2 key factors to map out your career path
May 11, 2021
Building a steady root before planning your career path
1. Finding your passion and setting goals
Passion is like a charger that helps you to stay happy and productive. If you feel unclear about your future and don’t know how to start looking for a dream job, just take a step back and ask yourself these questions:
- What do you usually love to do?
The more you are passionate about your work, the stronger motivation you possess to overcome obstacles. If it’s not your favorite field, you will easily get bored and give up early. That’s why working in an area you are interested in is more effective than “just do it for the money”.
- Where do you see yourself in the future and who do you want to be?
Coming up with both short-term and long-term goals will keep you busy and focused on improving relevant skills. It is important to identify yourself in the future, setting goals and listing out what you need to do to achieve them. This not only saves time but also helps you to clearly see your career roadmap and specific steps to progression. Also, it’s useful to try looking for inspiring people and see what they are doing achieve success. Below is our suggestion with the SMART framework which is the most popular “recipe” to set goals base on five elements (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based).
Source: Indeed 2020
2. Sharpening skills and gaining experiences
Once you have found your passion and sketched out some goals, it’s time to start your career journey by gaining an understanding of the your suitability for the job, with three suggestions below:
- Do some research to explore the skill requirements for the industry, then identify your pros and cons
- Read at least ten job descriptions (JD) on recruitment platforms related to your favorite position to identify the skills desired by employers
- Start networking by having conversations with alumni, joining group/communities, finding mentors or anyone who can advise and inspire you
Now use it rather than lose it! You may gradually lose skills if you don’t put them into practice. Keep learning and do not hesitate to throw yourself into challenges to gain experience. Check out these tips:
- Take training courses and workshops to get fundamental knowledge and industry expertise. There is some information that you may never learn from books. In order to motivate freshers who are passionate about IT, NashTech is hosting “The Rookies” – an intensive training program led by industry experts
- Actively participat