Your career is not going to start itself. The best way to start is by starting today and not procrastinating it. If you are in school, you have already started your career. Education is key to getting started. Knowledge is power. If you have not gone to college, do not worry either, your experiences have gotten you to where you need to be. You can start where you are at.
Find What Interests You
Finding what interests you could potentially start by asking yourself the question, “what do I like to do and why?” Writing down or talking to someone about your answer is what usually can allow you to get to the answer you are looking for. If what fuels this something that you like is passion, that might be something that you could do for a while and do well. Making that leap to making what you are passionate about an actual career can be something you are scared of. That fear may be a good thing. It may mean that you care about what you do and do not want to mess it up. That is normal.
Once you find what is interesting to you, try to find people that also have that interest or a similar one to you. You may not be someone who likes taking the lead in a business, so, join one. See what they are doing and see if it is a good fit for you.
Something key is to find what makes you stand out from the crowd of other people who have a similar interest in what you do. That difference is what will help keep you going and what you will fall back on when things get hard. The things that make someone unique is what keeps them on the map.
Run or Join a Business
The trick is to do something with the skill or interest that you have. Apply for a position within a company or take a risk with it to get started. Try something new and get out there. With the start of something new comes options for new learning and a larger capacity to understand, and more understanding brings you a perspective that is valuable. That new perspective allows you to see things in a new light. For example, if you have worked in product management in the past, then you could get a new job in Quality Assurance, or QA. Applying a previously-learned skill to learn a new skill is a valuable talent and will improve your career for years to come.
This was briefly mentioned before, but it cannot be emphasized enough. Networking is what sells. As you frequently communicate with peers and clients, you will get learn how to better do your job. People like to talk. Talk about your work, and make sure to thank people when they spread your message.
Help other people with their businesses grow and not just your own. This will help you create a good ethos not only with that company for future arrangements, but also to help in the community. People will see what you are doing and your company will grow because the more people who find out about it, the better it is.
Be true to who you are when you are starting, re-starting, or jump starting your career. A lot of people get lost when something starts working for them. Do not forget to take a step back every once in a while to see your progress and make adjustments. If you get stuck or sick of the same thing, do not forget that you can look elsewhere for something new within your same interest.