This article talks about five steps to plan your career effectively to reach your career path. We talk about knowing your interest, researching your dream job, the importance of a good resume and LinkedIn profile, filling gaps in your skillset, and ultimately believing in yourself.
Let’s start by understanding the meaning of a Career path:
It’s a journey of self-discovery. Like any other process, it requires planning, organizing, and executing different tasks.
Completion of each task brings you one step closer to your long-term career plan. The advancement happens by achieving short term goals step by step.
One should have a detailed plan of the subjects to choose, courses to pursue, extracurricular activities to indulge in, and internships to apply to land on the interview table for their dream job.
Research is the most important aspect of a career path. One needs to tap as many sources as possible and make a custom plan.
Self-awareness plays a critical role in the path of a career path.
The very first step to an informed decision is knowledge of self. List down all the subjects that hold your interest. It could be social science, mathematics, English, etc.
It is less likely to have a specific list of subjects that interest you. We, as humans, are versatile creatures. Most definitely, while choosing our career paths, we get confused amongst our choice of interests.
We suggest pen everything down, from your favourite subjects to study to your favourite movie genres to your favourite books to read. Dig deep into your consciousness!
Be as specific as you can get.
Research the day at your dream job and analyze the job title, requirements, responsibilities, and duties. Make a list of career paths aligning with your area of interest.
The more research you’ll do on your interests, the more informed choice you will make!
Now that you have done your part, it is the right time to take an evaluation test.
Often, we think we know ourselves better than anyone else, and often we are incorrect.
It is less likely that you will ask yourself the right questions to know your interests, so let a career test do the job for you.
It will only take 10-15 minutes in answering the multiple-choice questions. Be as instinctive as you can be, i.e. don’t think too much before answering a question.
This test will give you a detailed report based on your answers.
The report will have subject areas of interest, namely:
Social Science, Business, Science, Healthcare, Multimedia, Education and Communication, etc.
This way, you will clarify which subjects interest you the most. It will also tell you about job opportunities these subjects have 3-6 years down the line.
Now that you have some detailed information about yourself, you can find one by one research in detail about these job opportunities and career plans to follow.
For example, if my career evaluation test shows that I will be a good fit for a job position as a Public Relations Personnel. I will look at the following prospects.
What is the degree required to apply for jobs?
Is there any course I can pursue to up my skill set to gain chances of employment.?
What are the different full-time job roles for PR Personnel?
What field does it come in?
Can I work part-time?
What are the responsibilities of a PR Person?
What are on-the-job duties that they require to do?
Do they work individually or in a team?
Who are major employers organizations that employ PR Personnel?
What will be my salary growth within five years?
What else can I pursue to grow my career in this field?
Now that you have a slight inclination towards one career plan,
Try to get in contact with someone who has made the same choice. Talk about their experience in detail and get some insight.
Do not consider their advice as concrete. Listen to them to get another perspective before making the final decision.
Try to ask them the right questions. A few questions that we recommend asking are:
Chances are, after getting these questions answered. You will get more clarity, that is for you or not!
Again, If you cannot find a trusted senior, you can always consult a Career plan or hunt for an appropriate candidate on LinkedIn. You will be surprised to see how willing people can share their experiences.
Now that you have a fair idea about the profile after getting a lot of insight,
Your current profile is highly likely is not tailor-made for your dream career path. You will know the different courses you could pursue to better your profile.
Apart from technical qualifications, many other skills need to be picked to build an effective resume which increases the chances of getting shortlisted.
As you go into detail about job qualifications, responsibilities, and duties. You can figure out the gap you have and fill it by going for a short-term course, an internship, or maybe a part-time job opportunity that reflects well on your resume.
For example: If you want to work as a teacher in a coaching institute. They will require you to have some professional experience in tutoring along with the adequate educational qualification
One platform that can help you get the expertise you need is Chegg India.
You can apply for our Subject Matter Expert part-time opportunity. It enables professionals/freshers/students to share their knowledge with those who need it
The process is quite simple:
If you pass the test, there are no other formalities to prove your competency in the given subject.
You can become a Subject Matter Expert and solve queries in your own time. It works on a pay per answer model, and It will give you the experience you need while working from the comfort of your home.
There are many ways to build your profile. One can also apply for internships using Internshala and LinkedIn.
Online courses have also become a thing. One can learn data analytics, coding, creative writing, painting, cooking and public speaking at Udemy, Unacademy, Youtube, etc.
Most companies shortlist the candidates by screening a resume in Step 1 of the recruitment process. If you fail to build an impressive resume, chances are you will never get to the interview stage.
We recommend doing thorough research before finalizing your resume. Here is a video that can help:
Now let’s talk about the importance of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a platform to build your professional network. If an employer wants to run a background check on your profile, your LinkedIn profile is the first thing they will check!
LinkedIn helps build a network and provides a space to celebrate your career advancements, achievements, and professional journey.
It is important to build a detailed profile and keep updating about what have you been up to in your career. LinkedIn will help you in Step 3 of the career path as well.
You can always approach people through LinkedIn by sending them a connection request and gently asking your relevant queries.
Some Do, and Don’ts for effective LinkedIn Profile building are as follows:
1) Build a qualitative network: Connect with people who align with your career path and are related to the field you want to work in
2) Regular Professional Updates: Keep your profile up to date by posting relevant things every other week. E.g., You can post about internships, research work, blogs and more
3) Appreciate your network: Celebrate each other’s achievements over LinkedIn
1) Build a quantitative network: Sending and accepting the connection request of everyone, It will make your feed flooded with irrelevant posts.
2) Professional Content: Avoid talking about sensitive topics like politics religion on your LinkedIn profile
3) Courtesy: Do not expect everyone you approach to answer your queries, Be patient and courteous while contacting people on LinkedIn.
Never underestimate the power of knowing yourself while taking decisions about your career. There is a reason why career path is becoming exceedingly important.
Many options are available to us. Hence an informed choice is mandatory to make the most of it! The majority of the effort has to come from the individual to make a decision worth taking forward.
There is scope in money and growth in just about any profession. What is most important is to be prepared to face the challenges to reach the height: career plan you have for yourself.
We at Chegg wish you good luck, and We hope you reach your career goal and benefit from a comprehensive career path!