By Eric Perry, PhD-c
“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~J. K. Rowling
1. Preserve your body, use your mind
If you choose a career that requires your body, what will happen when your body ages, or if you get injured? If you must choose a career that uses your body, consider doing work that has minimal impact on your joints and limbs.
2. Consider your budget
Your financial situation does influence your options. Some career paths require special education, which can be expensive. Be resourceful. There are many government programs that provide financial aid, scholarship opportunities, apprenticeships and grants.
3. Explore your interests & skills
What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? It is important to “know thyself,” before making any major commitments to a specific career. This is especially true if you plan to apply for student loans. If you are interested in a specific field, research it thoroughly. Apply for internships and shadow professionals already in the field.
4. Accept that you will need to work extra hard
You cannot become your greatest self by being patient and waiting for it to happen. If you have been making excuses, stop. Start waking up early and maximizing every hour. Stay up late and do some extra research. Don’t wait to be inspired. Inspire yourself by putting in the work. Every successful person knows that effort is directly related to results.
5. Choose the career before the education
Every year people graduate from college only to realize years later they should have gone to a trade school or vice versa. Most people go to college assuming they will figure out what specifically they want to do with the degree, after they graduate. In reality, it is better to choose the career, before choosing the education. By choosing the education first, you limit yourself to careers associated with that specific education.
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