Re-evaluating your goals is necessary as often times factors in our life influence a change to our wants and needs.

Explore careers that may interest you
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The US Department of Labor offers an Occupational Handbook that breaks down careers by industry, occupation, and provides job summaries, level of education needed, and median pay.
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Top 10 Best Jobs of 2015
U.S. News provided the below list of top jobs for 2015 based on best pay, challenging with minimal stress, room for growth, and currently hiring
  1. Dentist
  2. Nurse practitioner
  3. Software developer
  4. Physician
  5. Dental hygienist
  6. Physical therapist
  7. Computer systems analyst
  8. Information security analyst
  9. Registered nurse
  10. Physician assistant


Career. (2015, January 31). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:45, February 7, 2015, from

Ormrod, J.E. (2011). Educational Psychology: Developing Learners, 7/e. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Created by: Kate Hourigan