There's a lot riding on your decision when you selecting a career. You want to pick an occupation in which you can be successful for many years to come. Doing so can be effortful while you can change careers. It is easier if you don't have to do it too often. That means you should pick something that is not only suitable for you, but also can support you financially far into the future. Increase your chances of making a good decision by avoiding these very common mistakes. Many people think they should have a say in what career you choose—your parents, your friends, your significant other. They don't. In most cases your decision will have little impact on the other people in your life. You may be haunted by your parents' expectations to go into the same occupation they are in. You may know it as the one that helped put food in your mouth, kept a roof over your head and even paid your way through school. Ignore the pressure you may feel to please your mom and dad as hard is it is to do. Remember and remind your parents, that they made their own choices and now it's your turn in case is necessary.

What not to do when selecting a career

What was right for them may not be for you. In the long run, there's a good chance they'd rather see you happy in a career of your own choosing than unhappy in one you picked to please them.  Don't choose a career without taking the time to learn about it. You should make sure to gather information about typical job duties in addition to a job description. In case you skip talking to someone who currently works in the career field you are considering your homework is not complete. Those who are engaged in an occupation can provide you with a truthful account of what it's really like to work in it. If possible talk to a few people to avoid individual biases. Bringing home a paycheck is important, but the size of it isn't actually a great predictor of job satisfaction. In other words, if you hate what you're doing, you'll find it hard to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But you have to make 6 figures. Look for a balance between making enough money to support yourself and work that fulfills you. Your personality type, interests, values and aptitude make you better suited for some occupations than others. These traits are intrinsic, which means you can't change them. There is an excellent chance you will wind up in an occupation that is unsuitable for you in case you do not take them into account when selecting a career. Jobs in certain occupations are concentrated in specific cities—New York or Los Angeles for example—or in certain types of locations—such as cities versus rural areas. You have to scratch below the surface to find out whether you and a career are a good match so even  an occupation with a great outlook can be a bad fit