Choosing a career direction may seem like an overwhelming challenge to some while others might feel strongly about where their passions lie from a young age. The best decisions are made when you are well informed of the options available and when the decision feels right.
Once you have a good sense of your interests, personality, values and skills, you will find it easier to recognise career and job opportunities that would be fulfilling for you. You might like to start by taking the CareersPortal Interest Profiler in order to help you make decisions based on a good self-understanding.
When choosing a career direction, think of the bigger picture e.g. exploring career sectors such as Business / Medicine / Fashion and work your way towards the specific job roles that appeal to you most in those areas.
Also consider the qualifications necessary to get there. Is studying an academic subject for a number of years something that appeals to you or would you prefer to be doing something practical with less time spent in a classroom or library. Remember there are also opportunites to earn and learn with more industries introducing apprenticeship style courses.
Think about any two people making a choice about their career. Both may be in similar situations and their career research may reveal that both have equal opportunities available to them. Reason would suggest that both should make the same decision. But, they are different people - they feel differently about the world.
The decisions they make must take their personal characteristics into consideration. Knowing how you feel and what you care about matters a lot when it comes to career decisions.
Visit our section on Choosing a Career for lots of useful information on knowing yourself, doing the research and exploring your options.