Wednesday, February 2, 2011

You Can Have a Great Career Doing What You Love

A career is a lifelong endeavor and making the right career choice will impact virtually everything you do in the future. It will not only determine what tasks you will do each day in your job, but it will also impact how much money you make and what kinds of things you can do in your spare time based on that amount.

Oftentimes high school and college students choose their careers based on practicalities rather than on what they really want to do. Here is an example:

Allie is a high school senior whose parents want her to go to nursing school after she graduates. They think nursing will be a good, solid career for her because she will always have a job. And, a family friend has offered to help her find a school and fill out the paperwork.

Allie decides to meet with a career coach before making her decision, although she is leaning toward nursing. When asked what she believes she will be doing all day if she becomes a nurse, she realizes she doesn’t know.

After talking to some nurses about their jobs and doing some research into some general and specialty areas of nursing, Allie determines that she definitely will not be happy being a nurse.

Allie takes a personality test and gets her personality profile. Then she starts talking about things she likes to do. She likes a sewing class that she is taking and she is making her own prom dress. When she was younger, she used to like to cut pictures of clothing out of magazines and make different outfits. She doesn’t like computers and has an outgoing personality.

Allie starts college and is taking a speech class that she loves. Her teacher tells her that she is doing well.

After reviewing a variety of career options, Allie decides that she wants to be a fashion publicist, but her parents continue to push her toward nursing. She ultimately caves and decides to go with the “good, solid career choice” rather than pursuing what she loves.

If you are like Allie and are settling for something less than you deserve, I would urge you to take some time to figure out how you can have a good, solid career doing what you love. It will be worth the investment.

If you’re not sure how to go about researching different jobs, this book can get you started: The Career Chronicles: An Insider's Guide to What Jobs Are Really Like - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Over 750 Professionals You deserve to have a career and a lifestyle that you love.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Having Trouble Deciding on a Career?

Today’s high school and college students often have great difficulty choosing a career. With so many out there to choose from, finding out about all of the different options can be quite challenging. Sometimes a particular career can sound appealing, but if you actually knew what it involved you wouldn’t even consider it.

As an example, I recently fielded a question from a high school student who was thinking about being an interior designer, a lawyer or a CSI. I pointed out that these are drastically different careers. An interior designer typically works with happy people who are buying a new home or making improvements to the one they live in. Lawyers work with people who are fighting with each other. A CSI job can be very interesting if you like figuring things out, but may involve irregular hours be more on the negative side since you’re dealing with crimes.

If you’re not sure which career is right for you and you want more details about various careers and their pros and cons, here is a great book that provides a lot of specific career information.

This book is excellent for helping people choose a career. It gets the nitty-gritty details from real life professionals to help you make a well-informed decision about your career. It even tells you whether the professionals would go into the same field if they could do it over again.

So if you’re not sure which career will suit your personality best, take the time to review the careers detailed in this book. It’s the key to making an educated decision about your future.

The Career Chronicles: An Insider's Guide to What Jobs Are Really Like - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Over 750 Professionals

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Life is Short, Do What You Love

So many times, people make career choices by being practical rather than finding a way to make money doing what they love. Then they spend the best years of their lives trying to find time to squeeze in a few precious moments to do what they really want to be doing. Why not plan your career so that you can work in the field you love?

If you like chemistry and calculus then go ahead and plan a career as a pharmacist. But if you love golf, then why be a pharmacist? You can find a well paying career as a marketing and sales professional, a food and beverage manager, or something else in the golf industry. Perhaps you’ll want to own a golf course. That way, even if you can’t have your dream job of being a professional golfer, you will be working around golf, you’ll be around others who love the game, and you will likely have many more opportunities to play than you would working at a pharmacy.

A simple search can get you started. For example, I searched “careers in golf” and found the following three websites that help people get into careers in golf:

Golf Futures
Golf Academy of America
Golfing Careers

Finding a career doing what you love may not always be as easy as doing a three-word internet search. You may have to do a lot of brainstorming before you find a way to a way to make enough money to meet your lifestyle needs doing what you love. And, you just may need to get some help.

If you aren’t sure how to find a career doing what you love, invest in a few hours with a knowledgeable career coach who can help you figure it out. Life is short. Make sure you spend yours doing something you love.

48 Days to the Work You Love

Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Personality Types and Your Career

Do you think it’s important to consider your personality type when choosing your career? How could it not be? Just think about some of the sad results that can happen when people don’t take the time to match their personality with their career choice. Here are a couple of examples:

This is a real question that I found on Yahoo Answers…

I am a certified teacher. Should I feel ashamed that I don't want to be in the classroom anymore? Suggestions?
After 5 years of teaching, I’m exhausted. I earned a math license and two masters degrees and don’t want to teach. It doesn’t seem to fit my personality anymore. I took last year off from a full time teaching position and want to take another.

Here’s one more…

What do you when you reach your mid 20's and realize that the career choice you made was wrong?
I know the job I have is not a bad job. I am in my mid twenties and I earn more than anybody my age. When I left school, to the surprise of my parents, I took a trade rather than pursing college. On finishing my trade, I "recalibrated" myself, took a job in the IT industry and worked. I now earn a great wage and things in that sense are going well. However, lately I find I am bored. I do not like going to work and I feel I have made mistakes. I need my current income now and I cannot afford to drop. I do not know now what to do. I don't know if I can continue at my current place. I am happy, but bored and fed up. Does anyone know what’s wrong with me? What should I do now?

These are just two of the many examples out there that illustrate why it’s important to match personality with career choice. If you spend a lot of time and money getting an education only to find out that your new career doesn’t suit your personality, you will have a huge dilemma. Do you go ahead and work in that career anyway and hate what you do, or do you start over and find a new profession?

It just makes sense to take your time and select your career wisely. Choosing the right career can make all the difference.

Career Success: Right Here, Right Now!

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Explore Your Options and Choose Your Own Career

As a career coach, one of the most mindboggling things to see is the way that people go about choosing their careers. Over the years, here are a few of the things I have heard people say about how career choices are being made:

Andrew’s Mom
“Andrew is going to either be a firefighter or a police officer. He knows three people who are firefighters.”

‘I think I’m going to be a PE teacher. I know it doesn’t pay very much, but my friend is going to be a PE teacher.”

Internet Forum Post
”What career should I choose? I want to go into music but I know that doesn't offer much salary.”

Internet Forum Post
“I am at a standstill as to what career I should choose a fireman or banker?”

My suggestion is ALWAYS that a career coach can help you choose the right career for your personality, interests and lifestyle desires. But whenever I suggest working with a career coach, most people bring up the cost as a deterring factor. Think about that!

Career coaching can make the difference between choosing the wrong career and the right career. It could make the difference between a $40,000 a year career and a $120,000 a year career. And yet people will balk at spending a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars to work with a coach.

Don’t sell yourself short. If you don’t know how to go about choosing a career, hire someone who can help you. It can make all the difference. But, if you really can't afford it, the at least read Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life

Monday, December 27, 2010

Is a Property Assessor or Appraiser Career Right for You?

A professional position with the government as a property tax assessor or appraiser can be a great career for a lot of different types of people. In addition to good pay and health benefits, many government entities also offer excellent retirement planning options.

Assessors and appraisers who work for the government determine the value of real and commercial property, as well as such things as aircraft and boats, for the purpose of assessing the value upon which property tax amounts will be based. Personality wise, careers in property assessment or appraisal can fit for many different social styles. Although the jobs are somewhat analytical in nature, there is also a lot of interaction with other people both within the office and in the field.

Most government organizations that employ people in assessment services positions have career ladders that offer workers an opportunity to achieve increasingly higher levels of responsibility and pay. Overall, jobs in this area can provide excellent career paths for a lot of different types of people.

To learn more about assessor and appraiser careers see Considering a Career as a County Assessor or Property Appraiser?

The Art of Real Estate Appraisal: The Complete Guide for Homeowners and Real Estate Professionals

Guide to America's Federal Jobs: A Complete Directory of U.S. Government Career Opportunities

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Trying to Decide if You Should Get a College Job?

Many students who are attending college could really use some extra money, but don’t tend to muster up a whole lot of enthusiasm when they think about getting a job. That’s probably because many of the jobs available to these students are entry level positions at restaurants, stores or other entities that have nothing to do with the student’s interests or future profession. Perhaps it would be more exciting for these students to get jobs if they identified a purpose in their pursuits.

Arguably, students are attending college to get a degree that will allow them to do something they love as a career. So instead of getting a job at a restaurant or store, it could be more advantageous for them to identify a career-related purpose for the particular job they seek. That means getting an entry level job that will allow them to either get some experience in their field of study or make connections with people in their chosen industry.

Some of the best places to find career-related entry level jobs are in government entities. Many state, county and city offices hire student workers to perform a variety of tasks in different departments. There are also jobs in the private sector that can be easily located by searching for the student’s career field and location. For some examples, search “public relations trainee” in Kansas City, MO or “property appraiser” in Toledo, OH.

For more information on this topic see College Jobs – Should Students Work While Attending College?

202 High-Paying Jobs You Can Land without a College Degree