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Which career is a good fit for you?

Job applicants at a job fair
Job applicants at a job fair
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It may be time to consider your career niche, whether due to a small amount of new opportunities in your current role, wanting change, or being in career transition. The right career is available. By learning how to research options, realize your strengths, and acquire new skills, you can find the career that’s a good fit for you.

Statistics show in 2012, 81% of US employees reported overall satisfaction with their current job(38% of employees indicating they were "very satisfied" and 43% "somewhat satisfied"). When it comes to employee engagement at work in 2012, on average employees were only moderately engaged(3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is highly disengaged, 3 is moderately engaged and 5 is highly engaged).

Kathrin Tschiesche, for bookboon.com, writes, "Our personality is made up of a combination of characteristics or qualities that make us who we are. These characteristics control our emotions, thoughts, feelings, actions, attitude and behavior. Personality theorists refer to them as personality traits. It’s these traits that make us interesting and unique and they remain mostly consistent throughout our lives." She further states that, "Research has shown that different personality types tend to have distinct preferences in their choice of careers."

"Finding the right career and finding your ‘calling’ is not solely about choosing the right industry. It’s about finding the right job for each individual’s personality and motivational style, and then believing that that role has a point or purpose in the organization", according to skillsroad.com.

The Career Center offers these tips for identifying a career that is best for you:

  1. Learning about your interests will help you identify opportunities to pursue the topics you are most naturally drawn to, making work more motivating and enjoyable.
  2. Values are the things that motivate us and move us toward certain decisions, behaviors and goals. Values greatly influence the career decision making process, job satisfaction, and ultimately, life satisfaction.
  3. Skills are the things that you are good at and have the ability to do well. Assessing your skills allows you to determine which ones you want to acquire or further develop, the specific ways to accomplish those goals, and how your skills match with potential careers.
  4. Personality preferences & interpersonal needs are related to your individual, innate nature and tend to be consistent over time. Understanding personality and interpersonal needs allows you to see correlations between the way you make decisions and your work style.

Seeking and finding a career that's right for you is paramount. You'll enjoy your work, stay motivated, and always strive to do your best. Choosing a great career fit for yourself can also help you set professional goals and develop a strategy for getting where you want to be.