How To Choose The Basic Industry You Want To Work In


We all need to earn a living. But we don’t all have the same skills and ambitions. Some of us want to work in retail, others in the arts or education, and some may want to start their own business. If you’re looking for a change and aren’t sure which industry is best for you, here are some ideas on choosing an industry that suits your needs.

Find Your Passion

Make sure that the job you’re interested in doesn’t just tick the “good to have” boxes. The best opportunities are when you find a job that ignites a passion in you and leads you to your dream career.

How can you tell if you’re interested in a particular field? I once worked with a woman who was very interested in earning a living from horse riding, but the course fees were far too high. We calculated that she would have to do an extra 120-160 hours’ work a week to earn the money. She decided to change direction.

It’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends and fashions and feel a rush of enthusiasm when you think you might be able to combine your skill with an industry that you really care about.

Consider The Economy

The level of unemployment in certain industries can vary depending on the current economic situation. If there are a lot of jobs going and not enough people are seeking work, your industry could be on the lookout for workers. So, be aware of how the industry is going and how many jobs are available, so you can start making plans about where to find the right jobs in the right industry.

Decide How Much You Want To Earn

The type of work you do and how much you want to make has a big effect on how much you can earn. A job in an office tends to be more financially rewarding than a job working on a farm. This is because office jobs tend to have more positions in them.

However, a farmer’s salary can be higher if you only work during the summer, for example.

Do Some Research

The first step in choosing an industry is to do some research. Check what is currently going on in the industry and if there is a fair share of positions available. Always talk to people in the industry to get some first-hand advice.

Once you have a good idea of what the job prospects are like in the industry you are interested in, then it’s time to find a career path. Ask your school, university or organisation for advice. This can be given in the form of a careers advice booklet, or in other ways. If you have to apply directly, speak to the employment offices in your area.

And Now For Some Step-By-Step

If you’re finding the process of applying for a role difficult, then it’s time to consider alternative options. One option is to join the Civil Service, as a work experience placement.

What Industry Fits Your Skills?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is ‘what skills do I have?’. It’s easy to spend your youth working in jobs you don’t really like in order to build up qualifications you won’t be using. It can be even harder to know what you are good at, and that you can work in for the rest of your life.

For instance, I took an English degree and went straight into a traditional office job. The work was dull, the pay was low and I hated it. I soon learned that the experience of being ‘in the know’ and meeting new people on a daily basis made me more confident and happier. A few years later, I moved into the tech industry, where I had the freedom to work from home and manage my own time.

Choosing a Career in Finance or Accounting

If you want to become a finance or accounting professional, there’s a lot of choice to be made. Whether you want to set up your own finance business or work for an established firm, or you want to train to become a chartered accountant, finance and accounting are a lot more flexible than other areas of the workforce. This means that you can have a very varied career depending on your skills and experience.

Some people may prefer to work in large investment banks like J P Morgan, or as a specialist financial consultant. But others may prefer to work for a smaller firm, or as a self-employed specialist accountant. Either way, finance and accounting are an attractive option because they offer a lot of flexibility and variety.

Choosing a Career in Business, Marketing, or Management

There are a few different careers in business, marketing and management available that all offer a solid income and decent prospects for career progression. If you already have some relevant qualifications, such as a degree or diploma, you can even go straight into a managerial position without any experience.

While the possibility of spending years earning peanuts is extremely unlikely, it’s a good option for people who want to get a taste of what working in an office environment is like without having to commit to five years in the real world. You can work for a while in business without spending much or getting much experience, and then move on to the next stage. You can always move to a different career at some point down the line.

Choosing a Career in Healthcare, Education, or Human Services

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, you may choose to become a nurse or doctor, or even work in the emergency department. Careers in education include teachers, guidance counselors, and psychologists.

If you have an interest in human services, you might work in home care, child care, or as a nursing assistant.

Choosing a Career in Business

If you’re interested in a career in business, you might choose to be a receptionist, sales clerk, HR specialist, or assistant. Some other options include accounting and bookkeeping, customer service, marketing, shipping and receiving, and accounting.

Choosing a Career in Engineering

If you’re looking to make a career change, you might consider engineering. An engineering job can be both high-paying and have high job security.

Choosing a Career in The Arts, Media, or Communications

This isn’t one of the more popular industries, but is still relatively common. An example of someone who works in this industry is Hannah Mckay, a musician. She used to be a tutor and holds degrees in music, creative writing and publishing, so she has a wide range of experience which she uses to write songs and create music. She works from home and enjoys having time to herself. “I write during the week and go out to gigs on the weekend, working remotely via my laptop from anywhere with Wi-Fi. I feel like this is my time to get things done and focus on creating my music and art.

Starting Your Own Business

If you want to change your career and start your own business, you need to be sure that the venture is feasible. According to the UK Government website, the average cost of setting up a new company is £2,096, but that figure could be significantly lower or higher depending on factors such as the kind of business you start. The financial support available from government schemes may help you to set up a business if you can’t afford to do it entirely yourself. However, don’t ignore the fact that starting a business isn’t an easy prospect and you may have to dip into your own savings.

Being A Sales Manager

If you have a lot of contacts and experience, you could potentially make the perfect sales manager for a company.

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