In New List: Top Six College Degrees moi said:
Dennis Smith has a good brief article at College Recruiter. Com, Choosing a Vocation: Finding Your Calling
“What do you want to do with your life?”
I’ve heard everything from,
“I want to be the VP of Engineering!”, to “I don’t really know what I want to do….I only know what I don’t want to do.”
In my opinion, both answers are good. I’ve known engineers that knew they were going to be engineers from their mother’s womb. I’ve known others who, like myself, enjoy doing so many different things that they graduate from college not having made specific plans for the day after graduation.
In making this decision, the mistake made by many of us is that we too often listen to the multitude of voices that are willing to offer up advice about what “we” should be doing with our lives. As my grandfather used to say, “That advice and a nickel will get you a cup of coffee.
What is it that matters most? What is it that you want to do more than anything? What makes you truly happy? What is it that makes you “alive?
Curt Rosengren says,
“If there’s one thing I’ve discovered over the years, it’s that just about anything we set our minds to is possible. Moreover, one of the biggest – if not the biggest – obstacle we face lies smack dab between our ears. We’re so often overcome with fear of what might go wrong that we don’t dare to even take a step.” “But….what would you do if you were brave?”
Online Futures has free online vocational assessment testing and many community colleges have career centers which provide testing services
Another important part of career or vocational selection is life balance. WebMD and the Mayo Clinic have some good suggestions about life balance. WebMD has 5 Tips for Greater Work-Life Balance
1. Figure Out What Really Matters to You in Life
2. Drop Unnecessary Activities
3. Protect Your Private Time
4. Accept Help to Balance Your Life
5. Plan Fun and Relaxation
The Mayo Clinic has tips for striking the proper work-life balance
Career Bliss has released its list of the 20 Hotest Jobs for College Grads
The CareerBliss Top 20 Hot Jobs for New Grads
Speech and Language Pathologist
Quality Assurance Analyst
The CareerBliss Top 20 Hot Jobs for New Grads list details not only the current number of job openings for a particular job type, but also reflects the happiness or Bliss Score for each field. For example, software engineers have the highest number of open jobs, but Quality Assurance Analysts jobs yield the highest happiness score. The CareerBliss data also reveals which jobs have the highest annual salary. A junior sales representative has a minimum average salary of 42 thousand dollars a year, while a first year software engineer can easily make close to 70 thousand dollars a year. All jobs listed are relevant to college grads with zero to three years experience.
The CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors which affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, one’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks, and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and ten. All assessments are derived from 2011 employee generated reviews. The CareerBliss data evaluated open jobs in 2011 with experience level from zero to three years – each job title is supported by a minimum of 50 separate companies.
CareerBliss is an online career community designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone who works, employers, job seekers and recruiters, CareerBliss offers the ability to find out what makes them happy and the ability to seek that out in other jobs or improve it in their current one using our PhD Board of Advisors, more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and more than three million job listings.
For more information, visit: www.CareerBliss.com
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