Have you ever thought to yourself, “There must be something out there that I would really enjoy doing”? There is a process to find out what your niche is. Keep In mind though that you need to see the process through in order to identify your niche.
Here are five steps for discovering what you were intended to do. The answers to the following questions will guide you to your career destination.
1. How can career assessments help me?
Career assessments help you identify your personality and interests. Based on the way that you answered the questions, your answers are compared to other people who have also answered the questions. This data is used to generate a list of careers for you that may interest you. If you really are unsure as to what career direction to take next, career assessments can assist you with developing a list of careers that you can explore before making a decision.
2. How should assessments be interpreted?
It’s best to have a career coach or a career counselor help you with the interpretation. These professionals have been trained to interpret assessments, and they can help you make sense of the information. Sometimes clients who take the assessments come away with a misinterpretation of what their results mean. They may think that because a career came up on the list, it must mean that that is the career that they are supposed to have. But career assessments only suggest careers based on the way that you answered the questions. They cannot tell you definitely which career will be best for you.
3. What can I take away from a career assessment?
The first thing you can take away is a better knowledge of yourself. If you have been truthful when taking the instruments, you will see information on your results that paint a clear picture of who you are. Assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory will tell you things that you should be aware of when you look for a career and even the next job.
Another takeaway is a starting point for research. Without the assessments you might not be able to think of all the possible careers that you would be interested in. But the assessments give you careers that you can research.
4. What are the next steps after you know your results?
Once you have taken the assessments, you should then develop a short list of careers that you want to learn more about. You should find out everything that you can about those careers, including entry requirements, work environment, duties, and salary information. Armed with this data, you can then refine your list, eliminating the careers that are no longer appealing based on what the careers actually entail.
5. Is it possible to find out in advance if a career is right for you?
Yes. You can conduct informational interviews with people who work in the careers that interest you to get a better sense as to whether or not the career is a good fit for you. You can also test the waters by doing part-time work in the field or doing volunteer work. This will give you a good reality check. Some careers sound very interesting until you actually enter them.
For professional assistance with finding your niche, talk to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.