Asked • 07/10/19

What are the best ways to choose a career path?

Rebecca L.

Accenture Strategy found that a third of 2015 college graduates with a job are not working in their chosen field. For the classes of 2013 and 2014, almost half are underemployed or not working in jobs that require a college degree. Passion ranks highly in surveys about what millennials want out of work. The very best way to choose a career path is to: 1) Learn about yourself. What are your goals? What are you good at? What type of work do you enjoy? What kind of work–life balance do you want for my future? 2) Learn About Careers Research the careers that you are interested in by learning about: Job Outlook Salary Education Requirements Work Environment Travel Opportunities, 3) Learn about Career Preparation Do you need additional training to pursue this career? Or do you have skills from previous jobs that you could use in your new career? 4) Align Your Education with that career Research what education is required. Will you need to get an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree? Or do you need an apprenticeship or certificate program? Should you apply for an internship or work experience program? Research financial options Will you need to apply for financial aid? Will you need to work part–time while attending school? These are all important in choosing the program and school that are right for you. Choose a school & program Research schools and programs. Find out if the school offers part–time, full–time, daytime, nighttime, or online options. Will you receive classroom or hands–on training or both? Ask about financial aid and application deadlines. 5) Seek out career coaches Get a career coach early. It's that person’s job to help connect people with careers they’ll love. “Career coaches are generally masters at networking, and can often access resources you may not find without their help,” Debra Yergen, Executive Director of Yakima (Washington) Schools Foundation & author of Creating Job Security. 6) Interview other people or network Look for opportunities for informational interviews. Meeting people, asking questions, and getting feedback is the best way to get your career questions answered and build a team of professionals who are looking out for you and invested in your future. Start with people you already know—a work or internship supervisor, professor, or someone you already know working in a field you’re interested in. Be friendly and willing to learn. 7) Be committed to growing Most professionals will tell you that their career path was not necessarily logical or well laid-out. Your career path will likely take a few twists and turns along the way to achieving your dreams. Be flexible and willing to learn and grow every day.


1 Expert Answer


Zack P. answered • 08/21/19

Python Developer: Web Development, Automation, Data Science

Still looking for help? Get the right answer, fast.

Ask a question for free

Get a free answer to a quick problem.
Most questions answered within 4 hours.


Find an Online Tutor Now

Choose an expert and meet online. No packages or subscriptions, pay only for the time you need.