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  Discovering a career that matches your skills is one of the biggest challenges young people always face. Most often, after one’s bachelor’s degree or as a new professional starting out a career journey, we often carry out several analyses and calculations on which career best matches our skills. There are several advantages to matching your skills with your career.
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For instance, when you build your career around your skills, you tend to be driven and passionate, compared to someone who is struggling between career and skills misfit. Secondly, when your skills and career match, it can make you climb your career ladder in a short time. Thirdly, when there is a sync between your skills and your career you can readily earn a fee from it in a brief period. In this article, I discuss how new and old professionals who are starting or seeking a career switch can discover the right career that matches their skills.
  • Focus On Careers Aligned With Your Personality
Knowing your personality trait is very pivotal when trying to settle for a career. The two dominant personality traits are introvert and extrovert. There are ideal jobs for each personality. For example, the extrovert who is usually outspoken, outgoing, talkative, playful, and always sanguine is ideal for careers in marketing, broadcasting, acting, event planner, and so on. On the other hand, the introvert is someone who is withdrawn, calculated, cautious and laid back. The best careers for these people include accounting, science, engineering, writing, etc. Furthermore, choosing a career strongly relies on your strengths and weaknesses. Your strengths and weaknesses can be both your physical, mental and emotional fitness and powers. There are people whose weakness is impatience. Such people are not fit for careers in the medical and hospitality fields. While someone whose strengths are being a people person or a nurturer, such a person is ideal for careers in nursing and other medical fields, so long she has the mental training and education. 
  • Set Your Career Goals
When it comes to planning, goals should come first. Don’t be troubled if you don’t have a clear idea yet — a simple outline will do. For instance, you can ask yourself some of the following questions:
  • What do I intend to achieve with my career?
  • Which undertakings do I relish the most?
  • What are my favourite hobbies?
  • What are my soft and hard skills?
  • Am I interested in managerial roles?
This set of questions and other related ones will help you narrow down your career path. However, ensure that you are giving well-thought answers before making any choice.
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Also, to best make a career choice that doesn’t choke or frustrate you in the long run, ensure that it gives you a possibility of work-life balance.
  • Work On Your Skill Set
The most practical way to align your career and your skills is by working on your skillset. Once you have gained clarity on the careers that you love, think of the skills that you can build your career upon. Improve on the available skills you have while attempting to pursue a new skillset. Furthermore, when assessing the skills you won’t learn, you must be practical and realistic. Tick through your list of skills and as well take into consideration your diplomas and degrees. Also taking into account your hobbies and soft skills are also greatly important, particularly those related to attitude and critical thinking. If you’re assessing managerial roles, you should also work on your leadership and communication skills. Further, when choosing skills, focus on those that have prospects. Nobody knows everything when starting (nor indeed later on), so don’t stress over it. Many soft skills (such as introducing employee apps, collaboration and work ethics) can be refined with experience, so you need to be knowledgeable of the circumstance at all times and examine various approaches. On the other hand, you can learn hard skills.
  • Set Your Desired Salary Range
Identifying your desired interests, skills and values is crucial, but the question is its financial profitability. This is the biggest truth you must tell yourself. It’s specifically because of this that finding a career that aligns with your interests is necessary, otherwise, you’ll be stuck in an endless limbo of unpleasant tasks and mentally overwhelming social events. Sadly, many people find themselves in this vicious circle, so think ahead. First, think about the salary range you should be striving for but, again, be logical. Everyone wants to progress; it’s a natural thing to expect, but everyone also has to start somewhere. Several people who’ve just earned a degree have unrealistic dreams about their first job. The truth is that a degree is only the requirement for a job; the real skills are learned on the go. Featured Image Source: Business2Community
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This article was first published on 3rd April 2022


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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