There are hundreds of career options available. How do you make a career choice when you don’t know what you want to do? Does it seem like an insurmountable task? Yes. You need to put some time and energy into making your decisions.

To make a good career choice one must understand the following steps:

  1. Assess yourself: Before you can make a career choice you have to learn about yourself, your values, interest and skills, along with certain personality characteristics. There may be some careers especially suitable for you. For this you need self assessment tools, called career tests, which can only be used optimally with the help of career counselors.

  2. Make the lists of different occupations: There are thousands of occupations, but only few can suit you. Make a short list, consisting of five to ten, in which you are more interested, circle it, think over it and write these occupations on a separate page. You can give the heading like "occupations to explore".

  3. Narrow down your occupational list: Out of various occupations, sort it out and limit to two or three. Now, you must identify the different aspects of the job description, educational qualifications requirement, inquire about the other requirements, promotional opportunities and earnings, geographical locations, job hazards, etc.

  4. Set your goals: Now, it is expected that you have decided to go for a particular occupation. Now is the time to put a plan in place, which requires some goal setting.

  5. Prepare an action plan: After setting the goals, you will need to decide how to reach them. For this a career action plan will guide you, as you pursue your long and short- term goals. Work hard to achieve your goal and be focused on it.

There are certain myths about career choice, which you should always avoid while making a career choice and you should be aware about them. These are:

  • “Choosing a career is a simple task”.

  • “A career counselor can tell, what occupation to pick.”

  • “I cannot make a living from my hobby.”

  • “Making a lot of money will make me happy.”

  • “Once I choose a career, I will be stuck in it forever.”

  • “If I change my career my skills will go waste.”

  • “If my best friends/relatives are happy, I will be too.”

  • “All I have to do is to pick an occupation.”

  • “There is very little I can do to learn about an occupation, without actually working on it.”