Choosing a career path is a big decision! I still don’t get how the world expects us to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives at such a young age.
No matter what you decide, it can always change. Nothing is set in stone and you have the power to change your path whenever you want. It’s important you are doing what you want to do otherwise you won’t be happy or satisfied, and who wants that? Don’t let anyone tell you any different, shoot for the stars! What have you got to lose?
This question gives you the chance to show your passion, motivation, and enthusiasm. Plus, it’s time to show them you know what you want.
This doesn’t mean you had to “choose” you career path. I didn’t choose my work at first, I just went and got a job because I needed one to pay for fuel, car expenses, life! But then a few years passed and I knew I wasn’t happy where I was, I wasn’t doing what I loved. While I enjoyed my work and learned A LOT there, it wasn’t my true path. A position was vacant in my dads company. I never got anything handed to me, I had to have an interview and show how my skills were right for the position and that I could do the job better than other candidates.
I wanted my dad to give me a job when I first left school as I wasn’t going to university. My dad is a great guy, probably the best person I know. But he wasn’t going to put his business in a bad position just to give me a job knowing I was straight out of school, a young immature teenager who hadn’t learned enough about life yet. He taught me a great lesson – that nothing comes easy and you should work for what you earn. So I had to go out and get a job on my own, achieve on my own, grow up and learn not to be so immature and how to take care of myself. As much as it frustrated me at the time, it worked. I went out and got a job. I learnt, I changed… I grew. People look at where I am in life now probably thinking it all came easy and I progressed through my dads business because of the fact I am his daughter, but that certainly isn’t the case. If anything, I was held to a higher standard and had to work HARDER than others to prove myself. I started in one of the lowest positions in the business and over the last 7 years I have worked my ass off to progress. I love my work, I can honestly say that I enjoy going to work and while at times it gets overwhelming I don’t feel like I am “working”. This is what I want for all of you! To find something you truly love, and enjoy doing so you don’t work – you live life.
Answering this question is more about you than the job, other sites or people might say to answer this to fit the job. Well, duh. But it’s more than that. Why you chose this career isn’t about THIS job. It’s about YOU. It’s about your WHY. Find your why and you will have your answer.
Are you a mortgage broker? Why? Are you wanting to help people get ahead financially? Are you a nurse? Why? Is it so you can help people recover and get better?
Don’t answer with something negative. If it was something negative that put you on this path, make sure you show them the light instead. Did you, or someone close to you lose their house due to poor financial advice, so now you want to stop that happening to others? OK, so instead of sharing the gory (angry) details keep it simple.
My brother had a financial planner a few years ago that was providing poor advice that lost them money. It opened my eyes and I wanted to make a difference, to help those who have been in a similar situation or to avoid it happening to them. To help them build their lives and live happily and securely.
This answer is best portrayed if heartfelt, and honest. Be creative, but short & sweet. Be yourself!