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.
Whether you're a recent college graduate or you're considering the possibility of a career change, you might be wondering, is graduate school right for you? Graduate school isn't a path to choose lightly, without reflection. Earning a post-graduate degree, whether a Masters degree, Doctoral degree or a professional degree, requires tremendous commitments of time, energy and money, and you want to be sure you're putting these resources to the best possible use for your career path.
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.
If you've felt bored or frustrated with your job in 2010, you can end your stagnation by making New Year's resolutions for career success in 2011. Perhaps you'll find a way to improve the situation at your current job. If not, it might be time to start scanning the horizon for new employment opportunities. In either case, self-knowledge is key. If you cultivate a sense of adventure while maintaining realistic expectations, you'll open yourself to new possibilities.
By now we’re all familiar with the litany: healthcare is where the jobs are, now and in the future. Nursing, of course, faces a critical shortage and will thus remain as one of the most in-demand careers in healthcare, but did you know that there are many other healthcare-related positions also experiencing a dearth of qualified applicants? If you’re considering a career change and want to enter the fast-growing field of healthcare occupations, expand your options by checking out these other crucial medical positions.
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