I'm going back to the beginning. Before I looked at any of these careers, I highlighted, my skills, interests, and the importance of money. To help me narrow down this list to something that I can work with, I'm going to use these components.
First, the skills that I highlighted as being my strongest are that I am a good problem solver and I like working with (or leading) a team. Second, I expressed an interest in finding a career that will allow me to make a difference by helping people and working as an analyzer and/or planner. Finally, I highlighted that money is not my main concern, but I do need to account for it.
In addition to these areas, I felt it was important to find a career with a few other characteristics. With the economy not being incredibly strong, finding a career that will have some growth despite the poor industry will be worthwhile. In addition, I want to be sure that I can get into the career. Lastly, I need to feel good about what I am going to do. I need to feel a passion for the career in my "gut".
So, here is the list of things that I want my next career to have:
- Problem solving
- Working with a team
- Making a difference
- Analyzing and/or planning
- A good salary
- Growth in the field
- Ability to enter the career
- The "gut check" factor
From this, I made a table. The columns were made of the 8 criteria listed above. The rows were all of the careers that I had a positive reflection on in my blog posts. In each of the cells (where my rows meet my columns), I assigned a numerical value of 1 to 5. "1" being a very poor representation and "5" being the best I could hope for.
I went through the whole table assigning values. For example, Top Executives make $167,280 (higher than any other I found), so where Top Executives met Good Salary, I gave a 5. I feel that being an Education or Career Counselor would allow me to make a big difference in people's lives. For the Make a Difference column, I assigned another 5.
After totaling the top 15 careers from my reflection, the top three scoring careers are below:
- Management Consultant
- Human Resources Manager
- Sales Engineer
At first glance, these three seem quite different, but I have a feeling they are more similar than you may thing. Next, I'm going to dissect these careers a little further to find why each ranked in the top three, and I hope this will show me where I truly want to work. As always, I'd appreciate any comments you have! Stay tuned!