- May 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm #33872
I am a recent Management graduate and am looking to understand which career would suit me.
The text might be a bit long for some of you, but I hope that you will have the patience to read through my case. I would be very grateful for any advice, no matter how small.
Although there's much I need to learn about myself, here's what I do know:
I am a creative, independent and competitive man. I like creating my own things and trying out ideas to make things easier or improving them. I am also interested in business – the result of 4 years of study – and would like to have a job that fits within a business environment.
I dislike day-to-day activities that never seem to end; I enjoy being able to visualise the purpose of my work and the impact it will have. I like to be personally involved in creative projects and see them from beginning to the end, and be able to say “It's my work, right here, I helped build it with my own personal ideas, and it makes a difference to my environment”.
I grew up as a strong introvert, and disliked groups from a young age, being unable to relate to my peers. However, I have learned over the years how to deal with people and I though I still do not excel in groups, I have strong 1-on-1 abilities. I am very good at listening and understanding an individual and am able to be very empathetic and help them by analysing their strengths and weaknesses and giving them constructive advice. I have read several books on human psychology and would be keen to apply it usefully in a business context.
I also have developed strong presentation skills, and can convey ideas in a convincing, confident manner.
I had two main jobs so far. My first one was as a team member in a cinema. I disliked the job. My duties were to stand around either serving people food or taking their tickets. Neither made me feel worth anything. It seemed like a meaningless job a machine could do.
My second job was porfolio and database analyst. Though the job was rather repetitive, having to export databases and consolidate them, I came to like the job when I became really efficient and fast in doing it. It made me feel like a niche expert, and no one else could do it like I could. However, the days were rather similar and time seemed to stretch. I finished my projects early and was bored.
On one occasion, I worked two days in a row, 9 hours a day without any break. My boss asked me to create something so that when I left my job, somebody else could take it up easily. I loved it because he didn't tell me what to do specifically – I could invent anything I saw fit, as long as it worked. I proceeded to create macros for easing the tasks, as well as writing out a guide, full with pretty images and screenshots. I was proud of my work and was happy to do it all day long.
Based on this, could you tell me what jobs/careers you think would suit me best? Any advice is very welcome. Thank you for reading !
Have a nice day !January 7, 2018 at 11:06 am #36250
I notice that you posted this a long time ago and you have probably found some answers yourself, but I thought I would write my response in case it is helpful for someone else… I expect the reason you haven't had a response until now is because it's such a big question, and really only you can answer it.
The first task in a career search is identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and what you enjoy and don't enjoy. You seem to have done this yourself and have put this into the text above. Based on this and your experience as a Data Analyst perhaps you should continue in Data Science. It is currently a quickly growing sector and many companies are looking for competent staff to move into management positions. Alternatively a Graduate Scheme offered by many large companies would be a good start allowing experience in a wide variety of posts to help you recognise what you enjoy doing. Or perhaps you should consider working for yourself. If you can create something, perhaps an App, which solves a problem then maybe you can be an entrepreneur.
Always remember that whatever career you jump into, it doesn't have to be what you stick with forever. You may decide that in just a few months or even decades something else appeals. It won't be the end of the world to change again.
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