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Find the Right Creative Career Path for You

Find the Right Creative Career Path for You

What's the right career path for YOU?

Jose Fermoso | ArtBistro

Feeling like you are no longer passionate about your career? Do you wonder if you are in the right career? Want a change of pace? You need to find what your career destiny has in store for you!

In order to find the career that’s right for you, you need to analyze your work skills and learning style, define your true interests, and reassess your economic expectations. Here are some tips on how to make it happen!

Match Your Interests, Skills

You need to know your true interests before you make a career decision. Career experts believe matching your interests to actual job tasks is most fulfilling long-term. But knowing your interests is harder than it seems. Many have a ready-set list of things they do or don’t like without fully examining why they feel this way in the first place. For example, many confuse their enjoyment of shopping with the ability to become a clothing designer. It’s possible a shopper can learn how to become a designer, but the part of shopping that engages her might be the research involved and not the clothes. She might have terrible aesthetic sense but an astute business capacity. Essentially, people need to make an honest personal assessment to know what they want.

In order to know your career competency, you also need to assess the level of your current skills. Meeting with a career counselor, taking aptitude tests, or seeking advice from an industry expert will help you find out. You can then figure out how to improve your skills through education.

Before you pick a school, you need to determine the type of learning style that best suits you. Education experts have found that the three most common ways of learning are auditory, experiential, and visual. Knowing which way you learn will help you learn new concepts most effectively and maximize your time in school. It will also help you determine your job suitability. A visual learner is more likely to find architecture or design work more fulfilling and fun.

Get Your Economic Priorities in Order

Next, assess your economic priorities. Figure out the difference between how much money you would like to make and how much you need to make in relation to your location, family situation, career earning potential, and investments and debts. These figures often won’t match so you’ll have to make a tough decision: Move forward with the job type that matches your exact interests or figure out how you can use your skills in a higher-paying occupation.

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