How to choose a career

How to choose a career

So you are about to enter the workforce... Now all you have to do is decide what to do with the rest of your life.

Monster has over 25 years of experience helping people find the right job. The obvious answer isn’t always the right one. You might super-excited to be going on to a graduate scheme that fits exactly with your university course –  that’s great! But how can you check that’s the right decision?

If things aren’t so clear-cut we can help.  Monster has found that, often, people feel unfulfilled in their jobs. Even extremely well-paid jobs don't always give people meaningful purpose - and it turns out that's an important part of being happy.

Last year 64% of respondents to our survey said they wanted to find work with a more meaningful purpose.

We have put together a free workbook for you. Six simple exercises and tools to confidentially analyse what motivates you and help show where you should focus – and how to get there. Download the free workbook now to access these tools.

1. Find your purpose with IKIGAI

If you can find a single answer to these four questions then your career could become your purpose.

  • What do you Love?

  • What does the world Need?

  • What are you good at?

  • What can you get paid for?

2. Get the benefit of Hindsight now – with the 10-10-10 test

Bagel or Muesli for breakfast? Should you take that job or go on a gap year? Get your decisions into perspective by considering their impact over 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years. This new perspective can feel like a superpower!

3. Understand the Value Paired Comparisons

Which job is better - a shorter commute, with more pay but longer hours? or a longer commute with free lunches and extra holiday?
 This step-by-step framework allows you to take any list and logically order it by how personally important factors are to you.

4. Visualise on a Decision Canvas

This canvas paints a picture to help you think. In a structured way, it will help you analyse yourself, your ideal job, and how to match them.

5. Prioritise with the Eisenhower Matrix

Do you ever find yourself so busy doing Urgent things, you end up missing doing the important things? This Matrix will take your to-do list and categorise it by Importance and Urgency. You'll know exactly what you should do now, what to schedule, what to delegate and what to delete!

6. Pros & Cons

Deciding whether to take that job? This is the classic decision tool for important yes/no questions.

Ready to get started?

Download the Free workbook now. These tools work best with pen and paper so ideally, print it out; but if not you can still use the workbook by hand on normal paper.

Choose a Career