Picking A Profession


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Picking A Profession

  1. 1. The mind game of picking your profession How to take the guessing out of it!
  2. 2. <ul><li>What do I want to do? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>There are many approaches to answering that question and this is just one example that worked for me and you can use as a starting point. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step #1 <ul><li>Write down exactly how you would like a work week to go for you. To do this, simply respond to the following questions with your own personal preferences. For example: </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step #1 <ul><li>What time do you get up for work? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you wear to work? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you work (home, office, outside etc)? </li></ul><ul><li>If it is not at home, how far is the commute? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you report to work (clocking in, telling a secretary, etc)? </li></ul><ul><li>How long is your lunch break? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you eat lunch at work or somewhere else? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you work with other people or by yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you the boss, or do you have a boss? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you work with a computer? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your job description include more physical or mental labor? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you sitting or standing at work? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have down time at work or is it fast paced? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there music playing at work? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you do work from a computer or cell phone? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a day do you work? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the work day hours flexible (working nights, weekends etc)? </li></ul><ul><li>How many days a week do you work? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours a week do you work? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you get paid? </li></ul><ul><li>How does your payment come (cash, check)? </li></ul><ul><li>How much do you make annually? </li></ul><ul><li>Who sets your schedule (you, an assistant, secretary, boss)? </li></ul><ul><li>How often can you take personal days? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have paid vacation time? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your job description involve one of your hobbies? </li></ul><ul><li>Who pays health insurance (you, employer)? </li></ul><ul><li>Who provides retirement plans (you, employer)? </li></ul><ul><li>At what age will you retire? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step #2 <ul><li>Now take this list and add to it anything that you feel is important in your future profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you have a comprehensive list of every question you would like to add, start crossing off the ones that are not important to you, or that make no difference either way. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step #3 <ul><li>Then to the best of your ability organize them into two groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great, now that was the easy part of the assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>Now comes the hard part. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step #4 <ul><li>Start making a list of possible professional careers that interest you and compare them to your list. If you don’t have personal experience with that profession, ask someone who does to go through your list with you. If you don’t know someone in that profession, shadow, volunteer etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you find something that matches your list fairly well, start working towards attaining the job until you lose interest, or you realize you have a match made in heaven. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Realize that the process towards employment in your ideal profession may be long (advanced education, years of job experience, great expenses), but if it ultimately provides you the work environment, salary, and daily lifestyle that makes you and your loved ones happy…….why not? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Special Thanks Special Thanks to brother Rob Anderson of the Eastridge ward for sharing this process that he went through while searching for his own professional goals. Good Luck to Rob as he finishes Dental School and head out into the world to make a difference.