Academic Search Engine Knobull Charts A Course Toward Career Choice

By: Knobull
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Nov. 22, 2021 - PRLog -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced, "When you were young and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, they were asking about your desired career path. People don't always choose their career paths and meet each of their professional milestones in a straightforward way. Before selecting a career, start with self-reflection by asking and answering certain questions."

Consider asking yourself:
  • What do I want from my career?
  • What are my core values?
  • What activities do I most enjoy, professionally or in my free time?
  • What are my interests?
  • What are my strengths and aptitudes? Soft skills? Hard skills?
  • Do I want to specialize in certain technical skills or take on management roles?

Once you have narrowed down your options, consider establishing milestones for your career. Research where other people in your field are at five years into their career, and make note of the job titles they have.

There are multiple methods for discovering your personality type, many of which focus on your responses to different situations. Different personality types may naturally gravitate toward different interests and develop different strengths, including careers.

Some career path options require applicants to have their degrees in a specific field related to the position. Make a list of your education focus, current skills, certifications and areas of expertise. You can also ask coworkers and colleagues for feedback about your technical, interpersonal and people management skills.

Examine your hobbies, past volunteer experiences and interests to identify activities you enjoy. While this information is outside of a professional context, creating a list of activities can help you narrow down your career path.

Different career paths can have a wide variety of incomes. Find average salaries by job title, company and location using the Knobull academic search engine. While salary certainly does not equal an engaging, satisfying job, it is an important factor to consider when mapping out your career path.

Bentley concluded, "It's important to reflect on your interests, skills and career goals as you make certain life choices, such as which school to attend, college major, which entry-level job is right for you, or whether to obtain a post-graduate degree or specialized certification. These guidelines explained how to choose a career path by identifying your key skills and interests, matching those qualities to a potential job field and starting a career."
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