How to choose one's career I Right selection of Career I Knowing your Preferences I


         A career allows us to be engaged in an occupation of our choice. Every occupation requires certain educational and professional qualifications. One can succeed in a particular occupation only when the abilities, aptitudes, interest and also the personality required for that occupation are possessed by him. Therefore right selection of career is very important. Whereas right selection of career will lead to happiness, fulfilment and success, on the other hand wrong selection of career will lead to unhappiness, discontentment and failure. Take up a career which is best suited and that is the only way to prosper in life. Here I am going to write about how to select the right career and become successful in life to the level of our dreams.

Choosing of your career is not something that can be done in a moment, in a day or even in a week. It may take time, sometimes even years to decide the right career. Therefore while deciding your career you have to analyze yourself. You have to analyze your personality; your wants, desires or dreams that you want to fulfil in your life and finally you have to decide your career all by yourself. But however relating to the various career opportunities and their scopes, you can consult a career counsellor. Here I want to sum up the most important points as I feel, to decide one’s career in life. The key ideas of this writing I have borrowed from “How to select your Career” by Uttam Dave. I also would like to request all the readers to go through the book “First Things First” by Stephen R. Covey to get the knowledge regarding finding out your preferences in life and becoming a successful person. Both the books will be immensely helpful to you in choosing your career and achieving your goals in life.

Now take few minutes of time and try to write down the answers of all the questions in each of the following heads to find out what career you want to choose.


To select your career, first you have to know yourself. You have to know what type of person you are and what your personality traits are. To find out answer the following questions:

What do you love doing the most?

What do you day dream?

What are the things that you don’t want to let it happen in your life? 

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

What qualities of Character do you admire in others?

Do you accept challenges or run away from them?

You also should have a vision of your desired lifestyle. What type of lifestyle do you want and what is your desired standard of living to make a happy and complete living that you have to know and decide by yourself. Now answer the following questions:

What working conditions do you prefer?

Where will you love to work – in urban areas, villages or in the cities?

What type of house do you want to live in?

What type of transportation do you prefer?

What entertainment, recreation or vacation you want and how frequently?

How many hours you want to work on a daily basis?


Before taking your career decision you have to know the career options and to find out the career which is most suitable to you. Some of the career options I am listing here which are basically meant for only students of Humanities:

Actor                               Distributor                       Marketing Manager

Advertising Manager      Economist                        Medical Representative

Air Hostess                     Educationist                     Model

Airlines Ticketer             Electrician                       Music Director

Anchor                            Editor                               Photographer

Auto Dealer                     Exports Manager             Politician

Bank Manager                 Farmer                             Publisher

Beauty Therapist             Fashion Designer             Reporter

Business Consultant        Graphic Designer             Script Writer

Call Centre Executive     Hospital Administrator    Social Worker

Caterer                            Income Tax Consultant    Software Engineer

Choreographer                Insurance Agent               Sportsman

Copy Writer                    Interior Designer              Teacher

Counsellor                       IT Consultant                   Travel Agent

Creative Director            Journalist                          Video Editor

Designer                          Lawyer                             Web Journalist

Detective                         Librarian

(N.B. This list is given here to provide you an idea about the various career opportunities. However this list is not full and final. Find out career  options as per your own requirements from other sources.)

Now  answer these questions to find out your career decision:

What are the goals you want to achieve in your life?  
What are your preferences?

What are your mental needs and capacities?

If you had unlimited time and resources, what would you choose to do?

What resources do you have to achieve your goals?

What time limit you want to fix to achieve your goals?

After answering all these questions in written form, try to understand them. Perhaps you might be able to discover certain new things about you. Don’t underestimate your preferences and values. Understand and evaluate your preferences or options. Which preferences do you consider as the most important one? Don’t leave any room for repentance later on. Decide your career consciously and wholeheartedly.

And finally you will come to know your decision about the choice of your career. This is your fundamental step for a successful life. While choosing our career we always have to remember the famous quote of Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, “Small aim is a crime.” We should not lower our standard to make our goals easier to achieve. But I would like to conclude as said by Swami Vivekananda, “You have to upgrade yourself to the level of your goal.” Go ahead in your life by choosing your career wisely.  All the Best!


Inspiration for Students by My Dear Students: HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CAREER
How to choose one's career I Right selection of Career I Knowing your Preferences I
Inspiration for Students by My Dear Students
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