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Top Tips to choose a Prosperous Career Path

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  • By PR Team
  • 3 October, 2017

Most times after we have obtained a matric qualification, we are pressured into choosing a qualification that has promising career possibilities. This can lead to us make an uninformed decisions that we think we want, only to later learn that we want to go a completely different route. It is never too late to discover who you could be and make a decision about your career that will positively impact your future.

Once you have realised that the qualification you are studying towards is not going to help you in the career you want to get into, then it is time to make the change. This is an opportunity to redirect your life and re-establish your career goals.

Firstly, no qualification is a waste and there is always some value out of it that you can apply to your success. However, it helps to make a well-informed decision about career paths and courses, and to choose one that will be fulfilling and create a prosperous future.

Whether you have already chosen to study a course in a field you now realise you dont love or you are about to choose a course for the first time, you can make a better decision using good career advice. You can make a better choice through career counselling, researching different careers and doing multiple self-assessment exercises that will help you with your choice. This preparation will ensure that you take a mindful decision that will align with your goals and aspirations.

Assess yourself to find out which Career suits you 

Self-assessment is a vital exercise that will help you understand yourself better and help you take the right decision. This exercise will assess your values, your strengths, your aptitude and soft skills to help you define yourself better.

There is a lot of enriching revelations that you can gain by measuring yourself through the available self-assessment tests. You get to discover what you are really good at and match those skills and interests to jobs and a career. For example, you may be someone who naturally cares about assisting people, you can be a great organiser and be someone who finds delight interacting with people. Through research, you will learn that there are jobs that require people who have such soft skills and attributes. You could take up a job as an administrator and help the company become organised, while you also liaise with people. This is why when companies are looking for candidates to fit job roles, they also describe the qualities that they think the person should possess.

Knowing all these factors about yourself, allows you to accurately measure your ability and potential. This will guide you and allow you to match your assessment with relevant career paths that you can choose from.

Learn about Courses and Career opportunities 

It is important to enlighten yourself on what industries and fields are out there and how they operate. This means having a broad overview of what different courses offer, which colleges offer the course and knowing the career paths you can take with the qualification.

It then becomes your responsibility to explore the prospects in the potential career paths that you want to get in to. This will help you make a decision that will be advantageous to your career and allow you the opportunities that you desire.

Career Counselling 

Career counselling is helpful in that it broadens your perspective on the different fields and courses that you can pursue. Whether you attend a career workshop or have a one-on-one consultation, this is an investment that will inspire you to make smart choices.

Through career guidance events, students can receive testimonials from graduates in various industries and draw inspiration from them. These events empower students to learn about the different fields and jobs that are available in the field. Here they can discover what it really means to be in each field and what opportunities for growth are available.  

All the career advice and guidance that students receive will increase their understanding and views on different fields.   

Define your Goals 

Your career goals and values will help you determine which career will be most fulfilling to you. These goals can define the type of job you want, you may want to be a social media specialist, an outdoor engineer or even an accounting consultant, you may want to run a successful law practice or become the best surgeon, this will help you choose a course that will make that goal achievable.

These career goals are our motivations for the courses we study towards our career. This can be short term and long term goals, perhaps you would love to work in the field for a few years before venturing into starting your law firm business. All these goals help us make intentional choices to study a qualification that will have a purpose in our future.

Choose a relevant Qualification for your Career Path 

When you have covered all these elements and done your research and assessments, you can go to the next step which is choosing a course. It is vital to choose a college that offers a student support structure. The Academic Advising Centres is there to assist you during your academic journey. This a division that the college has to provide students with services and resources that will ensure your success. This is a support system that students can rely on to accomplish great outcomes. With this kind of support, you can be confident to embark on your study journey and prepare for a successful future.

A college education is the foundation of your career and this can impact on the opportunities that you receive. In this regard, career counselling is a process that cannot be overlooked. This should take place prior to any decision to register for a course. It is important to go through steps of self-evaluation, research and career counselling in order to make a decision that will suit your life goals. This will help produce a generation of graduates who are effective in their fields and generate great success.  


About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini 
Content Creator at Educor Holdings

As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to peoples growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change.

Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in todays world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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