Job Requiring Minimal Prep But Offering Maximum Benefits?


Blane writes:
I’m in search of a profession that I can go to school for in a short period of time
with the maximum benefits (within reason). Can you give me some career
suggestions?



The Career Doctor responds:
Every once in a while I get a question that makes me scratch my head and worry
about the future of the U.S. workforce. When looking for careers or jobs probably
the worst thing you can do is to make your sole focus how much money you’re going to make.
Don’t misunderstand me. Money is important. We put a lot of weight on our self-esteem
and self-value based on our salary and income — and so does society. And of course
we need an income to have all the basic necessities in life — as well as all the many other
things we buy.
However as the old adage goes money does not buy happiness. There are many more
important things in life and career than money. You need to find a job and career that
matches your skills competencies and interests. There is no sense working in a job
that makes a lot of money but that you hate — even to the point of getting physically ill
(as happened to one job-seeker I know).
Of course there are some get-rich-quick schemes some of which work some of which
are illegal. But these are not careers and these will not provide you with any kind of
intrinsic satisfaction that we all need.
It’s a much better idea to determine the types of jobs and careers that are going to
make you happy. Consider taking one of more assessments — or simply do a
self-assessment — to help determine your strengths and interests. Talk to a career counselor
at your high school or other adult whose opinions you value. Then you can research careers –
and from that research determine the exact types and amount of education you’ll need to succeed.

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Blane writes:
I’m in search of a profession that I can go to school for in a short period of time
with the maximum benefits (within reason). Can you give me some career
suggestions?



The Career Doctor responds:
Every once in a while I get a question that makes me scratch my head and worry
about the future of the U.S. workforce. When looking for careers or jobs probably
the worst thing you can do is to make your sole focus how much money you’re going to make.
Don’t misunderstand me. Money is important. We put a lot of weight on our self-esteem
and self-value based on our salary and income — and so does society. And of course
we need an income to have all the basic necessities in life — as well as all the many other
things we buy.
However as the old adage goes money does not buy happiness. There are many more
important things in life and career than money. You need to find a job and career that
matches your skills competencies and interests. There is no sense working in a job
that makes a lot of money but that you hate — even to the point of getting physically ill
(as happened to one job-seeker I know).
Of course there are some get-rich-quick schemes some of which work some of which
are illegal. But these are not careers and these will not provide you with any kind of
intrinsic satisfaction that we all need.
It’s a much better idea to determine the types of jobs and careers that are going to
make you happy. Consider taking one of more assessments — or simply do a
self-assessment — to help determine your strengths and interests. Talk to a career counselor
at your high school or other adult whose opinions you value. Then you can research careers –
and from that research determine the exact types and amount of education you’ll need to succeed.


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