The more time you spend investigating different sectors, the better suited your career choice will be.
I was unsurprised by a recent headline that popped up in my newsfeed last month.
On the face of it, you would perhaps question the accuracy of this headline when there are hundreds of amazing careers available to us in the UK within countless sectors. However, this article was prompted by the results of a survey of 20,000 children so there must be some truth behind it!
The finding from the survey that took my interest was the evident need for children to be introduced to different types of careers at an early age. As children are heavily influenced by their social surroundings and who they know, their career expectations did not always match the opportunities available to them, limiting their chances of finding a career that gives them happiness and fulfilment.
However, it is not just children who lack knowledge of different sectors. Adults, through no fault of their own, are guilty of this too!
How many different career sectors are you aware of?
At school, we were typically taught to think about careers in fixed categories with no overlap, common examples being law, medicine, veterinary science, engineering and teaching. This is fine until you have spent five years in your chosen sector and realise it doesn’t quite feel right for you (perhaps it didn’t ever feel right). Your job role may contradict your true values or differ from your interests. However, you feel your career choices are limited and have little knowledge of what else you can do.
The reality is, there are thousands of sectors to choose from. There is something for everyone, to fit with all personalities, skills and interests. If you were not introduced to these at an early age, perhaps it is time now to seek them out. Identify your passions and start making links between them by stretching your imagination. Pretend you are back at school again and revisiting your choice! For example, if you are interested in young people, education and creative writing, expand your thinking beyond teaching. You could investigate writing short stories or educational materials or working for a charity that promotes creativity in young people. There will be so many different and exciting strands to explore. Just remember, your investigations may take a few steps rather than one big jump!
Expanding your sector choices will increase the opportunities available to you and enable you to find a career that best suits you.