“I am the captain of my ship facing a violent stormy sea.
Who and what I am in life I believe is my responsibility.”
– Elias Tobias
The global economy coincides with the ebb and flow of the job market in both America and abroad. Women need to be mindful of how their job prospects will be affected by the economy, which involves keeping up with the times, and adapting their majors and career paths if necessary.
College graduates can find jobs even during a recession or a down economy. A college degree does not guarantee a job but it does help women compete within the job market. Being employed with the same company for a long period of time does not ensure job security, nor does longevity in a particular industry guarantee the availability of jobs. Some jobs will become obsolete, expand and evolve, or move towards the bottom of the earnings list due to economic shifts. Women who continually enhance their skills and competency by taking college courses, attending workshops and conferences, and have a lifelong commitment to learning, will be employable and adaptive to change (Gardner). Women armed with college degrees will have more jobs with higher earning potential to choose from.
A woman’s purpose does not always have to correlate with her job, and many women have hobbies or pursue things they are passionate about in addition to their jobs. However, for women working dead end jobs, in which they find themselves longing for a more fulfilling existence, the key is knowing the difference between a job and a career. Statistics show that the happiest women have careers that revolve around their passions. A woman should follow her heart when choosing a career, but also be well informed of the pros and cons pertaining to her career choice. Further, she should be realistic about the length of time, education, and the money that it will take to get her there.
Women should consider the following when choosing career paths: values, knowing core values will shape career decisions; interests, these will change over time; skills, these can always be improved upon with practice; aptitudes, these are inherent strengths that we all are born with; personality, this is what makes us who we are and should not be ignored when choosing a career; life goals and work values, these must align with career choices (Gardner).
Oregon offers seminars and career training to empower women to be their own ship’s captain. You can search for seminars by key words, topics, date range, or any combination thereof. Enroll online from a list of over 360,000 seminars and conferences given by associations, private organizations, and universities: Career seminars in Oregon
Oregon’s Colleges and Universities can help you find a path to new opportunities and careers as well: Oregon Colleges and Universities
Purpose means the reason for which something exists; women both young and old should figure out their purpose because that will enable them to make the right choices and find fulfillment in life.
Gardner, John, and A. Jerome Jewler, and Betsy O. Barefoot. Your College Experience: Strategies for Success (9thEd.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 20011.