This topic has 5 sections:
- 5 Signs That You Are in the Wrong Job
- Why Is Choosing the Right Career So Important?
- Online Career Tests
- Links to Career / Job Websites
- Careers in Demand
A) Five (5) Signs That You Are in the Wrong Job:
- You have low to non-existent job satisfaction.
- Only the money and/or benefits keep you there.
- You are getting sick more often for no explainable reason even though you are generally healthy.
- Your job drains you of all of your energy: physically, psychologically, and even spiritually. You feel exhausted all of the time.
- You look forward to your vacation time as an escape from your job.
B) Why Is Choosing the Right Career so Important?
Choosing the right career is crucial for your happiness. If you do not make the right choice you can waste a lot of time, money, and effort just to land up doing a job you hate. Be smart, plan ahead for your happiness and success. It may not be easy, but it is worth the time and effort.
Several years ago, a job satisfaction survey of workers was performed throughout the United States. The results of the survey were shocking, yet believable: At least 80% of the survey respondents reported being unhappy with their jobs. That is almost the entire workforce. Why such a high percentage? Probably because most people have never planned for the right career. Most people go from one job to the next, looking for that “perfect” job, but never finding it. Even taking a job that pays more money than the last one does not guarantee more job satisfaction.
Like most people, you have more than likely just “fallen” into your current career. You probably finished high school or college and needed a job. Someone you knew told you about a job opening, you applied, and got the job. Years later you are probably still there or have taken other jobs along the way. You know that you have to work to survive, but you do not have a clue as to what job suits you.
Instead of concentrating on how much money you may make or whether the career is in high demand do something basic: follow your passion. If your passion is to write, then become a writer or journalist. Do not become a doctor or lawyer just because it would make your parents happy. Your parents are not the ones who have to trudge off to work every day to do something they hate. Yes, the neighbors may be proud of you if you become a doctor but so what! You are here on this earth to live your own life–not someone else’s!
Whatever career you choose has to suit your personality. Your passion stems from your personality; it is part of it. Become familiar with your likes and dislikes first, then make your career choice.
C) Online Career Tests
1) Go to: www.wistechcolleges.org. Click the “Explore Careers” dropdown menu and choose “Career Interest Questionnaire”.
Note: This test gives you a list of potential career clusters (different careers that may suit you).
2) Go to: tests.dreamfoundation.eu Note: This test determines the three most suitable career types for you (based on your highest score in each career type).
D) Links to Career / Job Websites
- Monster Jobs (U.S.A.) – www.monster.com
- Monster Jobs (Canada) – www.monster.ca
- US Government Jobs (with US Federal Government) – www.usajobs.gov
- Canadian Federal Government Jobs – www.emplois-jobs.gc.ca
- Telecommute Jobs (USA) – www.indeed.com
- Telecommute Jobs (Canada) – ca.indeed.com
- Job Listings (for USA) – www.americanjobs.com
E) Careers in Demand in the USA
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) the nine fastest growing careers are:
- Web Developer
- Personal Financial Advisor
- Occupational Therapist
- Nurse Practitioner
- Home Health Aide
- Personal Care Aide
- Physical Therapist
- Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic
Some interesting projected high demand careers include:
a) Genetic Counselor
b) Solar Photovoltaic Installer
c) Wind Turbine Service Technician