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Find the Right Career for You

Find the Right Career for You

What's the right career path for YOU?

Jose Fermoso | NursingLink

A teaching career, for example, can be fulfilling and pay you a good median salary from the start. But big income growth over time isn’t likely. You might have to move to a state with high wages specific to your career or go where an industry is growing. For example, new IT professionals that don’t move to tech hubs like San Francisco or New York are looking to affordable cities on the upswing, like Oklahoma City.

In order to make an accurate estimate of your financial needs, you need to plan ahead of time. Start by determining school payments, starting salary, food, housing, and recreational expenses. Then round out your economic knowledge of retirement plans, insurance (health, home, and car), and other living expenses.

Get Yourself a Career Plan

Choosing a school is an obviously integral part of finding your career. Certain degrees offered by schools can boost your graduate school or entry level job candidacy based on their institutional reputation, the level of curriculum difficulty, or their direct application to future jobs. The presence of quality instructors or high-end research facilities should also be considered. It’s up to you to decide how closely the features of a school match your career interests.

You should also find out specific education or certification requirements of potential careers. This will help you find something else that’s important: how much your degree is really worth in the job marketplace. It’s true that some degrees are more valuable than others. For example, an expensive private school degree might not be as good a value as one from a local college if employers evaluate your job application based on real-world experience merit.

Once you choose a school, realize you need to get as much experience in real working situations as you can. This means internships. Spend your breaks from school networking with industry insiders and learn first-hand about job expectations. Future bankers should work at banks and pre-med students at hospitals. You’ll likely be happy at your future job if you like the workplace.

Finding a job you enjoy and fits your needs is possible if you follow the steps above but no matter what you choose, the effort it will take to be successful is substantial. The good thing about this is that any effort exerted doing a job you like won’t ever feel like a burden. If you see personal value in it, you’re bound to find the subtle breakthroughs that govern successful endeavors, whether it’s creating art or helping a patient get better.

Now go out there and find what you’re really interested in.

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