Using the information you found in Step 7, compare the job titles to see which one is your best fit. You may find that you are willing to compromise on some things to find a good fit.
Here’s an example:
In Step 7, three job titles were explored – Environmental Consultant, Recycling Officer, and Digital Marketer. Daniel compared these job titles and these were his thoughts:
- “Environmental Consultant may be suited to me because I was really good at geography at school and I already have experience of working for an environmental charity and really enjoyed it”.
- “Recycling Officer interests me a lot as I feel that recycling is an area of huge importance, and it would mean a lot to me to help my local community”.
- “Digital Marketer may be good as there are lots of jobs, so it may be easier to get a job in this field than the other two, which could be more competitive”.
None of the jobs appeared to be Daniel’s ‘best fit’ – they all had good points. Daniel discussed his choices with his friends and family, and thought more about what was important to him. In the end, he decided to go for the job title of Digital Marketer. His reason was: “For me, this is the safest option. I have two young children and I need to have some financial security. It should be easier to find work in digital marketing as there are more roles available. I may even be able to find a digital marketing role within the field of environmental issues / recycling, which could combine my interests”.
Although the Digital Marketer role was Daniel’s best fit, someone else may have found one of the other roles to be a better fit for them. There is no right or wrong decision – the important thing is to find the job that is the best fit for you, no-one else.
Career decision-making can sometimes be challenging. Again, there is no right or wrong way to decide.
You may be like Daniel and prefer to weigh up the pros and cons of each job. Or you may prefer to go with your ‘gut’ instinct, or perhaps you may prefer to leave the decision to chance or fate. Whatever you do, it is your decision. But if you find this hard, talk to someone about it – ask people you trust for advice.
When you’ve chosen the job to go for, move on to Step 9 – Reverse Career Planning.