Determining Your Career

You Are in Charge of Your Career

Being in charge of your career is an awesome responsibility.  You may have dreams for your future but they will remain only dreams unless you turn them into SMART goals and reach at least some of them.   

One point that differentiates a goal from a dream is that a goal is written.

A SMART goal is a written goal that is:

Specific…you can describe it concretely to others

Measurable…you can tell when you have accomplished it

Attainable…it is something you can actually do 

Relevant…it is something that makes sense to do in your life

Time-specific…there is a date when you will have attained the goal

 Today the thought is that individuals may change careers as many as 4 or 5 times during their working lives.  The idea that you may have 4 or 5 careers can be overwhelming if you don’t even know what you want to do for your first career! 

Remember, you don’t have to know everything all at once. Everyday you learn a little more about all sorts of topics and your ideas will change.

 But, how can you have several careers and what does that really mean?  Everyone’s career path will obviously be different.  Some will train for a career and stay in that career. Others will go into a certain field like medicine, law, or business, and move around in that field.

What you do will be up to you and only you. 



 So, what does it mean to be in charge of your career destiny?  To move ahead, you have to take some risks and make plenty of decisions.  Each decision will have its own good and bad consequences.  However, your attitude about everything in your life will determine how you respond to what happens to you.


One of the most important things in life is to be TEACHABLE but one of the hardest things is to figure out to whom we should listen and who should be our teachers.  There will be people who care about you and teach you things that are for your good.  However, there may also be people who will want to take advantage of you.  The key is determining if someone is giving you advice that is for your good or advice that will help them but be bad for you.  Learning to decern good motives from bad will help you know to whom you should listen.

So, how do you determine what you want to do in life?  The answer is simple, think about what you love to do and figure out a way to legally be paid for it.

What are some things you like to do? 

Maybe you like to:

 Be around sports…be a professional player, sports marketer or coach

Help others to determine what they want to do…become a Life Coach

Counsel others…become a psychologist or therapist

Watch movies…become a movie critic

Dress up in beautiful clothes…become a model

Organize things…become a professional organizer

Assist others…become a social worker, nurse, insurance sales person,  or administrative assistant

Be an advocate for people who need help…become a lawyer, politician, or social worker

Sell things…sell clothes, insurance, stocks, bonds, perfume, makeup, auto parts, sports equipment, pharmaceuticals, real estate, etc.

Influence others…become an expert in something and then tell others about it

Have no boss but yourself…figure out what type of  business you can run and start your own business    

The power of your imagination allows you to go beyond yourself and be placed into careers that you have never before thought of.

If you don’t know where you want to go

you will never know when you get there.,


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