Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What Do You Want? Does College Give It To You?

When you are making career and education choices, you are usually young.  That means you have spent years being fed what other people think is best for you. 

There is an aspect of career choice that I never hear about: how you spend your day.

Any job choice comes with certain tasks.  A nurse walks around all day.  A salesman interacts with people and tries to talk them into buying goods or services.  A plumber interacts with a distressed public in panic mode.  A lawyer spends many hours sitting still, reading and writing.

What do you want your day to look like?

Do you want to walk around most of the day?

Do you like every day to be a different challenge?

Do you want to sit still and concentrate without interruption?

Do you want to combine working alone with meeting with people several times a week?

Do you get upset if people yell at you and hang up their phone?  Or can you shrug your shoulders and just make another phone call?

These are the most important questions to ask yourself about how to earn a living.  The content of the work day is a rhythm of movement and communications.  And you don't really have a good idea of the answers to the above questions.

You probably know - very well - the answers that the people around you want to have.  And it usually involves something that lands you in the middle class and economic security.  That's OK, if that is what you need to succeed.

But there are so many options for people who don't want to go to college.  Or who don't want the debt.

That is what this book is about:  your choices.  And the first questions to answer are about yourself.

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