As women, we should always go after what we want in our careers with full force. However, this can be extremely difficult when it becomes unclear where we’re headed. It is not abnormal to be confused as to what we want in life. Whether you’re in school, a recent graduate, or already in a career field, it’s okay to feel unsure. However, it’s not okay to avoid figuring it out. Here are five ways to find your career path.

Redefine your skills

Finding a career path becomes much easier when you know what your skill set is. Take the time to make a list of your personal strengths and weaknesses. For example, are you a good writer or better at reading long pages of policy? Are you talented at designing? Once you have declared your skill set, you can choose a career where your strengths are highlighted in your work.

What’s your ideal job?

Do you prefer to work at a desk all day or are you more of a busy body? Do you like working with teams or are you more independent? Asking yourself these questions is vital in knowing what job is the best fit for you.

Use your connections

If you have friends, family, or old coworkers who had experience in an industry that you’re interested in, don’t be afraid to reach out to these people and request advice. No one knows better about a career field than those who work in them every day.

Do your research

Aside from asking those you know about a specific career field, make sure to also do your own research. If you’re interested in being a lawyer, search the internet for what obligations come with this career like law school and the everyday lifestyle of this specific job. We all love the movie Legally Blonde, but unfortunately it’s far from reality.

Test the waters

You won’t know if a career is right for you until you try it. Jumping into a new internship or job position may be scary, but it’s the best way to truly find what your interests are. You may think you want to work at a desk during the day, but may be surprised when you actually apply it to your lifestyle. If you’re considering a media position, for example, try out a writing or television position. This is a productive way to piece together what you’re looking for in a career.

If you are in the “figuring it out” stage of your career, do not be hesitant to branch out. Instead of being afraid to explore what’s out there, get excited for this brand new chapter of your life. Remind yourself that feeling lost is not something shameful. It may seem like everyone knows exactly where their career is headed, but chances are, they may be just as clueless as you are. It’s okay not to know what you want to do, but it’s not okay to stand by and do nothing about it. Take your skill set and start going after what may be your destined career.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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