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13/04/2013

How to choose the right career.

Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Many will tell you to "follow your passion" or "do what you love."

We all want to choose a career that will make us happy, but how can we know what that will be? So if passion and expected happiness can't be your guides, what can be? Well, you can begin by choosing a career that fits well with your skills and values. Since you actually have some sense of what those are
(hopefully), this is a good starting place.

Some of us tend to see our goals (at work and in life) as opportunities for advancement, achievement and rewards. We think about what we might gain if we are successful in reaching them. If you are someone who sees your goals this way, you have what's called a promotion focus.

The rest of us see our goals as being about security — about not losing everything we've worked so hard for. When you are prevention-focused, you want to avoid danger, fulfill your responsibilities, and be someone people can count on. You want to keep things running smoothly.

Promotion- focused people excel at creativity and innovation, and taking risks.
 (Unfortunately, they are also more error-prone, overly-optimistic, and more likely to take risks that land them in hot water)

Prevention-focused people excel at thoroughness and being detail-oriented and being analytical in their reasoning.
-Prevention focused people choose careers such as:
- Accounting
-Finance.
-Engineering
-Math related Careers.

If you are promotion-focused, look for jobs that offer advancement and growth. Consider fast-paced industries where products and services are rapidly changing, and where the ability to identify opportunities will be essential, like the tech sector or social media.

Promotion focused people choose careers related to:
-Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Programming.
-Graphic Design.
-Marketing
-Communications and Media.
-Social Sciences.

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