How to choose a career in 4 steps

July 28, 2021
4 min read

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Probably every professional had to go through a career change at least once.

Here’s a short exercise you can do in your free time to increase your self-awareness, ‘find your sweet spots’ and get a taste of the service Wojo provides. And obviously, get closer to your dream career!

Think about your past experiences and strengths

A good starting point would be to assess yourself from a professional perspective. Is there something that you enjoy or that you’re really good at? Why do you think that is? Thinking about school, what subjects did you do well at, and why? Are you interested in following it up professionally or would you rather leave it behind? 

It might be useful to make a SWOT analysis to figure out your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It does require a fair bit of self-awareness – but just be honest with yourself! 

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Reassess your transferable skills

No matter what you choose, there is a certain list of transferable skills that you need in order to thrive in a workplace. Where are you with communication, organisation, teamwork, problem-solving, attention to detail? 

Some of those skills are more relevant to different careers – for example, you don’t exactly need to be great with numbers to be a PE teacher, and at the same time enjoying physical activities are not the main things that come to mind when it comes to investment bankers. 

Think about what roles are now in demand that require your transferable skills the most.

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Think about your desires and expectations

Wojo CEO and Co-founder Liz talks about how people’s expectations have shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

“Many people are reassessing how they want to work, whether they want to spend more time with their family because they have had the opportunity now, whether they want to work from home or be freelancers and how much they need to feel connected to what they do.”

Therefore, ask yourself – do you enjoy work-life balance? Do you like travelling? Do you want a rewarding and fulfilling career where you help others? Would you prefer flexible working arrangements or working under a shift pattern? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Maybe you would like to work fully remotely? 

These are all important questions that will help you eliminate certain professions or discover ones that you would have never thought about before! 

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Once you have listed your interests, completed your SWOT analysis, thought about your skills, and assessed your expectations, think what careers will align with it. For example, if you are interested in helping others, your strengths are empathy and building interpersonal relations and you have great communications skills – maybe a career as a nurse is something worth considering? Or if you like children – maybe becoming a teacher is an option for you?Make a list and research each profession carefully – do you think something sounds likely to make you feel passionate about it? If not, move on to the next one. 

We call this reflection “Finding Your Sweet Spot(s)” – it’s one of the many exercises available on the Wojo platform. After completing it, one of Wojo users said: 

“The main insight was that there are a lot of different options for me, outside of what I'm already good at or qualified in. 

And we could not agree more!

Lastly, and most importantly - remember, you’re doing this for yourself! So be honest and don’t rush those things! Take your time, be open minded and enjoy the process! 

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Why should you choose Wojo?

Wojo is your best place to start figuring everything out – human coaching can be expensive so why not sign up for free and take the reins of your professional development? 

This exercise is a taste of how well Wojo can help you systematise the process. In the words of our users –

‘It helped me structure my thoughts, highlight the main thing in my "selling" skills and correlate them with my shortcomings.’ 

Why not give it a go now? Sign up here and enjoy the benefits of our affordable career coaching service.

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