I have been applying for jobs in HR, higher ed and events for the last 6 months with few results. I have also considered the Air Force but I have been told that officer positions are limited and extremely competitive right now.
Now I realize getting an MBA without much experience was not a great plan, especially in this economy. I am also not really sure what I want to do. I have taken several career tests and gravitate towards human resources, entrepreneurship and mentoring/teaching.
My question is twofold; how do I figure out which career path to take and then how do I get there?
Answer: Question #1 How do I figure out which career path to take? Research. Here are some Question that you can ask yourself to narrow down your interests to start your research.
- Is there someone in your past or present such as a family member or friend that you admire? What do they do?
- What do you spend the majority of your off time doing? Such as a sport, entertainment, or hobby. Sometimes the most obvious answers are the ones that are right in front of you.
- Are you afraid to take a chance? You may need to just take a chance on a career and see where it leads you.
- The education that an MBA gives you can be adapted to any career, what MBA classes did you enjoy most? Was it Marketing, Management, HR, etc...?
- If you're bored and heartily dislike your job, why haven't you left already? Wouldn't any job be better then that? Are you afraid to make another career mistake? "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ---George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)"
- Do you know anyone that works in that career? Ask them to be your mentor.
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2010-11 Edition published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells you the training and education needed; the earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job; and the working conditions of the majority of jobs in our economy.
Good luck. Once you make a decision I have not doubt you will be highly successful because you had the courage to ask this question.