Choosing a Career

Your choice of a career is one of the most important choices you’ll make in your life. Don’t take it lightly, and certainly don’t just follow the crowds. This category of blog posts is dedicated to helping you dive deeper and make the ideal career choice for your unique set of skills, interests, knowledge and personality.

Which Career Aptitude Test Should I Take?

As we discussed in a recent post, career aptitude tests are tests that are designed to help you to identify your strengths, current skill set and, based on these, what career(s) you are most likely thrive in. They are excellent ways to help you narrow down a massive number of careers and find some that are well suited to you. So, which career aptitude test should you take? Well, in short: it depends on what you’re looking for. Firstly, it depends what you’re wanting to find. Are you looking to find multiple careers that suit your strengths? And then from …

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What is a Career Aptitude Test?

Career aptitude tests are becoming increasingly more common in recent years. They have many benefits and can aid us drastically in our search for the perfect career. What is a career aptitude test? A career aptitude test is an assessment that helps you to identify your strengths, current skill set and possible careers that best match to these strengths and skills. As aptitude means “the ability to do something well”, a career aptitude test should not just identify interests but also professional positions in which the test-taker would likely excel. While career aptitude tests match the test-taker to a specific …

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Taking the O*Net interest profiler

What is the O*NET Interests profiler? The O*NET interests profiler (IP) is a free online tool, designed based on Holland’s R-I-A-S-E-C codes, which aims to help us discover the type of work activities and occupations that we would find the most interesting, exciting and engaging. The IP was developed with four aims in mind: To create an instrument that reliably and accurately measures the Holland (1985a) typology. The IP measures this over six types of occupational interests, namely: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. The IP has been found to have excellent psychometric properties, making it a reliable and …

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10 Questions to ask yourself before changing careers

Changing career can be very stressful and overwhelming. When we feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to process our thoughts correctly and think rationally. So, to help you find clarity in your decision, this post will discuss 10 questions to ask yourself before changing career. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Career Change Firstly, before ask yourself the following questions, consider this big one: Do you hate your career, or your job? The difference between a career and a job is that a career is a series of connected employment opportunities that offer you skills, experience and …

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The classic signs that its time for a career change

There are no two ways about it: having a career can be very hard work at times. However, if it always feels like a constant battle, then maybe it is time for a career change. With the pressure of modern day life, it is actually really hard to tell what level of stress is normal and what isn’t. However, a huge 14% of all U.S. workers reported being ‘very dissatisfied’ or ‘somewhat dissatisfied’ with their jobs, according to results from the CNBC|SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Index. With this number worryingly high, it is more important than ever to understand the key …

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How to write a CV: 10 steps to success

According to Glassdoor, a job posting will get over 250 applications, each with good CVs (short for curriculum vitae) attached. Generally speaking, around four to six of the applicants will get an interview. But, of course, only one of those 250 applicants will be lucky enough to get the job. So, how do you make your CV, which is normally the first thing employers will read about you, stand out from the 249 others? 1. Tailor your CV It is so important to tailor your CV specifically to the job that you are applying for. You should not be just …

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Why writing a cover letter will be the best decision you’ll ever make

We all know that writing a CV is so important in your job search. However, 53% of employers think a resume is simply just not enough to grab their attention. Therefore, you should be attaching a cover letter to your job application to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. Yet, incredibly surprisingly, only a tiny 47% of job seekers attach cover letters to their application. And all this means is that over half of you are missing out on the opportunity to really WOW employers. Tips for writing a cover letter I can speak from experience that knowing …

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Should you follow your passion at work?

It’s one of the most researched and debated questions out there – should we base our career on what we’re passionate about? On one hand, many strongly advocate that if you follow your passion, the rest (e.g., fulfillment, money and success) will follow. Whereas others place their feet firmly in the notion that following your passion really is terrible advice. Side A: passion is the key to success We spend so much of our lives at work, no one can deny that it is crucial that we enjoy it. Those on this side of the debate firmly believe that if …

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Six careers

Six things to consider when choosing your dream career

I don’t think that you need me to tell you that picking the right career is very important. It is possibly one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make. You’ll have to do it day in, day out. And, for a very long time. If you get choosing the right career for you correct the first-time round, then you save yourself a bit of time and stress. However, with most people going through an average of 5-7 careers in their life, if you’re in the wrong career right now, don’t sweat it. What we all know, is …

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Career Counselors vs. Career Coaches: What’s the difference, and which do you need?

For most of us, deciding what career we want to do, or changing our career path, is a big thing that requires careful thought, consideration and planning. While some of us are happy to source our help from online resources, such as blog posts like mine (I hope!), others turn to seeking professional help that will aid them in their decision making. Our satisfaction with our job or career (remember, there’s a difference) will rub off onto many other aspects of our lives, such as our satisfaction at home and our well-being. As we typically spend the rest of our …

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