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Considerations in Choosing a Career

  • Abilities (skills, strengths, talents and personality strengths)
  • Interests (activities, hobbies, likes)
  • Job Values
  • Job security
  • Prestige
  • Salary
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Retirement/Investment options
  • Benefits (insurance, vacation time, etc.)
  • Challenge/high achievement
  • Independence (be your own boss)
  • Hours/Schedule
  • Work environment
  • Travel
  • Previous experience
  • Skills developed
  • Likes/dislikes
  • Job Market/Employment Outlook
  • How competitive is it to secure a position?
  • Where are positions available?
  • Economic Considerations
  • Starting salary
  • Maximum salary
  • Earning ladder
  • Benefits (insurance, vacation, personal leaves, education, etc.)
  • Pension
  • Job Description (responsibilities, hours, type of people and environment)
  • Challenges of job
  • Pros and cons of job
  • Amount of Education/Training Required
  • Look at both the short-term and long-term costs and payoffs. In the long run, it may be worth the investment.

 

Career/Job Shadowing

tudents are encouraged to shadow and observe someone in their field of interest. The following is a list of general guidelines to follow when shadowing a professional in the student’s indicated career field:

  • Dress appropriately. The student’s style of dress should mirror the person they are shadowing.
  • Be prompt. You and your mentor should establish the time for your arrival and departure.
  • Be polite – to everyone you meet. Remember you are there as your mentor’s guest and it is wise to make a favorable impression.
  • Ask questions throughout the day. That is how you learn.
  • Interview your mentor. Establish a time, which is convenient for your mentor. Take thorough notes.
  • Have your mentor sign the job shadowing experience form before you leave.
  • Thank your mentor, as well as anyone who helped you, before you leave.
 
 
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