How to go about identifying your career objective when doing your career planning? For those of us who are at a career planning stage, how do we go about identifying our career objectives?
Zhishang Career Expert Answer：
For any situation where you’re trying to identify and figure out your career objectives, what helps a lot is getting out and talking to people who do the thing that you’re interested in or may like to do. Frankly, this is the fastest, most effective way to find out what a particular profession or career track is really about.
For instance, if you’re interested in marketing or human resources, then talk to people who are currently pursuing a career in these functions. Ask them what they like about what they’re doing. What don't they like? What are the key qualities and capabilities needed to be successful in it? What is their day-to-day job like? What are the biggest challenges they face in their job? How do they see their career developing in their job function or industry?
Quick story, although I went to business school and got my MBA, I actually came very close to going to law school instead. At the time, I wanted to pursue a career that was more people-oriented and focused on helping others. The practice of law seemed like a great choice for me. I actually applied and got accepted to law school.
But while I was waiting to start, I started talking to lawyers. I couldn’t find one that really liked their job. I found out that what most lawyers did was completely different and not nearly as interesting as what was represented in movies and on TV. While everyone I spoke with liked studying law, nobody seemed to like practicing it. I feel very fortunate that I made the effort to talk to several lawyers before investing so much of my time, money, and effort pursuing a career track that I don’t think I would have ended up enjoying either.