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Contents 04 Editor’s note 05 Introduction: Teens and career choices
06-08 Advice Corner: How do you make a career choice?
09 Useful sources: You don’t know what you want to do in the future? These websites might help you!
10-11 Quiz: Which career suits you? Let’s find out.
12 The Community: How did others overcome this problem?
13 Contact us
Editor’s NotE In this booklet, I would like to introduce both teenagers and their parents on how to make career choices. Making a career choice is one of the most difficult yet important decisions you will have to make in your life. Therefore, much advice will be needed. To begin with, the booklet will introduce you to the issue of career choices. Then, the rest will be followed by some guidelines on how you can make a “good” career choice that would involve your strengths and mostly importantly will be the one you enjoy doing. To read straightforward information summarized from many articles written by specialist such as school counselors, go straight to the “Advice Corner”. But the other sections such as the “Useful Resources” will give you plenty of extra information that would be worth reading. Also, if you are a student having difficulty in finding the job for you, try taking the quiz on page 10-11 and find out what is the ideal job for you! I hope you get many valid sources from the booklet. Finding a job choice may seem like a dreary task at first but when you find the right job, you know that it is worth all the hardships you have gone through. Lastly, some contact information are available at the end of the booklet if you need any help. And I wish you all good luck!
Ji-Min Yim Editor of the booklet 19.10.10
Introduction Teens and Career choices What is the reality?
According to a study made by second annual City & Guilds' Youth Aspiration Index in the year 2006, majority of the teens replied that they would prefer jobs that bring satisfaction to them rather than those with large salaries. Also, 90% of the students answered that they are expecting to be happy in their future careers. However, as the teenagers come to an age where they have to make their job choices, they open their eyes to the reality and find out that there are so many factors they must put into account when making this crucial and life changing choices. When we were little, most of us had big ambitions such as becoming a pilot or the next president of our country. Yet, as we grow up we know that it is not that simple. Are my grades good enough to enter the university? Can my parents finance me through the four year course? But these questions are just the beginning. The main problem lies in finding what you actually want to do. The reason why it is hard for people to chose what they would like to do further on in their life varies from people to people. Maybe, they might not have a specific subject that they are good at therefore
it is hard for them to focus on one specific career. And in some cases, they might think that they are not good enough to chose their hobby as a future job choice. No matter what the reason maybe, it is important for one to take their time in making decisions in this matter. People tend to find it hard to make a career choice is because they consider it too complicated. Yes, it is a life-changing decision but the answer to it already lies in yourself. You just have to find it. So where do you start off? Why that is a great question! Before you do anything else, the most important thing you must do is to find out what is it that you want to do. “Well that’s easy to say” was what you were just thinking of or am I wrong? Don’t fret because I will give you all the little steps you will be needing. 5
How do we make a “good” career choice?
perfect. It is a guess that you make before jumping off to the next stage.
Step 1: Know yourself Take time analyzing yourself! What am I good at? What do I enjoy doing? What are my interests? Make a list of the following criteria and evaluate yourself honestly. Values Interests Roles Skills/aptitudes Preferred environment Developmental needs Your reality (financial part is important) And more: anything else that you consider is important has the right to go on the list
Step 4: Ask and expert As the awareness on the issue of making career choices rise, most school global-wide are providing counselors that you can talk to on this problem. Take analysis you made on step 3 and compare it with their advice. However, you should not forget that their opinions are not always correct. They are there to guide you but the final decisions are up to you.
Step 2: Ask others Having difficulty in analyzing yourself? Then ask those who knows you well like your family members or friends. You can ask them about the same criteria mentioned above. But do please remember that the person that knows you the best is yourself so do not skip the first step. Step 3: Summarize Look over what you came up with and try to come up with any professions that would be suitable for you. It doesn’t have to be 6
Step 5: Try it out Once you have a basic idea of what you might want to do in the future, try it out! How? Many companies nowadays offer internship and job placements. Volunteer to these programs and make some experiences. Not only will you be able to find out how the job would be like, you can also create nice details for you CV later. Its killing two birds with one stone! You might want to take a gap year to do this.
and this is what your jobs should be about.
1. Choosing a career is simple It is true that choosing a career is complicated but there are ways to make it easier. You must give enough time in making the decisions as they have big influence over your life.
5. Making a lot of money=Happiness? I think most of you know the answer to this question. I would like to mention again that the job choice should be something you are interested in.
2. A career counselor can help me with everything Career counselors may be help in making the complicated process simpler for you to find a better answer to the problem. Yet, as mentioned before, they do not make the final decisions
6. The job I choose now is going to be permanent Of course the job choice you make now is important but that does not mean that you are stuck with it for the rest of your life. You are always open to making changes so don’t be too pressured
3. I can’t make a living with my hobby Now this is one of the most common misconceptions about making career choices. Many people tend to not take their hobbies seriously when making career choices and think that it is not realistic to use it as a possible future career. But most of the times, hobbies are what you enjoy doing
7. If I change, my skills are a waste The skills you have are yours to keep. You may not use them exactly the same way but they will always be useful in different jobs as well.
4. The “Best” career list As the list on the right shows there is always the “hot” career list that many people prefer, either because it provides social security or has a nice payment. But the career choice should not be something that the others like but what The Ten Myths About Choosing a Career you choose for yourself.
8. If my friend or family likes it, I do too I believe that I do not have to explain this one as it has been repeated quite a few times already 9. Just pick an occupation, everything will fall into place afterwards! Choosing a career is the start but it would be better if you also plan some long -term goals by making a “career action 7
plan” (explained on the next page) 10. I can’t learn much about the occupation without actually working First hand experience is great but there are plenty of other ways of making a job placement such as surfing on the web, interviewing experts in the field and more. What is a career action plan? After you choose a career your journey does not end. It is better if you create something called a career action plan. A career action plan, basically, is a guideline that would help you to reach both your short-term and long-terms in your chosen career. This is essential as it sets a goal for you all the time which encourages you to work to accomplish the things you desired. It should be very personal, meaning that it would differ from people to people according to their skills, goals, working pace and more. Before you do anything else, first, get out the analysis of yourself that you have made on step 3 when making the career choice. Read them carefully and set goals that are realistic and suitable for you. Then break down your goals into shortterm and long-term. Short-terms are usually achieved in one year or less and the long-terms in over one to five years. Lastly, think of the barriers you may face while you are accomplishing the goals and also try and find solutions for them. Many of you may think that this is unnecessary. However, it is always better to predict what may happen in the future and be prepared for them so that you can deal with them properly once you face problems. I hope that this brief guideline of how to make a reliable career choice helped you. There are few last tips that I would
like to add to you. First, think of it positively. Don’t be scared to take risks and grab all the opportunities you come across. Most importantly, do not think of making a career choice as something you want to get over it. It is your first time making big decisions for yourself. You should feel more excited about it! Try different programs such as taking gap years. You may even want to continue your education before going to college to have a taste of what it is like to further study into your interest. I especially recommend taking apprenticeship as you can work and study at the same time. Additionally, it is provides a nice qualification at the same time. Some of you may start by landing to a first job straight away. This is a bit risky but it might turn out great. The way you choose your career is up to you but it should be something you are interested in and most of the times that would be something you are good at. Don’t be scared and trust yourself more. 8
1. Careertest.Net A great quiz to find out which career would suit you. The test divides you into 16 different types of people and gives some example careers that would be suitable for you. http://www.careertest.net/index.htm
2. Real Gap Experience Provides excellent programs that you may consider if you want to take a gap year such as teaching abroad, volunteering to charities, travelling and more. http://www.realgap.co.uk/
3. Quintcareers.com An online database filled with various information that are relevant to making career choices. It has a list of careers that may be interesting and gives clear steps in making the decision. http://www.quintcareers.com/teens.html
Quiz 2. I work well in groups and I like to lead the members
4. I enjoy physically moving myself.
START 1. I use my agenda most of the times to organize my schedule
YES = NO =
5. I am not good at expressing my opinions.
3. I am good at justifying and giving proofs.
Try taking the quiz to find out what kind of jobs would suit you! The result is divided into four large groups: planner, explorer, leader and creator. After answer 4 to 5 questions you will be able to find what type of person you are and three example careers that would suit you. There arenâ€™t many examples but remember that knowing your field of inter-
6. I am good at orally presenting my ideas
7. I am always curious about learning new ideas.
8. I like memorizing given facts than proving new ideas.
9. I am confident in presenting in front of many people
10. I am good with numbers rather than shapes.
11. People tell me that I am creative quite often.
Planner -well organized -likes following rules -obedient, perfectionist, responsible -possible careers: accountant, lawyer, teacher
Explorer -eager to learn new ideas -likes experimenting and proving -curious, intelligent -possible careers: biologist, pharmaceutical, engineer
Leader -has leadership -enjoys having attention -trustworthy, confident -possible careers: politicians, diplomats, business owners
Creator -enjoys creating with their own hands -good at communication -imaginative, expressive -possible careers: journalists, artists, musicians
The Community Lily Eastwood -Her Gap year Experience * * * Lily Eastwood is now a trainee English teacher in a challenging school. Although she started studying philosophy, economics and politics in the York University to become a journalist, she always felt that her real passion was hidden deep inside. So she took a gap year and volunteered to teach different children and in the end, it helped her to realize that teaching was something that she really wanted to do. With her successful story, Lily Eastwood recommends the readers to take gap years as well, if they are struggling to find what they would like to do in the future. She claims that the year she spent was not only about making various experiences but also finding her real self.
Samantha tacoma -Struggle for Her Ideal Job * * * Samantha Tacoma, a 18 year old ordinary teenager confesses that she had some difficulties in convincing her parents about her true passion. Samantha has been a part of the drama club since she was six years old and has always wanted to become an actress. However, her parents doubted her talents and wanted her to take the â€œsafeâ€? road like becoming a teacher or a doctor. Samantha who was already aware that she was not interested in the jobs her parents offered her. After countless of arguments on the matter, she was able to gain her victory. She advices that when you are having disagreements with your parents when making career choices, you should not become emotional but try to remember that they only mean the best for you. But you should still have the courage to fight for the things that you want as you are the owner of your future.
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