Discover your career path with these 9 tips

“So, what have you decided to do next?” 

“Which stream are you picking?” 

“What’s course are you taking up in college?”

Once you hit a certain age, everyone you meet keeps recycling these very questions. Even so, if you still feel like you’re always caught off-guard and don’t have the right answer yet, that’s normal. It’s okay to not know what you want to do next. But here’s what you can do instead. 

Explore. The real solution to career discovery is to keep exploring through real-world learning – where you learn by doing, instead of just reading about it in textbooks. It’s a crucial step to long-term life success and can help you go beyond test scores, therefore leading you to a path of self-discovery. 

How to choose the right career?

Finding your career path is an important task, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. We’ve put together a few tips you can explore to help you arrive at a career path you might thrive in. Read on to find out.

Explore your skillset

Before you find a career that is right for you, you must spend time understanding your talents, your skills, and your best qualities. Start by setting apart some time to: 

  • Research your available options and paths 
  • Think about your field of interests
  • Discover and optimize your strengths

Doing so can help you find a middle ground that ticks all the boxes of personal affinity towards the career, passion for the job, and your ability to excel at it.

Don’t limit yourself to passion

If you have a passion that you find scalable, that’s a great place to start. For the others, it’s important to think about your passion and still focus on the ultimate impact of your effort. About 75% of respondents to a survey in America said they had changed their career at least once, and approximately 33% thinking of changing yet again. So, finding the right fit is crucial.

Let your passion guide you, but don’t forget to put in the hard work, commitment and dedication. Think about how scalable your passion is, the work or skills it requires, and how you score on that scale. A good way to do this is by constantly indulging yourself in project-based learning activities and real-world challenges that can help give you the big picture of what the next few years of your life look like. 

Try a personality test

Personality tests are a great tool for self-discovery, allowing you to come to terms with your skills and talents. Some tests you can try include Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Big Five Personality Test. While these will not give you a definitive answer on what your career path should be, they’ll help you understand what role might suit your personality, characteristics, and skills. 

Look for overlaps

What you know, what a company expects, and what you want to achieve may differ, but the connection between the three should be clear. Learn how to interpret your skills and abilities instead of looking for any job. Look back at past experiences to guide you towards your future. What did you like to do in the past? What did you not like about it?

Shortlist your choices

Fortunately or unfortunately, you can’t do it all. Work smart, never more. After exploring a basket list of options, cut them down to the top 3 or 5 by analyzing which of your talents and abilities can actually make a good fit for a potential future career path. The best way to shortlist is by making a list of the pros and cons and really asking yourself, “Is this something I’d love to do for the rest of my life?”.

Attend career fares

Career fairs are a good place to start exploring your options. They help you acquire knowledge, open your eyes to options you didn’t even consider before, and even see which university has what you’re looking for. They’re far less intimidating than going on university visits and you can even meet like-minded individuals with the same interests as yours! 

Network your way to career discovery

When you are actively looking for a new career or trying to figure out which way to go, it’s a great way to get your feet in the water and seek help from those already in it. When you meet more people, you can gain more insight into how they work, why they love their work. Networking with like-minded people on the same career trajectory that you hope to insert yourself into is a wonderful way to get exposure without actually doing the work. Ask the right questions, find out what a regular workday looks like for them, and get the details. Who knows, you might even find a mentor in the process and that’s a career gold mine! In fact, surveys reveal that around 85% of the jobs gained are networked.

Seek professional internships

Do you know what a veterinarian does all day? Or what a PR manager does all day? There is no better way to learn a job than by trial and error, experimenting, and understanding if you’re the right fit. For example, you can always reach out to friends or family who run or work in businesses of your interest and ask for potential internship openings. They could help put in a word and you get the exposure in return. 

Hold on to what inspires you

This is an obvious step: everyone wants to enjoy their work and appreciate it. If you are afraid to talk about work, it is the most significant sign that you are on the wrong path. While passion is not the only way to fulfill your mission, most people would say that it is still important, not least because passion keeps you going through difficult times. Find what inspires you and never let it go.

There are no right or wrong answers

Here’s a bonus tip: Don’t let the process intimidate you or bring you down. Give yourself the time to explore your options before zeroing down on the final one. And while you exploring, indulge in some project-based learning exercises on Uable. Pick from a variety of subject matters and challenges, get creative, discover new talents and we’re confident you’ll find something you truly excel at AND enjoy! 

Finally, the road to career discovery is not a straight path, but it is filled with great learnings and personal growth. Keep that in mind as you decide the best career option for the future, starting today. Happy exploring!

Preparing Learners for the Future of Work

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The Future of Work is evolving rapidly and young learners will need to equip themselves with life skills that go beyond academic learning.

‘What do you want to do in life when you complete school?’ A majority of learners across the world are unsure of how to answer this question.

While schools stress over SAT scores and good grades, the foundations to prepare them for the real world are missing.

According to a report, 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. 

There’s another reality to think about – our current school learners will be the ones who will create many of these jobs. 

In a rapidly evolving work landscape, it is essential for them to take charge and equip themselves with life skills that will make them future-ready. But are they up for the challenge?

Learning for the Future

A publication by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that young learners are in fact studying more than their parents and grandparents did, and yet when it comes to work, they struggle to enter the job market.

Saurabh Saxena, the founder of Uable, a real-world learning ecosystem for 13-18-year-olds, says we need to do more to prepare them. “The future of work is very dynamic. It demands multiple skills in every role and the traditional teaching techniques are not enough to fill the gap.”

The next generation of citizens will require not just strong academic skills, but also important future-ready skills such as leadership, empathy, curiosity, creativity, imagination, and resilience, among many others to succeed in life.

Also, if they are to create jobs and bring more innovations to the world, it’s important for them to develop a sense of purpose and stay connected with it. 

Finding a Calling

So what is preventing learners from discovering what they truly want to do in life?

“A number of reasons – they are not aware of their passion, they are not taught to take risks in life, they are not asking for help and most importantly, they do not know what career prospects they can pursue,” says Saurabh.

In short, they cannot be what they cannot see. 

A survey says that a staggering 93% of students are aware of only 7 mainstream career options in India as compared to over 250 different types of job options available in the market.

Another study done in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States that followed groups of young learners from childhood to adulthood, showed that the ones who combined part-time employment with full-time education fared better in their school-to-work transitions.

“Only when learners are exposed to the real-world environment, they discover their passion. But it is not necessary to get in the job market even before completing education to do this. What they need is real-world learning,” says Saurabh. 

The Age of Awareness

The good news is that they are eager to learn.

Scholars Seemiller and Grace say that ‘Generation Z’ considers itself thoughtful, open-minded, and more socially aware. It welcomes hands-on learning opportunities that help them learn in more engaging and contextual ways.

Uable is bridging this gap by giving them a flavor of the future of work that awaits them through live peer and expert interactions in the core domains of Entrepreneurship, STEM, Communication, Design, and Humanities.

Uable inspires each learner to find their calling when it comes to the future of work. Many of them are already in the process of discovery, where they have a fair idea of what they want to do in life. But there are many more still figuring out. It encourages each one of them to immerse themselves in real-world learning experiences to acquire tools that will help them prepare for the future.

“So many of us struggle throughout our lives to find our “Ikigai”, a sweet spot where you pursue something that you are good at, that you love to do, that the world needs, and something that you can be paid enough for. At Uable, each learner has the opportunity to discover all these elements early on in their life,” he adds.