How To Figure Out The Best Career For You

For the third year in a row, Bustle’s Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on for career tips, insights, and inspiration to help get you there.

You were probably told when you were five years old that you could be anything you wanted to be when you grew up. Then, at 18, all of a sudden you had to know exactly what you wanted to do, and it had to be realistic. The truth is, when figuring out the career that’s best for you, neither of those attitudes will be very helpful. Determining which jobs to take, and what will make you happy in the long run, is a process.

Whether you’re a recent grad or years out of school, the beginning of a career isn’t defined by age — or even your degree. “Depending on the career, possessing a college degree in a given field may not be quite as important as how you choose to spend your free time. Many employers require a college degree, because it shows a level of dedication and perseverance,” Brad Stultz, human resources director at Totally Promotional, tells Bustle. “The activities, groups, and internships that a potential employee has on their resume paint a far clearer picture as to the type of employee they will be.”

You might have even been working somewhere for a few years only to discover that the fit wasn’t right. It’s important to constantly reevaluate where you are in comparison to where you want to be. Then start to determine how to get from point A to point B.

Are you unsure what point B looks like for you? With the rapid expansion of technology, there are career paths available that never existed before. When looking at your options it’s important to explore beyond the traditional. There are tons of jobs out there you may have never even heard of. The reason you might be having trouble deciding is because you’re unaware of the perfect career for you.

So where do you start when figuring out the right career for you? Here are a few tips.