Saturday, September 1, 2012

Teacher's Gazette: 10 Career Path Tips to Guide Your Students

I reprinted this article on one of my favorite Teacher websites, which has incredible resources for new or seasoned K-12 Teachers.

10 Career Path Tips to Guide Your Students

In the sage words of Yogi Berra, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll be lost when you get there.” Picking a career path boils down to a cost benefit analysis and a gut check. It is a game of reality versus passion, and your students can start blazing a meaningful path in high school.
But hopefully students can appreciate that every career has an arc, and they aren’t even at the beginning of the curve. Don’t be surprised if their career direction changes significantly a few times before and after they reach the peak.
With that message in mind, here are my 10 career path tips to guide your students:
1. Don’t let anyone crush your dreams. However, the riskier your dream, the better your backup plan must be.
2. There is a huge difference between a childhood dream and a dream job. If you dreamed of being a lawyer since the age of twelve, you better make sure you know exactly what attorneys do on a given twelve hour work day. Did You Know: In a survey of 800 attorneys, only 55 percent reported being satisfied with their career.
3. Make sure your dream job is not an avocation (a hobby). An avocation is a vacation from a vocation, because the pay ranges from little to nothing.

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