We hear from many people who want to start a new career but are having difficulty deciding what they should go into. Usually, they are attracted to several different careers, and feel they can’t choose among them.
Does that sound like you? Are you hoping to “keep your options open” and make a career decision “later”? In fact, feeling like you are unable to choose among several careers can be a way to procrastinate and avoid pursuing any of them. You might think you can wait until you know “for certain” which career is best for you to go after, but the reality is that you might never be absolutely certain.
Some of the negative beliefs we discussed in another article (such as “I might choose the wrong career. I might not be good at it. It will probably turn out to be something I don’t like.”) could keep you from ever pursuing a new career, unless you take action in spite of your fears.
So for now, just choose one career that you want to pursue — any one. Remember, you can change your mind later. The idea is to get in the habit of choosing, so you don’t get stuck in procrastination. Then follow the steps and answer the following questions from the “Goal-Setting Worksheet” in our book Dream Careers:
As you start identifying the steps you’ll need to take to break into that career, you will have an opportunity to decide whether this is the career you really want to go after right now.
If you think that you’re not the type of person who can achieve a career goal, think again. You have set and achieved thousands of goals in your life. In fact, every day of your life you are setting and achieving goals. If you doubt this, just think about what you do during a typical day.
Do you sleep until sometime in the afternoon, then get up and wander around your home until it’s time to go back to sleep again? No, you have goals and you have plans. You decide what you’ll eat, where you’ll go, and what you’ll do — and you do it. All day long you make decisions and take actions. You envision a goal and you achieve it. If you change your mind, you are essentially setting a new goal to achieve.
Using the same basic techniques, you have probably also set and achieved some more important life goals as well such as completing a course or being hired for a job. Where you are right now in your life is a direct result of all the thousands of goals, both large and small, that you have set for yourself and achieved so far.
You know how to make things happen and achieve your goals. So if you are dreaming of a career change, set a goal to make it happen. Start a new career by researching certificate courses offered by the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College). For more information, visit https://www.iapcollege.com/program-category/certificate-courses-online.