A List of Powerful Questions for Students Choosing Career Paths

by | Jan 26, 2017

Students who are choosing career paths while either in or out of school usually have serious thinking to do. Having a list of good essential questions can make that choice easier. Performance strategist Laura Garnett has provided a hundred of them in her INC article entitled 100 Essential Questions That Will Change Your Career Path (for the Better).

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Like us, Laura clearly believes in the importance of asking good questions:

“The answer always lies within us–it just takes some time to excavate. Asking questions is a great way to be more objective about your situation and to discover new things about yourself and the path you want to be on.”

We’ve chosen to share a preview of some of them for a few reasons. Firstly they’re incredibly insightful and useful questions for anyone at any point in their career looking for a change. But second, we discovered that many of these exact same questions could just as easily be used by senior students who are looking at choosing career paths before attending a post-secondary school.

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Some Questions for Choosing Career Paths

Here are just a few of the questions on Laura’s thoughtful list. We urge you to explore the full list of questions and consider how some of them could help your students to consider the right career.

  1. What do you like to learn?
  2. Do you do certain activities because you think it’s what you have to do?
  3. Are you creating a career for your parents, for society, from your own excitement, or for money?
  4. What is your definition of work?
  5. Do you believe that you can love what you do and make money doing it?
  6. What is your dream?
  7. Do you believe in yourself?
  8. What challenge excites you the most in your life right now?
  9. What impact do you want to have on other people’s lives or in the world?
  10. Do you feel confident that you are exceptional at something?
  11. When you were in college, what did you envision for yourself and your career?
  12. How important is loving your job to you?
  13. Do you have a career vision?
  14. Do you think of that vision often?
  15. How important is security to you?
  16. Are you willing to take a risk with your career and your comfort zone?
  17. Whom do you admire most?
  18. Do you think you deserve to have a job you love and get paid well?
  19. Are you confident most of the time?
  20. What is your number-one confidence barrier?
  21. What can you do to work on that barrier?
  22. What is your greatest fear?
  23. What advice would you give yourself today about where you are in your career based on where you want to go?
  24. Do you feel confident most of the time or do you struggle a lot?
  25. Do you enjoy working alone?
  26. How do you do your best thinking?
  27. Where do you do your best thinking?
  28. What can you do to ensure you are getting out of your comfort zone more regularly?
  29. What is driving you?
  30. What have you learned about yourself and your status by answering the above questions?



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