Since a person's career is a very personal choice and reflects his or her personality, creativity, interests, and goals, it is sometimes beneficial if one begins by choosing a career path, instead of a career.
As the person continues to climb the ladder to a successful career, the prospect of additional promotions within or outside his company, continued educational opportunities, and the eventual possibility of starting his or her own business are also career pathing options. One needs to explore the subjects he/she liked in school, what he or she considers to be personal strengths and abilities, as well as what other people have said through evaluations at work or volunteer activities.The person's daydreams, his or her ideal job, and aspirations need to be considered as well. Dr. Holland says that people can be loosely classified into six different groups or personality types labeled Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.
If a person has a strong R (Realistic) type, he or she may like to work with his/her hands and use physical skills. The person may like to use tools, repair things, work outdoors, and have a desire for adventure.The Investigative personality (I) tends to focus on ideas, investigation, research, and technical activities. The Artistic Type (A) person is usually creative, intuitive, expressive and a non-conformist. Artistic people are the most creative of the six personality types.People who are a strong Social Type (S) like to engage in Caregiving activities, Group Activities and Social Events, Teaching, and Leadership. If one likes an enterprising job one will probably score with a high Enterprising (E) type. E types are found in the business world and include jobs in corporations and small businesses. The Conventional (C) vocational personality likes conventional jobs. They have arithmetic abilities are organized and efficient.
Making a career choice involves integrating our values, skills and interests, to identify what we can excel in and also be happy doing. "When you love what you do, you don't work a single day!" When making this choice taking an aptitude test, consulting a career counsellor or talking to an expert from the field of our choice can help. Deciding a career is often a major life choice, hence having a support system of family, friends and mentors is beneficial during the phase.