Find Your Career Niche

Debbie Jin By Debbie Jin, 16th Dec 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2j2l_0aa/
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It's easy to get into the feel like that of a lab rat in an experimental maze. Just imagine being in a position where you are feeling cold, hungry, lost, entirely clueless and very fearful. You can get into such a fix fast- you only have to think that you're completely clueless about where you are heading in life.

Possible Ways to Find Your Career Niche

It's easy to get into the feel like that of a lab rat in an experimental maze. Just imagine being in a position where you are feeling cold, hungry, lost, entirely clueless and very fearful. You can get into such a fix fast- you only have to think that you're completely clueless about where you are heading in life.

Being directionless on which field of work you should be getting into is one way of getting into such a fix. Where a lab rat might sniff its way out of hunger, you need to expend much more cognitive energies to get through life. Of course, we humans are more sophisticated than rats, fairly so we have more sophisticated problems to deal with. Some situations allow bailing out and ready solutions, some life scenarios call for major decision-making and careful judgements yet other problem areas in life might have only their dead-ends beckoning, after many brilliant solutions have been tried and failed. For some, finding a career niche might be that chase.

Here's some of the things that I find helpful which you can note when attempting to discover your career niche, bearing in mind it's going to be a journey in every sense of the word.

1. Knowing Yourself Well.
The first thing you need to do is to know where you stand now. You are going to be the key instrument in performing the job so a through assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, your preferences and dislikes, your personality traits, your life history and your life philosophies, is going to be of paramount importance. Go for that career personality test you have been procrastinating to do before this! Seek out more time for better self understanding, through means of written materials, e.g self-help books and go for more social interactions. Attend a self-discovery course, i.e. guided autobiography course or even a counselling certificate programme nearby.

2. Know the Career Options.
After knowing yourself better, the next thing to do is to link everything you are to the job role of your choice. For this to happen, you need to know the career options around. That means you have to be familiar with the different job scopes and job descriptions of various career paths that you think you might be suitable for. Various websites offer detailed job descriptions of what a job seeker can expect if working in that position. O*Net Online is one of those that offers detailed descriptions of work positions. You might be interested in how much you will be paid for those positions you have highlighted as possible which websites like PayScale, Salary.com and other job sites can offer insights on. By knowing your own expectations of the career you wish to embark on and aligning them to realistic benchmarks in the industry sector of your choice, will be helpful. It helps to prevent disappointments and early dropout from the sector.

3. Volunteer and Be an Intern in the Industry of your choice!

Having a clearer picture of who you are and where you wish to go into, the next step will be to gain some feel of the work you hope to get into! Say you are keen in the social services sector,simply by offering your service with volunteering, you will get a first-hand picture and feel of how the ground situations are like. People with similar personality types might survive better and thrive longer in different sectors; some industries just favour some kind of personalities better than other types. One doesn't see a person who enjoys talking and public speaking to do purely data-entry work. Attrition from the work will happen soon after hiring, just because there is an obvious mismatch between personnel and work. If you are fortunate enough, you might be an intern where some minimal form of payment alongside with on the ground work can be expected. Moreover, interns usually get more work formally than volunteers, since they are paid and volunteers are not.

To be clueless about your career niche can be an intimidating experience. Along the journey of finding your career calling, you can keep these in mind: always seek to know yourself well first. With good self-knowledge, one should actively narrow down the search to a few industry sectors, capitalizing on one's strengths and suitability. With that list of sectors of your choice, actively know more about the various job roles in each sector. Lastly, volunteer your service either informally or as an intern in organisations of that sector which you seek to go into. It's always best to know that bit more before stepping in.

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Career Path, Career Personality Tests, Internships, Job Descriptions, Salary Information, Volunteering

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author avatar Debbie Jin
I'm an elder care worker. I enjoy writing about my field of work and the social sciences which I am more familiar with.

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