Most of us are in the position of making a career choice very early on in life and when we are young, it isn’t so easy to decide whether or not the career we choose will suit us for a lifetime. Making a good career choice is actually about a lot more than choosing a job; it’s about choosing something that will provide you with the lifestyle you seek. Don’t decide until you’re ready. Although this seems obvious advice, too many young people feel pressured into making a choice before they are really sure of what it is they want to do. In fact, many young people don’t even know who they are, let alone what they want to become! If you need time, take off a year or two to go and discover yourself and what you’re good at. School doesn’t teach you a lot of life skills – life does. Many successful people take off time to slowly work out what it is that makes them tick and brings them fulfillment.
Instead of trying to narrow down your options, it can be helpful to keep open as many options as possible within your chosen trade, profession, or field of expertise. That way, you gain maneuverability and flexibility as you and the job change. For example, if you want to be a marine biologist, why not consider also taking a course in photography and writing, so that you can write or photograph stories about what is under the sea on a freelance basis. Keeping open your options might mean a little extra study but it will be worth it in the long run when you gain increased flexibility.