Choosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right. THis writing explains a short process on how you can go about choosing a career and the process to follow when deciding on a course to help you kick start your chosen career.

Who Am I?
You will need to first get to know yourself. Why? The elements below represent the ingredients necessary to make a decision about your career. Thinking about and working through these elements will assist you with the decision you are making now, but also for any future decisions.

Present Circumstances
As you are thinking about studying, you have hopes that represent a picture of what you want from life or where you see yourself in the future. Think about your situation at the moment (for example you are a school leaver, unemployed, employed, a graduate or retrenched). Write down where you are at the moment and what you would like to change about your current situation.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Take a realistic look at your strengths and weaknesses. Write down three to five personal strengths and weaknesses. Also list why they are strengths or weaknesses?

Interests
Interests are important in relation to our choices. If you are interested in working with people for example, how would you want to help them? If you are interest in working with money, would you want to manage other people’s money?

What do you like doing? Write down at least three activities that you really enjoy (for example, reading books, gardening and playing soccer). Make some notes on how they relate to your interest in studying.

Values
You values show what is important to you. As such they have a significant effect on your career choices. Examples of values include: adventure, authority, challenge, community, creativity, excellence, helping, independence, integrity, knowledge, money power and security.

How to Choose a Career
Now that you know what your strengths, weaknesses, interests and values are it is time to think about your future.

Possible Careers

Our careers change continuously: this means that we need to be ready to make career decisions all the time. Write down possible careers you would consider.

Research

Research each of the careers on your list. The internet, newspaper, television and people around you are the best sources of information. Search for the following information regarding your selected list of careers:

Job Titles
What are the duties of such a position?
Compare remuneration packages
List the skills required for each career
What are the educational requirements?
What type of experience is required?
With your career selected, the next step is to choose a course. Make some notes or draw a picture about: What are you hoping will be different as a result of your studies? Where will you be in 2019? In 2024? What will you be? Who is with you?

Think about how to make your hopes for the future real. What practical things must you do to realize it? Think about it and make some notes.

Choose a Course
Have you decided what career field you are interested in? Choose a course related to your career field.

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