Whether you’ve just graduated or want to change careers, make sure you don’t make these common mistakes.

“It’s easy to choose the right career”
No it isn’t. There are a lot of factors you need to consider before jumping into a career. What do you enjoy? What are your best traits? What are your weaknesses? You really have to know yourself well before before being able to find the right job for you.

“I’ll just go see a career counsellor or do a test”   
This is not true. A counsellor could provide you with guidance, but won’t tell you where you should be. Also, many career tests available online are not always accurate and can be easily manipulated to your desired results. It’s really up to you to figure out who you are first.  

“My hobby won’t pay the bills”
Wrong. There are plenty of hobbies that can be a full-time jobs. It’s important to choose a career that you’ll enjoy, and if you can make money from it, why not? As the saying goes, “if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. If you need help with a business plan to make it lucrative, take a course in business. Read this to find out if you have a winning business idea.

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“It’s best to choose a popular career”
While it could be very lucrative to choose a job that’s right at the top of a “best jobs” list, your skills and interests might not match what the job requires. For example, if you’re a creative at heart and love expressing yourself through dance or baking, it might not be wise to study engineering and mathematics that requires set formulas and algorithms.

“Money is all I need”  
Yes, salary is important, but all the money in the world won’t a make a difference to a job you hate. Remember, you’ll have to spend most of your day at work, which is a long time to be unhappy.

“Once I choose my career, there’s no turning back”
This could not be further from the truth. If you do become unhappy in your career, you can change it; you’re the master of your own universe. Even top CEOs have changed their careers their careers a few times and still be successful. If it's time for a career rethink, don't be afriad to make the change.

“My friend is very happy in her job and we’re quite similar, which means that I’ll be happy too, right?”
Wrong. Each person is unique, as much as you’d like to believe that you two are identical in every way, you aren’t. You have to find the job that is right for you. If you really are interested in their job, do some research or a job shadow before making any rushed decisions.

“I can’t learn about a job if I’m not in it”
It’s always great gaining experience yourself, but it’s not the only way to learn about a job. The internet is a great resource and you could ask people, who are in your desired position, for their experiences.

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