If you are a regular reader, you might notice a common thread between blogs this month—choosing a career and choosing wisely. For some, the future is mapped, its charted, its financed, and ready to rocket to the limit. For others, choosing a career goal is an agonizing topic of ponderation.
I have two younger brothers, one who recently graduated college with an aviation administration degree and one who is in his junior year of high school. Younger Brother Number One had passionate interests since we were little kids. He had big dreams about becoming a pilot, and when he entered into his primary years at college, he made choices in his schooling that would potentially lead up to acquiring his career goal. It was easy for him. He knew what he was good at and what he hated. He had specific interests and worked his resources to the best of his ability. (However, I will mention that he chose a career whose industry tanked in the economic downturn, but that is, all together, another topic. Check out Choosing the Wrong Degree in a Bad Economy May Lead to Unemployment)The bottom line is he had a focus, a goal to reach, which helped him in his efforts at school—academically and emotionally.
Is that you? Are you Brother Number One? Do you have an idea of where you see yourself in ten years with regard to a career? If not, be encouraged. Many students have a fuzzy visualization of their employment prospects, similar to my youngest brother, Brother Number Two, who has absolutely no idea of anything regarding personal strengths, interests, career goals….nothing.
If you are like Brother Number Two, I appeal to you in every sense of the word, to ask yourself four basic, very general questions. Sometimes we look too much at the details and not at the bigger picture which can cause us to miss what it is we are looking for.
What Am I Good At?
First off, do NOT say “nothing.” That is not true. Everyone, every single person has a strength; however, some strengths are hard to find. There are clues or triggers that may help you in finding your strength:
What Do I Hate?
Aversions on their mild points can be effective motivators and can help you weed out things that you dislike on your path to a major and then on to a career.
For instance, I hate sales. I hate being the receiver of a sales pitch; I hate giving a sales pitch. Of course, I’m not saying I hate people who do sales. I’m simply saying the career and study of effectual sales is, for me, a huge deterrent to any job offer I might receive.
Think of things that you have misgivings for:
What Sounds Interesting?
Do you picture at all or romanticize an ideal job? Also, where do your interests lie? If you have none, do you have hobbies or things that entertain you, even as obscure as habitually watching YouTube videos? Examine your interest level when measured against the idea of a specific career.
Who Do I Know?
Have you heard the saying, It’s all who you know? Well, very typically, that saying is true. Sometimes, it is good to survey the “in’s” you may have as gateways toward steady future employment. In these cases, whether the job opportunity fits your model of a perfect career, it should come in at a close second. So if there is a empty office in the family business, a venture with a friend, or a job opening with a current or previous employer, it may be worth looking into …tuition reimbursement?
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