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Long gone are the days when a job was for life. Today’s professionals change jobs frequently, moving between a number of companies and industries during the course of their careers. There are many advantages to this career freedom such as the amount of choice open to young professionals. However, for some too much choice can be confusing and overwhelming.

If you are currently unemployed, just finished you studies or not happy in your current job here are some tips to help you make the right decision and choose the right career path:

What are you passionate about?

A good salary will keep you motivated in a job, but only to a point. You need a role that is rewarding and meaningful in order to stay happy and fulfilled in the longer term. The more passionate you feel about your job the more likely you will be successful and advance your career. Think about what you enjoy doing and match those activities to a career.

What are your strengths?

We all have different talents – the trick is to match those skills to a career. Take the time to think about what tasks come easily to you and you will begin to create a list of your transferable skills. The more you enjoy doing something the less it will feel like ’work’.

Get the right work/life balance.

A work/life balance is something we would all like, but don’t always have. Depending on your situation different things will matter more. For example, is a shorter commute important to you? Do you want to keep your weekends free to spend time with the kids? Does it matter what time you finish at the end of the day? Consider factors such as location, hours and overtime commitments when applying for jobs.

What is your personality type?

Your personality will dictate how happy you are in different work environments. Looking at this simply, are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? An introvert, for example, may prefer a job working from home or in a small office. An extrovert, on the other hand, may be happier in a customer-facing role or in a busy office. You may also want to consider other factors such as travel or public speaking.

How do you deal with stress?

Some people thrive under pressure and produce their best work when in a stressful situation. Others prefer a more laid-back approach to get the job done. In most careers you will have to meet some kind of deadline, but your stress levels don’t have to go through the roof to achieve great results. Find a role that matches your stress threshold and stay happy.

How important is money?

Think about your salary expectations. If money is what drives you there are careers that will pay well. But if money is less of a motivating factor you may find that job satisfaction is the additional reward you need. Plus, there may be opportunities for promotion in the future.[/text_DD] [/column_DD] [/section_DD]

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