Choosing an Occupation
One of the most difficult
problems a young person faces is deciding what to do about a career. There are
individuals, of course, who from the time they are six years old
"know" that they want to be doctors or pilots or fire fighters, but
the majority of us do not get around to making a decision about an occupation
or career until somebody or something forces us to face the problem.
Choosing an occupation takes
time, and there are a lot of things you have to think about as you try to
decide what you would like to do. You may find that you will have to take
special courses to qualify for a particular kind of work, or may find out that
you will need to get some actual work experience to gain enough knowledge to
qualify for a particular job.
Fortunately, there are a lot
of people you can turn to for advice and help in making your decision. At most
schools, there are teachers who are professionally qualified to counsel you and
to give detailed information about job qualifications. And you can talk over
your ideas with family members and friends who are always ready to listen and
to offer suggestions.
But even if you get other
people involved in helping you make a decision, self evaluation is an important
part of the decision-making process.