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Does Your Career Relate With Your Interests?

This is a guest post by Surela Chakraborty from Careerguide.com.
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18 Jan 2016

Does Your Career Relate With Your Interests?


Does Your Career Relate With Your Interests?

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How often do you ask yourself, “why do I have to go to office?” Do you feel the Monday morning blues every single day of the week? If you do, then ask yourself why. In most cases, people don’t like to go to work because the job that they do doesn’t match with their interests. It is essential that you like what you do even for a living, and then only you can attain success in your career. Steve Jobs rightly said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Once your work becomes a grind then all the happiness vanishes and stress slowly creeps in. Well both stress and frustration are unwelcomed guests in your life and has to be kept at bay.

Your chances of getting promotion increase if you like the job that you do.Moreover, if you enjoy your work then you will feel motivated to keep the job. You can reap several benefits if you can pick your career based on your interests-

  • You will be satisfied with your job. This feeling is really important if you want to attain success.
  • Remember that everything that you enjoy doing might not provide you with a decent income. Don’t feel demotivated. Here you have to strike a balance between what you enjoy, what your skills are and the jobs that are available which match your interests.
  • You may not like all the work assigned to you but you will appreciate most of the work that you do. Thus there are hardly any chances of you getting bored easily.

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To find out whether your career preferences match with your interests it is important that you take an interest based psychometric career assessment. This test will ask you questions regarding your hobbies and other interests areas. As a result, you will get a list of careers that you can opt for matching your preferences. A psychometric career assessmentor career test as they are popularly known will provide you a list of career option that are suitable for you. These tests ask you multiple choice question based on real life situations and your hobbies etc. One need not prepare for these test but give an honest answer to the questions as there is no right or wrong answers here and your preference will categorize you to your interest areas.Most participants get two or three types that are higher than the others. Notice the highest numbers you get for the two or three types of interest areas, they are best suited for you. Now write down the two or three interest types, this is your interest code. Now match the career clusters with the interest code letters that you have got.

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The interest code uses the following words to define each interest group-

  • R= Realistic people are doers. They like to use their hands while they are working and like to fix things.
  • I= Investigative people are thinkers. They prefer to analyze problems, solve them and work independently.
  • A= Artistic people are creators. As the name suggests they like creating new things and want flexibility in their own lives.
  • S= Social people are helpers. They like working in teams and are eager to help or counsel others.
  • E= Enterprising people are persuaders. They usually enjoy selling things and managing other people.
  • C= Conventional people are organizers. They prefer structured jobs, work with data and write reports.

These six interest areas or codes are also known as ‘Holland Codes” or “Holland Personality Types”. Research reveals that to get maximum job satisfaction your personality should match with your career choice. This is the real secret recipe for success!

Thus this interest assessment test will help you to understand which career bracket is suitable for you. Make the best use of the results that you get after doing this interest assessment test, make a note of it and take a ‘find career tools’ test to get the career options that match with your interest areas. Remember to take the test from a reliable website otherwise invalid measurements will surely mislead you. Once you know the list of careers that match with your interest and personality make sure to find out more about the scope of the career. The scope of the career will also guide you to make the right career decision.

Taking a critical decision regarding your career can be a daunting task. It is important that you take a perfect decision so that there is no room left for regret later. ACIP Decision making method might make the decision-making process a little easy.

A – stands for Alternatives- Ask yourself the different ways through which you can solve a problem.

C -stands for consequences- Measure the pros and cons of the choices you make.

I – stands for Information- Gather the latest Information on the career choices that you have taken, see how far it can help achieve your targets.

P -stands for Plans- Detailed Planning is essential to find out ways to implement your goals or target. ACIP is not just a mere abbreviation it is based on a scientific and extensive research of renowned psychologists named Irving L. Janis and Leon Mann.

Career Assessment is of prime importance when you are searching for a job or deciding on your career. You should take your career decision with certain amount of self-confidence. It is important that you have a clear objective and the ability to communicate to others why some objectivesare perfect for you and not others. Basically you have to be convinced of the choices you make. These simple tips can help you find a career path that matches your personality, values and skill sets-

  • Become an active decision maker.
  • Don’t underestimate your capabilities. Think that you can achieve more than you imagine.
  • Associate with positive people.
  • Grow as a person; learn from others and also from your own mistakes. Become an active learner, your failures should guide you to the path of success.

Self- assessment is a structured yet informal way of taking the best career decision based on one’s interests. The first step of these assessment is to make sure that you know yourself. This means knowing one’s needs so that you can get the ideal work environment. Ask yourself the type of work you want to do, whether you are looking for a steady career, whether you want to work for a company or start a business, how your working hours should be like, how much you want to earn or what are the benefits you are looking for, does the career path match with your needs. Once you have the answers to the above questions (you can ask yourself more questions than those mentioned above) then you can ahead exploring your interests, take career quizzes to discover a different side to yourself (make sure these quizzes or tests are scientific), find out relevant job options matching your field of interests and skills.

In-depth research is the only way to take a well-informed career decision. It is perfectly fine if you are planning to change your mind even after taking a psychometric assessment test. Some people don’t want to make their passion a full time career option, they want to allocate a separate time for it. Go ahead and be flexible. You might have to change careers but that is okay, you will get varied experience in your life. However, make sure that you are happy with your work, if you are not it will affect the quality of your life. You get one life to live, so always make the best use of time and resources.

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