Three (more) natural talents that can lead you to a successful career
In the previous entry, we looked at how you can turn your natural talents into solid careers, by examining three possible fields of study to enter based on your talents. Choosing a career that matches the abilities you already have is the third part of what I consider to be the key to success, the other parts being a career that pays well, and one that offers high levels of job satisfaction. If you go into a field of study that matches your talents, then you'll get to spend your time honing and refining what you can already do, rather than starting from scratch, setting you down a pathway to success with a solid foundation of skills. So, it's important to look at what your talents already are. We previously looked at the arts, math, and business, but there's more skills you may have, that may lead you to other career paths, including...
If you're good at science and research
You're in school because you want to learn and discover, and science is where you excel. Maybe you know the periodic table front to back, or you know the proper processes of an experiment, and you enjoy gathering information and turning theory into fact. You're comfortable in a laboratory or research setting, and want to discover and create things in the scientific world. There's also a social good to this, as there's a very real need for innovators and creators in the medical technology sector, which is why Centennial College's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science offers Biomedical Engineering Technology. There's other practical fields you can use this talent to enter as well, such as Biotechnology, Environmental Technology, or even Food Science Technology. Or, if you're a bit more hands-on with the technological side of science, you might want to go into Energy Systems Engineering Technology. Speaking of that last one…
If you prefer hands-on work
There's something to be said about practical, hands-on work. Maybe you like building things, working on equipment, or toiling outside. You like directly creating the fruits of your labour, with no middleman. You're good with your hands, and believe in working up a sweat and putting in a hard day's work in its purest form. I've discussed previously how skilled trades get a bad rap, when in reality, they're useful, lucrative, and require just as much brains as brawn. If you're thinking of entering the skilled trades, then the first step is up to you, but Centennial College can work with you on the second step. For more details on how apprenticeships work, since they're frequently misunderstood, have a look at these blog entries.
If you're interested in helping people
Not everyone has the will and emotional fortitude to give themselves to society's less fortunate. If you have that skill, harnessing it is essential, which is why the college offers programs in its School of Community and Health Studies including social service work, enabling you to be an agent of change. But it doesn't have to go that far. You might simply enjoy helping other people, and passing on knowledge, assistance, and wisdom. You're sociable, empathetic, and good with people. In that case, the college also offers programs in Community Development Work, Child and Youth Work, and Community and Justice Services, among others.
There's no right way to pick a career. It takes a bit of research, and a bit of a gut feeling. You'll need to analyze what you value most, where you want to go, and what you're capable of doing. No matter your talent, though, there's a career out there that uses it, and Centennial College can help you reach that career.
By Anthony Geremia