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How to Find Career Direction Without Seeing a Career Counselor

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How to Find Career Direction Without Seeing a Career Counselor

Question: I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Delhi while working for the Times of India. My problem is that whatever I try, I tend to enjoy it and do well. I’ve tried advertising, management and information systems, all successfully. I would be happy working in international trade and economics with a consulting firm, in media management or as an economic journalist. But I’m confused. I know I can do a lot of things (I have a lot of surplus energy), so do you have any suggestions other than seeing a career counselor or a psychiatrist?
— Aditya, Delhi, India

Aditya: Making the best choice depends on deciding what really turns you on. Of course, no one says you have to choose just one, so don’t. Start with the best opportunity you can find in terms of responsibility or salary, then try something different after a year or so. Plan to change careers again a year after that. Unless a job is a real loser, try to stick with each one for at least 12 months to get a thorough understanding of the duties and rewards. By experimenting, you’ll learn where your skills are most appreciated and, more importantly, what brings you the greatest amount of satisfaction.

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