Choosing A Career Based On Your Characteristics and Abilities

Choosing A Career Based On Your Characteristics and Abilities

Anas Bouargane 27/11/2019 5
Choosing A Career Based On Your Characteristics and Abilities

It’s not always easy to find the right career for yourself. You might be confident in your abilities, and you might have a good understanding of who you are as a person. Nevertheless, there are many self-assured people in the world with jobs that simply don’t suit them. This is partly due to the fact that we’re all encouraged to view a career as a chore. We’re encouraged to simply strive towards a good salary and expect happiness to follow, as a result. In turn, many people settle for unsatisfying jobs because they assume that’s the way of the world.

Obviously, financial stability is important, but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of career satisfaction. Most jobs involve hard work and challenging situations, but that doesn’t mean they should induce feelings of misery or sheer apathy towards your job. You should face problems that you want to solve. If your career is dull or uninspiring, then it might be time to look for something new. So, you should start thinking about the things you want from a job. This will help you to find your dream career. If you want to be satisfied with your job, then you need to choose a career based on your characteristics and abilities. The following suggestions might inspire you.

Travel Careers


Maybe you’ve always wanted to explore the world, but you’ve only ever had the time for short vacations during the summer break. Well, you don’t need to work in one place. There are plenty of careers which give people the opportunity to earn money whilst seeing new places. You could work on a cruise ship, for example. Many of the jobs on cruise ships are quite time-consuming and tiring, but the reward is that you’ll get to stop at plenty of incredible locations and take breaks to visit new places. Plus, you’ll make plenty of friends on a cruise ship. You’ll meet new guests on a frequent basis, and you’ll also form close friendships with your colleagues. Working on a cruise ship is a wonderful career.

There are other jobs that allow you to travel if you don’t fancy the idea of being at sea, of course. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of becoming a pilot but assumed that it was a career which was out of reach for you. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Obviously, it takes extensive training to become a qualified airline pilot, but you could have such a career if you wanted to put in the work and had the determination to get qualified. You might want to check out the top aviation courses on offer at universities all over the country. This could help you to get the degree necessary to become a pilot. The point is that there are plenty of different travel careers in this industry. You have so many options if you want to see the world whilst continuing to earn a living.

Environmental Careers

If you care about the environment, you might struggle to find a career which works for you. After all, so many industries contribute to climate change and resource depletion. It can feel impossible to find a career which doesn’t contribute to the destruction of the planet. The important thing to remember is that everybody has an effect on the earth. Instead of trying to lead an impossible zero-carbon life, you should seek a career which can actively solve many of the problems that face the planet. Perhaps you could become an environmental consultant, for example. You could teach companies how to reduce their carbon footprints and operate their businesses sustainably. Many clients are happy to spend money to save money. Or maybe you could consider a career in cleantech. As has been mentioned on this site before, the cleantech industry is one which suits anybody who wants to make a positive difference to the world.

Teaching Careers


If you’re a kind and caring person who wants to help other people, then you might want to consider a career in teaching. After all, this is one of the most important jobs in society. You’d be helping young people to learn and grow. You’d be helping them to become responsible adults who can find their own way in the world. Perhaps you could even help them to find their own career paths. As a teacher, you’d have the opportunity to change lives on a daily basis, so this could be the perfect career for you. And, obviously, there are many different subjects that can be taught at a school, so it suits people of various academic abilities.

Nursing Careers

If you’re the sort of person who wants to help people, then you might consider becoming a nurse practitioner (NP). Achieving full practice authority for NPs is relatively straightforward these days, meaning that you are free to provide some types of treatments to patients, without the need for a physician to monitor or supervise. 

Nursing careers have other benefits too. They’re great for individuals who score high on the compassion index. If you are the type of person who loves living for the benefit of others, it can be a wonderful path to pursue.

Artistic Careers

You might not feel inspired by many career paths if you’re an artistic person. You might be searching for a career that allows you creative freedom. Such jobs exist, even if you’re doubtful of that fact. You just have to think creatively. Not everybody can click their fingers and become the next J.K. Rowling or Van Gogh, but you can find an artistic career to satiate your creative hunger until you find success in your private artistic endeavours. If you love to draw, for example, then you could consider a career in graphic design. If you love to write, then you could consider a career in marketing; plenty of companies need creative copy for their websites and adverts. There are more artistic careers in the world than you might imagine.

Social Careers

Some people feel stifled in their jobs because they don’t have the ability to connect with other people. An isolated working environment is suitable for certain workers; that’s why so many people are starting to take flexible jobs and do most of their work from home. However, if you find yourself feeling isolated whenever you have to work on your own, then you might want to pursue a social career. Perhaps you could look for jobs in sales; you’d be able to talk to people on a constant basis. You could use your social skills to excel in such a career.

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  • Andrew Lockhart

    Certain strengths do not equal certain roles.

  • Michael Paraskevidis

    Having a satisfying career is all about the right fit.

  • William Bumbarger

    Putting skills into words can be a difficult thing.

  • Connor Wiley

    You need to have a plan to advance your career.

  • Ben Arnot

    I take my time to analyze and think critically about next job opportunities.

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Anas Bouargane

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Anas is the founder of CEF Académie, a platform that provides guidance and support for those willing to study in France. He previously interned at Unissey. Anas holds a bachelor degree in economics, finance and management from the University of Toulon.

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