One of the decisions that most mark the course of a person’s life is to choose a professional field in which to dedicate themselves and in which to function. Having a clear vocation is something that many already have since childhood, but then there are also exceptions reflected in all those who do not know where to guide their working life . The talent and interest of a person in a specific field, be it artistic, focused on numbers, humanistic , etc., is what, in most cases, conditions their future career path.

To know what one’s true vocation is, the fundamental thing is to avoid overly demanding expectations, both your own and those of others, and avoid comparisons. Generally, decisions oriented to the future of work are always conditioned by factors such as salary or prestige and not so much by talent, which in many cases ends up causing frustration and blockages. Being guided by personal interests will always generate greater personal satisfaction so if you want to be guided by your passions when deciding your future professional path, then you will find the keys to find out your true vocation.

Identify which area you are interested in studying more

This is probably the main basis on which you will have to work to decide on one professional path or another. When choosing a specialty, be it a university degree or a higher cycle, the main thing is to decide which professional area is the one that best suits your interests and internal motivations . For example, if you have always been interested in music and are passionate about playing different instruments, you may want to orient your future work to the musical field and become a musician, music teacher, composer, etc.

Be that as it may, the ideal way to find your own vocation is to be honest with yourself and find out within which professional branch is what you like to do the most. If your tastes and concerns move towards an artistic branch, there are many plans to study in which to develop your creativity and imagination such as Fine Arts, Advertising or Audiovisual Communication. If then on the other hand you prefer to work in a job that consists of helping people or animals, you can orient yourself towards health studies such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Psychology. Also, if yours is more oriented towards technology or numbers, you can direct your future by getting into an Engineering, Computer Science or Architecture. The ideal is to mix your skills and motivations and search based on them.

Talk to other students and / or people already graduated

If you are more or less clear about your vocation, but you still doubt whether or not it is the correct choice, another valid option that will help you considerably is to ask for advice from someone who is studying the cycle or degree in which you are interested or even to a person who is already doing the job in question. This will help you, above all, to clear up doubts about the subjects that you will have during the different courses and the job opportunities that you will find once you finish your studies.

Something advisable will be to find out, during the training, the types of knowledge that you will acquire and also the internship bag. At present, all this information can be accessed through the official websites of universities and training centers, but it is always better to contact a final year student or someone who is already practicing to get truthful information and concrete answers.

Do not be influenced by the opinion of others

When it comes to choosing a certain career path, it is quite likely that you will hear discouraging phrases that encourage you to choose professions that enjoy greater prestige or higher salaries. In general, careers such as medicine, law or any type of engineering are highly valued within society, unlike others such as fine arts, history or anthropology. This value judgment on the part of the population makes many decide to study based solely on job opportunities or the prestige of a certain career. As a result, you can end up finding yourself in jobs that don’t satisfy you or make you happy for life.

To avoid frustrations and situations that are difficult to reverse, the ideal is not to be influenced by the opinions of others . If a person puts passion in studying and performing a certain job, their quality of life and personal growth may be even higher than that of another who earns twice as much with a job that does not bring him anything . There is a saying that says “Choose a job that you like and you will not have to work a day of your life” and that perfectly sums up the idea that the best thing to be happy with yourself is to dedicate yourself to something that allows you to survive , albeit humbly, and it brings you satisfaction.

Don’t be interested in various disciplines

Another of the internal problems or conflicts that many people encounter is that they do not decide on a single professional field. Typically, a person has many different concerns and is interested in totally different or opposite things. In order to correctly choose a career path, it is important to prioritize which skills are the most profitable in the long term in order to develop a complete and satisfying career. In most cases, it may be the case that there are several interests that can complement each other and apply to job performance.

For example, if a person dreams of studying journalism, but at the same time also shows interest in the world of health, it is possible to combine both disciplines to work on something related to both areas. After completing a first training cycle, it is possible to specialize within that training with a complementary study that responds more to another discipline. In the aforementioned case, a certified journalist may end up specializing in popular science and end up in a job that allows them to exercise two of their great passions.

Anyway, if your doubts are very big, you can count on professionals to help you. If we are in the institute or studying Vocational Training, we have the school counselor. If not, there are centers where they offer professional guidance services, from coaching, and the best profile that can help you in this regard is a psychologist, pedagogue or psychopedagogue. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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