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How to Find for the Right Job for You

Need guidance on choosing a career path? GO CAPS Coordinator Karen Kunkel and Paden Wilcox, chair of The Network for Springfield's Young Professionals, share their tips for finding the right job for you.

By Haley Phillips

Nov 2019

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Photo courtesy ShutterstockThrough some research and experimentation, it's possible to find the perfect career path.

Determine Your Strengths and Interests

Having an aptitude for math or science doesn’t always mean that you should choose a career in that field. Instead, Karen Kunkel suggests finding out more about what skills you have and determining what your strengths and interests are through personality tests. Many will offer you potential career options based on your answers.

Paden Wilcox didn't go to college and today, he's the business development director for Computer Recycling Center LLC. 

Job Shadow and Apply for Internships

From the outside, some careers might seem exciting, but spending time on the job can give you a much more realistic snapshot of what a profession entails for its workers. That’s why Paden Wilcox encourages job shadowing, internships and externships to help you learn more about the day-to-day routine of any job and see if it’s the right fit for you.

Volunteer at a Variety of Organizations

Volunteering is a great way to explore many professions and see which one best fits your personal interests. Kunkel suggests reaching out through school, church or a family member for opportunities to volunteer with diverse organizations and businesses in the community.

As GO CAPS Coordinator, Karen Kunkel has the inside scoop about nontraditional career paths. 

Know Your Options and Keep an Open Mind

Ultimately, there is not one path that is right for everyone. “The workforce is changing so much, so we need to get out of the traditional paths that parents sometimes think kids needs to go on,” Kunkel says. Whether it be a two-year trade school or a bachelor’s program, talk to your school or career counselor about what fits your future. “There are lots of other career opportunities and career paths that can be just as lucrative and just as fulfilling in services that we need in the community,” Wilcox says.