Job Search Tips for Those Who Don’t Know What Field to Go Into
The presence of a degree is not necessarily a road map to career futures. So, what are job seekers to do when they do not know what field go into? One key thing to remember is that such uncertainty is normal.
Act Confident—Or Remain Confident
It is perfectly normal for folks to not know what kind of job they want. Many people spend a few years after college getting a handle on what they want out of their lives and careers. With that in mind, don’t feel guilty or ashamed that you don’t know what you want to do. Otherwise, you risk starting a job search from the wrong mindset.
Create lists of your strengths and weaknesses. Mix and match as needed; a strength in one field may be a weakness in another. An occasional strength may also be an occasional weakness. Also list your skills, including programs with which you are knowledgeable.
Take personality and career self-assessments. Your college career center has information on these as well as many assessments themselves. Some such as the Holland Code Quiz can be taken online for free. In-depth ones may charge fees, but the U.S. Department of Labor provides some nice self-assessments for free.
Go Forth and Try Various Jobs
You are not stuck with the first job you land. If you feel it is not a good fit, then by all means, search for work you think may be more suitable. One caveat, though: try to find new employment before quitting your current job. Also take any work you do seriously and give it a genuine chance. Finally, it’s especially important when applying for a job in a new field to tailor your resume accordingly, since you can’t rely on past work experience to land you a position.
While you are working, volunteering on the side may help you figure out what you are meant for. You could even work two or three part-time jobs simultaneously instead of a full-time job. Temping is another option to give you a variety of experiences in many types of settings. You may find what you are meant for.
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