Throughout this series I’m going to take you step-by-step through the process of finding a job in a career that you will love, how to get that job, and how to make the most money possible in that field. In part 2, I’m going to show you step-by-step how to discover what career path is best for you.
If you’re just finding out about this career series, you can check out the other posts in the series here:
To make this even more realistic and relatable, I’m going to go through this entire process in real life with the help of my lovely fiance, Krista!
First off, a little about Krista:
Instead of going the typical route of going straight into college, Krista started her adult life in the military. After she finished her duty with the US Army, she worked a variety of jobs like waitressing and bank teller roles before starting college.
When she decided it was time to goto college, she went to University of Cincinnati to complete her first 2 years of college.
Today, Krista is currently attending Indiana Wesleyan University as a junior in the Bachelor’s of Business Administration program.
At the start of this project she really didn’t know what she wanted to do, other than something within business field.
She knows that she wants to get into the business field but not quite sure which path she is going to take.
So… We’re going to take a little quiz to find out what Krista excels at. Follow along on your own to find out what career path will fit you best.
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HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL CAREER PATH WITH A PERSONALITY QUIZ
The first step she had to take was determining what career would fit her best. She knew she was interested in business and possibly marketing, but not totally sure which way she was going to go.
To help her understand what her strengths were and what her personality favored, we started out with a personality test to discover more about her.
There is a great personality test available for free at 16Personalities. Not only did Krista take the test, but I did as well.
It was mind boggling how accurate the report was. It felt like it knew me down to the details.
The test doesn’t take long at all, but the most important thing when doing is to take your time and answer the questions as honestly as possible.
I don’t want to bore you with all the details of how the personality test works behind the scenes, but it is based partially of one the most popular ideas from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. You can read all about their theory and how it works here.
If you’re not interested in all the details just know that it is amazingly accurate. Almost scary accurate!
It will tell you more about yourself than you would have ever imagined.
Best of all though, it’s going to tell you what career path people like you have been great at and enjoy, which is what we are looking for.
THE LOGICIAN PERSONALITY
Continuing with Krista’s journey…
After taking the test, Krista found out that she has a logician personality. After reading the report, she was shocked the results described her dead on.
We found out that she was very analytical and would most likely do well and enjoy roles like business analysts, business strategists, and engineering.
This was a huge eye opener and we most likely would have never realized her potential in these fields without the personality test.
This made us look even more into analytical business roles and Krista came upon the auditor role. While most would have no idea what that role is or even be interested, she knew from the test that this was something you may like and in addition it was also a detective type role that sparked her interest.
Even though she found out she was definitely built for analytical roles, she also wanted to keep the door open on possible business marketing roles. At least to try as an intern.
HOW TO FIND SALARY RANGES FOR A CAREER PATH
Next, we moved on to find out if there was actual money to be made in the this career path.
This is a major problem in the US!
Colleges are burying us in debt to get our degrees. On top of that, some of those degrees are nearly worthless for obtaining a job or even make a decent living from them!
In my opinion, I believe it is immoral and colleges should be held accountable for what they are teaching and selling us. Especially at such overpriced class rates.
However, you can avoid going down that path in your career by researching the salary ranges of your ideal career ahead of time, which is exactly what we are going to do now.
Here, you can enter your ideal career paths to get an estimate of what those careers are paying currently.
Krista entered Business Analyst and then enters her city: Cincinnati, Ohio.
It pulls information from job postings in the area to give you an estimate of salary ranges by career.
The Business Analyst role has an average salary of $84,096 in Cincinnati. This tells us that there is potential for Krista to make a decent living on this career path.
Just because the average is $84k, don’t expect to make that immediately. As an intern, Krista won’t make anywhere near that and even when she does start working full time after finishing college she will most likely start out on the low end of that scale which is about $37,000, but the point is, there is potential to make significantly more in this career path.
We now know that it’s not a dead end career!
She continues on with a few more career paths such as a marketing analyst career and an auditor career to discover more salaries. All provide decent incomes, some more than others, but none of them are dead end job situations, which is good!
Check out your ideal career paths to see if the income range is what you were expecting on Indeed.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF THERE ARE JOBS AVAILABLE IN YOUR CAREER PATH
The final step is find out if there are actually jobs available in that career path and in your area.
Some careers just aren’t suitable to your location and sometimes there just aren’t many jobs available in that field at all.
That’s why it’s so important to research if there are actual jobs available in that career path before jumping into it.
Go to Indeed.com and enter the job title and your city. Click Find Jobs.
Krista first entered Business Analyst and Cincinnati, Ohio to find out if there were jobs in that field.
Not only did she find jobs, but lots of jobs! She took a look at other career fields as well and found that all of them had many jobs available.
That’s exactly what we are looking for.
If you find very few jobs or none at all, it’s very possible you may be preparing for a career field that just doesn’t have many jobs available and will make it very hard for you to succeed in the future.
Take the personality test on 16Personalities and review the career paths.
Search for jobs on Indeed in your ideal career to see what you discover. Find a career path that meets this criteria:
A career you will love
A career that pays at least the amount of money you will need
A career that has a healthy amount of jobs available
In the next guide, we’ll talk about how to get qualified for your career. See you then!
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