There are many different ways to choose how you make a living.
You can focus on finding a career in what you’re good at. That’s certainly an approach that many people take.
You can also pursue the money. Look at the industries that have the biggest demand and biggest paycheck. Again, this is a path that many professionals take.
The third option, when choosing a career path, is to look at where you’re interested and what topics you’re passionate about.
There are, of course, pros and cons to any approach. You can follow the money and end up unhappy. The same is true with pursuing what you’re good at. And let’s face it, if you choose to follow the money now, the industry may change in the future. Technology is nothing but an ever-evolving industry.
The ideal situation, as you might imagine, is to align all three; to find joy in what you are good at and to make good money doing it.
To make that happen, it’s recommended that you follow your passion. But that’s a difficult task if you don’t know what that is.
The following tips and questions may help you find your technology passion and career path.
What do you Enjoy Right Now?
Pay attention to where you spend your time. Do you have technology related hobbies? Do you find yourself drawn to specific magazines or websites devoted to a particular technology industry? What do you enjoy talking about or learning more about?
Your answers to these questions can be clues to your passion. For example, if you love reading about and talking about applications and application development, then that might be the industry for you. If you’re fascinated about medical technology, then that may be the field.
What did you Enjoy as a Kid?
You might be surprised to realize that you’re still passionate about things that you loved as a kid. So what did you love to do? Were you obsessed with sports? Maybe there’s a path for you in application development for the sports industry or safety technology.
Give Something a Try.
Give something that you think you’re interested a try. You don’t have to get a job in the field, though you certainly can. Another approach is to volunteer or to create your own project. You can also freelance. For example, if you have an interest in application development, then try developing your own application and see how it goes.
It’s always a good idea to talk to people in different industries. You can gather information and see how your interests and skills match with various options. Networking is a great way to be exposed to a variety of industries and career paths.