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Where in the World is a Good fit for my Career?

Identifying the right career and looking for the perfect job is a skill. If you are not process-oriented, you may end up with a job that does not match your skills, interests, and abilities. There are many things that go to decide what the perfect career choice is for you.

Analyzing future trends in labor demand helps you to narrow down your career choices. However, selecting a career is not a mere matching process but has to be made in the context of many influencing factors. At the initial leaving-for-school stage, the student's home background is very important. Young adults from financially comfortable backgrounds, with parents more involved in their education, have a better idea about their career choice when compared to those from families that are economically challenged. The financial factor also plays a role when it comes to deciding on a career. Please visit Hottest Careers for industries that are growing and professions that are high in demand.

Go Where the Jobs Are
Some of the sectors that will generate the highest number of jobs in the future are healthcare, education, software, IT, and transportation. If you are looking for a job in IT, will you be looking at Las Vegas? If the job in your field is not available at your present geographical location, then it is logical that you have to consider moving. Research the options that are available in other cities, places that are experiencing a boom in some sector, or where the salary package is lucrative.

Geographical Relocation
Amenities such as proximity to essentials of modern living, good schools for children, and safe neighborhoods are some of the common factors that make a job attractive. When it comes to specific fields, specific sets of factors determine preferred geographical destinations.

Go Where the Jobs Are

Geographical Relocation

Let's take the example of healthcare. Professionals in this sector tend to migrate to areas that are more populated and where they will be better compensated for their services. This trend has resulted in rural-urban migration within countries. Healthcare workers have also moved between regions from developing to developed countries, lured by the high salaries, stable and affluent economy, political stability, security, etc. Another very important factor is the economic development of the country. Countries with high GDP have greater allocation for healthcare and hence more opportunities for those trained in healthcare.

Salary is one of the most important factors influencing career choice, but you would be wise to look at the state of the local job market. Education, technical qualification, and business experience are important factors that decide the salary package. But you will find that some areas of the country, whether due to overall cost of living or due to shortage of necessary skills, pay higher salaries. Moving to these areas will give better benefits. However, try to find out about related expenses such as housing, taxes, food, and transportation costs, to ascertain that the move makes sense in the long run.

Some Tools to Identify Job Prospects
There are several quick searches that you can do online to find about the different jobs that are available as well as get an idea of the local market. Job Boards is one of them. Local user groups also provide a current and reliable idea of salaries and working conditions.

Some Tools to Identify Job Prospects

The following sites will also be helpful:

BLS.gov
CoreStaff.com
Compensation-Online.com

Magazines have regular articles and columns on job listings with salary comparisons across different locations. Another direct and reliable way to identify suitable companies and locations is to attend business conferences where you will meet people from the field that is of interest to you.

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