CAREER

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TIME TO GROW UP

Eventually we must ask our self the terrifying question, "What do I want to do when I grow up?"  Yes, what do you want to be when you grow up?  Well, you are at least 18 and you are out of high school or close to being out.  It may be time for some work

Don't feel bad, everyone faces this same problem.  So many choices how do I decide?  Listen, the Dictionary of Occupational Titles lists 12,000 job occupation.  What an occupation list!  This might be your source of career advice.  Can you imagine this number of careers?  You might consider spending 5 minutes reading and contemplating each of these occupations.  This should take about four months if you study every day for 8 hours, or you can use a better strategy to improve your chances of success and satisfaction!

Now, how to decide on career - read on!

 CAREER PLANNING TOOL

You may select your career by using your observation power.  This is how career planning was done in prior generations.   All family members became salesmen or mechanics or teachers.

 You might select your career based on your interest.  You may not have ever thought about your interests.  You will gain much insight into your interests if you consider your to-date school experience.  For example, if you enjoy your science courses, you may have a strong interest in technology.

 Finally, every career requires a certain skill set .  You can use your skill set to select a career.  The U. .S. Department of Labor has sponsored the development of O*NET an occupational information network available on the Internet at www.onetcenter.org.  O*NET  has an occupational search function based upon user's skills.  If you follow the skill set input, O*NET will suggest some careers.

 

RANK THE OPTIONS

You want to assure your personal interests and goals are addressed in your final career selection.  An example of an interest and goals list is: 

  • Education - you enjoy mathematics and complex problem solving.

  • Salary or Financial - you want to be able to support a family of three on your income.

  • Location - you want to live in a medium size city.  You want to continue to live in the Rocky Mountain area.  Most of your relatives still live in this area. 

  • Family - you want to be able to spend time with your child as he or she grows up.

 You would assign a rank to each interest or goal for each career possibilities.  An example of such a ranking is shown on Table 1.   

Table 1.  Ranking Matrix for career selection.

 Interest or Goal

Respiratory Therapy Technician

 Software Engineer

 Chemist

Education

1

3

2

Salary

1

3

2

Location

3

2

1

Family

3

2

1

TOTALS

8

10

6

 The career with the highest total score would be the preferred choice, your top occupation or best occupation.  In the example matrix the interest or goals could have been weighted (or rated) in order of their importance to you, the decision maker.  This might very well change the preferred career.

 

 If you are facing career choice decision, then there is help.

 

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