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.
According to the College Board, teaching careers will be some of the hottest careers for college graduates through 2018. Teachers of all kinds – elementary school, postsecondary school – will be in great demand throughout our current decade. There are also teaching careers off the beaten path which you might not have considered. If you're interested in being a teacher but you'd like to go about it in a different way, one of these careers might be just right for you.
If you're a traditional college student, you've been in school for sixteen years straight. If you're a non-traditional student, you've been attending college for four years. In either case, earning your Bachelor's degree has been your goal. And you've graduated from college. Now what? Perhaps the degree will be your first step into the career of your dreams, or perhaps it's part of your ticket to graduate school. It might be the case, however, that you're not sure. You might have majored in something you loved and enjoyed but aren't sure how it translates into a career, or given today's tight job market, you're undecided as to which way you should go. Graduation is a milestone. You've earned your accolades. And now, it's time to prepare for change, in whatever form it takes.
You're standing at a crossroads on your career path, and you don't know which way to turn. Should you hire a career coach? If you're feeling stagnated, you might gain a second wind from professional advice. A knowledgeable, forward-thinking career coach could help you advance in your present job or assist you with embarking upon an entirely new career.
You hate your job. You look forward to days off with the enthusiasm of a child looking forward to Christmas. When it's time to go back to work, your stomach knots like a pile of spaghetti. You would love to quit your job, but given the current economic climate, you might have difficulty finding another job. The recession is dragging on, and unemployment remains high. So you've got to ask yourself one question: Should you stay or should you go?
A female Foreign Service Officer (FSO) graciously consented to speak anonymously about what it's like to work in a foreign service career. She is an FSO with the US Department of State and chose her career because she enjoys working with people, she wanted to travel, and she has a gift for languages. She's also interested in politics and foreign cultures and wanted to make a difference in the world.