In addition to career values and personality, something to consider when choosing a career is natural skills and abilities. If you’re good at what you do, you’re more likely to like your job and have confidence in your career goals. Being good at something doesn’t guarantee career satisfaction, but it does increase the odds of fulfillment. Some skills and related careers:
Creative people have a natural ability to think up new ideas, create unique things and imagine possibilities others don’t see. Creativity takes many forms; it can mean painting a picture, designing a piece of clothing, or writing music. No matter how you express your creativity, there’s probably a job that fits.
Career options for creative individuals: interior designer, photographer, animator, fashion designer, graphic designer, web designer, art director, makeup artist
Skill: Helping Others
Do you love helping people? Do others often come to you for advice or assistance? A helping nature comes more easily for some than for others. And helping careers often provide the most satisfaction. Some jobs that involve directly helping others:
Career options for helpers: social worker, nurse, teacher (k-12), mental health counselor, medical assistant, respiratory therapist, occupation therapist, physical therapist
Math is hated by a lot of people, but a lucky percentage of the population excels in math. If you’re great at math and love the subject, consider a career that requires a high degree of mathematical skill. The bonus is that these careers tend to pay well.
Career options for the mathematically inclined: financial analyst, actuary, statistician, operations research analyst, computer programmer, cost estimator
Some people are just born to lead. They have the ability to communicate and persuade others better than most. Management positions are ideal for natural leaders.
Career options for natural leaders: lawyer, marketing manager, clergy, education administrator, project manager, human resources manager, sales manager
Those with mechanical skills like doing hands-on work rather than abstract tasks. They prefer to see the direct results of their work and have a natural affinity for working with machinery or tools.
Career options for hands-on types: electrician, plumber, HVAC technician, auto mechanic, welder
Skill: Abstract Thinking
Abstract thinkers are able to consider general principles and concepts, going beyond what is here and now. Most people can think about what’s right in front of them (concrete thinking) but it can be difficult to think more generally about ideas.
Career Options: physicist, architect, urban planner, writer, composer, animator, graphic designer