Too many choices are not always good when selecting a career

As you ask yourself a crucial question and try to answer the age-old question, “Which career is right for me?” the often-overwhelming process of choosing a career, you can narrow your options by choosing what career fields interest you. Because planning the number of job opportunities in each field vs. potential salaries, keeping in mind the stability of the market for the next few years can ensure you’re investing in a career that won’t dead-end. As the labor market continues to shift due to changes in technology and the economy, choosing the right path from the beginning can help you avoid emotional and financial stress down the road.

Of course, you should consider other factors when trying to decide which career to pursue.

While some people have a clear passion, many of us find ourselves lost in the “passion puzzle,” paralyzed with fear that we’re not doing it right if we don’t have one burning career goal to pursue fanatically. The problem isn’t the idea of pursuing things you’re good at and that you love; it’s that your aspirations are too broad and difficult to act on. Think of your passions as a starting point. If you want to be the next JK Rowling, break that passion down into writing and editing. Then do a “skills inventory” to determine just what else you bring to the table.

Are you good at providing feedback and training other writers? Then becoming a writing teacher or tutor might be right for you. Your skills inventory could take the form of a checklist, a mock resume or interviews with friends, family members, mentors and former employers who can provide an outside viewpoint. You can then carefully match your skills and interests to job titles, narrowing in on those that are both best suited to you and have the best prospects for growth.

Also, feeling motivated is an essential aspect of job satisfaction. But causes for motivation vary widely from person to person. We all need a little bit of acclaim but it’s important to determine which way you lean before diving down a career path.

Most jobs start off with at least a few years of hard labor at lower pay than you’d like. What’s more important is looking ahead at people well into a career track to determine whether the lifestyle they lead is desirable to you. Some factors you might want to consider include the amount of control they have over their own time, their salary and the amount of travel involved, among other factors.

Deciding which career is right for you can be an crushing process. Rather than focusing on identifying a direct path, first determine your own needs and goals, and then sync your findings with what the world must offer.