Does helping other people bring you immeasurable joy and satisfaction? If so, you should seek out a vocation that would allow you to indulge your “selfish” desire to improve the lives of your fellow human beings. To use a popular metaphor, if you are a compassionate person a career in a caring profession might be just what the doctor ordered - and if you choose to become a nurse you could literally be what the doctor ordered.
For many people a career choice is based on deliberate calculation. But with writers the situation is entirely different. Writers have an irresistible itch that they just have to scratch, and when they make that fateful decision to invoke the alchemical energies of the written word to help them pay the bills it is not so much a choice as it is a response to an imperative demand.
Here’s something we can assert with full confidence: it takes a lot of chutzpah to pursue a career in engineering. Engineers are expected to confront and conquer significant and meaningful challenges on a daily basis, and only a person with a lot of spunk and nerve would be willing to step forward and don the mantle of responsibility that a respected engineer comes to take for granted.
The rule of law is the glue that holds our society together. Without laws and rules we would lose our cohesiveness, and the structure that protects our freedom and provides us with opportunity would be hopelessly compromised. Legal codes are also expressions of morality and ethics and they embody our highest ideals. For these reasons the practice of law is unquestionably a noble profession, and if the thought of becoming a lawyer seems attractive to you it is clear that you are interested in actually serving and improving society and have no desire to simply go through the motions.
If the field of veterinary medicine intrigues and attracts you, your affection and concern for animals is already a given. Animals have likely played an important part in your life since childhood, and the thought of dedicating your life to servicing their needs and protecting their welfare no doubt strikes you as a fine and noble career choice.
If you’ve gotten this far, you probably already have a sense of whether you have the academic ability to become a physician. But the more important question is, will you be satisfied and successful with a career as a doctor?
This may seem like an impossible question to answer. But you don’t need a crystal ball to decide whether a career as a doctor will make you happy. All you need is to learn a bit more about the key personality traits and characteristics that successful, satisfied doctors have—and then decide if your personality fits the bill!
Most of us were encouraged to be artistic when we were children. From drawings and dioramas to noodle jewelry and collages, art is an integral part of a child’s life and no school day is complete without time for arts and crafts. As we grow older, however, we are counseled to settle into practical careers and to confine our artistic impulses to hobbies, if we pursue them at all. There is definitely some wisdom to this advice, as it is very rare for the average person to support oneself as a full-time artist. Therefore, if you feel that you are an artist at heart, it is likely that you also feel torn between pursing your passion for art and finding a well-paying and stable career.
Whatever your career path might be, chances are that you stay very busy. A job takes many hours out of a person's day – whether time spent on the job or time spent driving to and from the job – and those are the hours people tend to focus on, often to the exclusion of their non-working hours. Those hours away from the job, though, can be wonderfully beneficial in shaping a more well-rounded life. Self-care, too often overlooked, should be prioritized. Workaholics, take heed: here's to the importance of downtime.
According to the College Board, one of the hottest careers through 2018 will be that of social worker, particularly in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. Have you ever wondered what a day on the job with a social worker is like? Ms. Morgan Bass, who works in the community mental health sector, graciously agreed to speak about her career choice and to offer advice to those who are interested in becoming social workers.
The College Board lists careers in the clergy as one of the ten fastest-growing careers through 2018. A career in the ministry is, though, much more than just a job. It's a way of life. Reverend Becca Clark, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier, Vermont, graciously consented to discuss what a day on the job with a minister is like.