As children, we probably all had a fantasy career that would see us head into adulthood completely carefree. Yet, the majority of us never go on to become a professional athlete, a NASA astronaut, or a Hollywood superstar. Instead, we come to the realisation that such opportunities are few and far between, so we turn our focus elsewhere.
Choosing a career path is never easy, and knowing precisely what to do to establish a career for your future is far from simple. However, overcoming those feelings of being stuck or without a plan should not fill you with fear. Instead, you should embrace the challenge, discuss your options with others, and take advantage of the courses available to help you achieve your goals.
Define your Goal
The biggest challenge you will face will undoubtedly be choosing exactly what you wish to do. Instead of knowing the specifics, be more general in your thinking, by simply identifying what your goals are for the future. For many, it’ll be something along the lines of a high-paying job, a nice car, and a big house with a family. This makes for a great starting point. The bigger challenge comes from answering the following question…
What Makes Me Happy?
You will spend the majority of your adult life in employment. On average people spend between 35-40 hours per week at work. It’s therefore essential, that you know what makes you happy and try to incorporate these factors into your career. Without being happy in what you spend a large proportion of your time doing, how can you expect to be happy in your life overall?
Know What You’re Good At
Once you know what makes you happy, you should assess where your own strengths lie. Returning to our opening scenario, if you’re no good at running, becoming a professional runner is never going to happen! Instead, try to identify whether you are artistic, analytical, have great communication and personal skills, are authoritative etc. It’s always easier to flourish and enjoy something when you’re good at it, so highlighting your core skills should be factored into following your career path.
Once you know what you’re good at and what makes you happy you can narrow down the careers that suit you. For instance, you may have always enjoyed math’s at school and be analytical in your mindset. If so, careers in business and finance will most likely prove rewarding to you. Alternatively, those that are creative and organised may pursue careers in writing or marketing.
Vocational Courses in London & Essex
A great way to experience whether a chosen career is ideal for you is to enrol on a vocational course. Such courses help you learn the skills necessary to succeed in a specific industry, teaching you practical and valuable skills that will support your progression.
Unlike some university courses, which can be based purely on theory, the practical application of what you learn during a vocational course will be immediately transferable to a given job. Employers are always seeking candidates that can demonstrate the essential skills for a given role, so embarking on a vocational course in your chosen field will arm you with the tools necessary to stand out from the crowd.
It’s important to understand whether a chosen career will suit you or whether you will become stuck in a role that ultimately makes you unhappy. With a vocational course, you can enjoy hands-on experience which can then lead to full-time employment or act as a stepping stone to further education. By considering a vocational course, you can hope to shape your future in relation to what makes you happy.
Learn More about Vocational Courses
At the UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC), we offer vocational courses in London and Essex that help you get ahead in your chosen career. Selecting a career path is far from simple, which is why we value talking to you during enrolment to ensure you’re choosing the best course for your goals. To find out more about how a vocational course can help you onto your chosen career path, simply get in touch with our experienced team today.