Which Careers Should Young People Consider to Become Successful?


Mike writes:
I am looking for a career but I am not too sure of what I want to do. I have thought
about something in criminal investigation but I also would like to open my own business.
I am also looking for a web site that has a list of jobs/careers with requirements for that job.
Which careers would you tell the young people of today to consider if they want to become successful?



The Career Doctor responds:
Let me start with your last question first — with a question for you because it’s
the question I always ask my clients and students when they talk about wanting
to be a success — or the desire for a successful career. Here’s the question:
How do you define success? Does success mean personal fulfillment? Does
it mean financial freedom? Does it mean being your own boss? How you
answer the question will very likely shape the type of career you head toward.
With the popularity of criminal investigative television shows (such as
“CSI”) and the rise in demand for security professionals experts have seen an
increase in students majoring in forensics and criminal justice programs.
The second thing you need to do now that you’ve defined what success
means to you is to determine why you are interested in criminal investigation –
and what interests you about owning your own business.
How can you learn more about the field? There are criminal investigation textbooks
that have information about careers. You could talk with teachers professors or career professionals about jobs and careers. You could conduct information
interviews with people who currently work in the field. And finally you can
conduct some research on the Web.
Many people dream of having their own business and some are even able to
start one right out of school but most experts suggest working in the field for
a period of time to really learn the trade and build your credentials. There are
also numerous resources where you can learn more about the pros and cons
of owning a business.

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Mike writes:
I am looking for a career but I am not too sure of what I want to do. I have thought
about something in criminal investigation but I also would like to open my own business.
I am also looking for a web site that has a list of jobs/careers with requirements for that job.
Which careers would you tell the young people of today to consider if they want to become successful?



The Career Doctor responds:
Let me start with your last question first — with a question for you because it’s
the question I always ask my clients and students when they talk about wanting
to be a success — or the desire for a successful career. Here’s the question:
How do you define success? Does success mean personal fulfillment? Does
it mean financial freedom? Does it mean being your own boss? How you
answer the question will very likely shape the type of career you head toward.
With the popularity of criminal investigative television shows (such as
“CSI”) and the rise in demand for security professionals experts have seen an
increase in students majoring in forensics and criminal justice programs.
The second thing you need to do now that you’ve defined what success
means to you is to determine why you are interested in criminal investigation –
and what interests you about owning your own business.
How can you learn more about the field? There are criminal investigation textbooks
that have information about careers. You could talk with teachers professors or career professionals about jobs and careers. You could conduct information
interviews with people who currently work in the field. And finally you can
conduct some research on the Web.
Many people dream of having their own business and some are even able to
start one right out of school but most experts suggest working in the field for
a period of time to really learn the trade and build your credentials. There are
also numerous resources where you can learn more about the pros and cons
of owning a business.


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