A career is a profession, a life-long occupation or employment by which a person regularly earns a living, especially one for which the person has had a period of training in an institution or through apprenticeship. There are several things that one has to consider before choosing a career. They comprise of things to work with, such as objects, people, ideas as well as understanding oneself thus one’s skills, interests, and aptitudes.
Who You Want To Work With
In choosing a career, it is often advantageous for people who enjoy working together with other people, what is usually termed as ‘teamwork, ‘ to excel in their chosen profession. It has been proven that those who enjoy working with people usually get on well with others. They make friends more easily and enjoy solving problems related to people. These individuals who show intense interest, care and concern for people are usually good at teaching, legal practitioner, advertising, curator, and anthropology.
What You Want To Work With
People who are interested in working with their hands and exploring objects with their hands are good at practically oriented professions. These individuals, who are well versed in the handling of tools and materials, are advised to select careers that are purely practical in nature. Such careers include sculpting, pottery making, textile designing, etc.
People, who enjoy working with facts, usually enjoy reading and researching. Owing to this, they choose to be social commentators, art historians, authors, researchers, etc. If this is the field that you want, then be ready for training and more studies. Never lose your focus or you will just put yourself into failure. If for, instance, you are in the middle of researching and you notice that you are suddenly losing your interest, find a way to get it back. You can even use a drug such as Modafinil to help you concentrate on what you are doing.
Know Your Interests
Interests are the things you enjoy doing, very curious about and will like to spend a lot of time on. The young artist seeking to choose a career should take considerable time to consider the area of the arts that he always loves to engage in and desires to explore more into it.The career one has a keen interest in should be chosen because if one is not very much interested in a chosen profession, it will reflect negatively on his output of work.
Know Your Skills
Skill is one’s ability to undertake a project expertly. A skill for a particular field in art is acquired through diligent training. However, an artist may not have skills in taking all projects in art. He may be well versed in a certain art discipline.It is also very possible that an artist may have an interest in a certain field of art say sculpture yet he may not have the requisite skill in producing sculptural works. It will be wrong and even disappointing for an artist to choose a profession in an art which he has an interest in and yet do not have any skills for it.
Know Your Aptitude
Your aptitude is your natural ability or skill, especially in learning and your readiness to adjust to meet the standard or demands of what you are interested in. If we do not have the inner drive or are not naturally inclined towards a particular profession, ever ready to learn and acquire new knowledge to meet the set standards in the industry you intend working for, it will be advised not to select that profession.