This article discusses why it is important for a young person to make a disciplined effort to determine a career direction compatible with his or her interests, aptitudes, values, and personality. Some young people believe that drifting from job to job eventually will help them to decide which career they should choose. This strategy might never work, and it certainly will not work as well or as quickly as will a dedicated effort to determine a career direction.
- It usually is impossible to enter military forces after the age of 42.
- It is hard for senior job applicants to overcome employers’ negative stereotypes about senior employees.
- It is harder for a person to risk changing careers when there is a family to support at a level to which they have become accustomed.
- It is difficult not to start at a lower level job in another career area if the career change is substantial.
- It is risky for a person to change jobs and thus to have less seniority when the last people who are hired are usually the first people to be laid off during an economic downturn.
There are many reasons why people might want or be required to make career changes. They should make these changes, however, by using the resources available to help them make intelligent career changes. If possible, they should make these career changes as early as possible in their careers.
Have you made a disciplined effort to determine the best career direction for you? If so, what has been your experience? Please comment below.