Choosing a Career Path: Let Your Strengths Guide the Way

Choosing a Career Path: Let Your Strengths Guide the Way

Picking a major can be a hard decision. Since it determines your future career, selecting a degree program can be a rather stressful process—particularly when you don’t know where to start!

For years, tests like Myers-Briggs and Strengthsfinder have been matching skills and personality traits to career paths. Identifying your skills will not only increase your career satisfaction, but can also help you build your long-term career goals. Let’s walk through a handful of degrees and careers that coincide with specific skillsets—see which one speaks to you:

Manufacturing and Industrial Management

Skills: problem-solving skills, detail-oriented, dexterous, mechanically oriented, flexible with job tasks, creative


  • Operations managers
  • Industrial engineers & production managers
  • Mechanical & biomedical engineers
  • Industrial machinery mechanics
  • Metal and plastic computer-controlled machine tool operators
  • Maintenance technician
  • Welders
  • Logisticians



Are you creative and adept at solving problems? The skill sets above present a great range of options throughout engineering, manufacturing, and management. For example, an industrial engineer uses creativity to design new production processes across different industrial settings. A machinist, on the other hand, uses both problem-solving programming knowledge to design and produce machine parts to meet a specific functionality or blueprint. The possibilities for a career in manufacturing are endless.

With a manufacturing degree, you’ll be taking classes in industrial materials and plane trigonometry. Sound interesting? Take a look at the degree details for Manufacturing and Industrial Management at the Midlothian Higher Education Center (MHEC).


Skills: communication skills, observational skills, patience, problem-solving skills, compassion, trustworthiness


  • Research Psychology Assistant
  • Consultant Statistician
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Case Management
  • Rehabilitation counselor



Are you observant and able to recognize behavioral cues that other people do not notice? A psychiatric technician is a great career path for those who have a passion in caring for people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. Being compassionate and having strong interpersonal skills are key to this industry. A rehabilitation counselor will help people with disabilities to live independently by providing ongoing support and counsel.

Other possible careers include a research assistant, who must be able to understand and find applications for research within day-to-day professional practice.  Students can start by assisting MHEC professors in their research to see if this profession strikes a chord with them.

With a psychology degree, you’ll be taking classes in topics ranging from child psychology to abnormal psychology. Visit the Midlothian Higher Education Center’s website for more details on this degree program.

Business Administration/ General Business

Skills: analytical skills, communication skills, detail-oriented, leadership skills, math skills, organizational skills


  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Loan Officer  



Do you have an interest in analyzing numbers? With a career as an accountant, you will get the chance to practically apply your math skills by creating financial statement audits and reviews for both large and small clients.

As a financial manager, you’ll oversee important documents and create plans for the long-term financial goals of your company. In this position people with communication skills, business and financial expertise, leadership abilities, integrity, resilience, innovative ideas truly thrive.

If this sounds like your forte, you will be taking classes in accounting, marketing, and management classes. For more information visit Midlothian’s degree page.

Criminal Justice

Skills: communication skills, empathy, leadership skills, perceptiveness, physical stamina, strength, decision making skills, good judgment, inquisitiveness, writing skills


  • Private Detector
  • Law enforcement Officer
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Correctional Officer



Are you quick to help someone who is in need? As a law enforcement officer, you will protect people by providing first aid to someone in a traffic accident or injured in a domestic dispute until paramedics arrive. A career in criminal justice also requires that you will be able to readily adapt to situations and make sound judgements in stressful situations.

With a criminal justice degree, you will be taking classes in criminal evidence and professional writing. For more information, read more on the Criminal Justice degree program at MHEC.


Skills: analytical skills, critical-thinking skills, interpersonal skills, mechanic skills, physical strength, supervision skills   


  • Agricultural manager
  • Agricultural sales & development manager
  • Agricultural loan officer
  • Farm owner



Do you have a knack for supervising people? What about an interest for the agricultural process? A career as an agricultural manager will require hiring and overseeing production workers and supervising the development of crops and animals. Other responsibilities include managing the daily operations of a nursery or large farm.

This will prepare you for positions on the business side of agricultural. If you are skilled at examining data and analyzing trends, another career to consider is an agricultural economist. You’ll spend your day identifying trends and making predictions for the agricultural market.

With an agribusiness degree, you will be taking classes in agricultural marketing systems and economics of agricultural management.

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