Dr. Randall Hansen is the Career Doctor. Discover more about Dr. Hansen read about the purpose of this column and find previous issues of this column at the home page of The Career Doctor.
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In This Issue (10/25/02):
- Deciding whether a career in education is a good fit
- Finding full-time employment over temporary positions
- Successfully navigating panel job interviews
- Understanding various options for a career in music
|Q:||Marsha writes: I am presently in the process of entering college and I would like to pursue a career in education; however I am not aware of what other jobs I may be able to get into other than teaching. I need to know if this is a good and financially successful degree to attain. My intention is to either do psychology or environmental health as the minor study as well.|
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: Okay I’m a little biased here but I feel that teaching is one of the most rewarding careers one could possibly have — making a difference in people’s lives is an amazing feeling. But it really depends on how you define successful. Teaching is most certainly intrinsically rewarding but if you define success purely on a monetary basis then there are many other occupations and professions that offer much higher salaries.
There are also many paths you can take as a teacher including issues of what level you’ll teach (primary secondary post-secondary) type of school (public or private) and whether you’ll move into administration.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics: ‘Teachers held about 3.8 million jobs in 2000. Of those about 1.5 million were elementary school teachers 1.1 million were secondary school 590000 were middle school 423000 were preschool and 175000 were kindergarten teachers.’
Furthermore teachers are in demand – and are likely to stay in demand for at least the rest of this decade due to increased demand for smaller class sizes higher numbers of enrolled students and an expected wave of retirements of older teachers.
Depending on what level you want to teach you may need a subject specialty. You can start researching this now or wait until you get to college and talk with the professors in the education department.
For more information on teaching career and jobs go to the Academic Educator & Teaching Jobs section of Quintessential Careers.
And for a broader research on careers go to the Career Exploration Resources section of Quintessential Careers.
|Q:||Anonymous writes: I am having a hard time finding a full-time Accountant position in New York City. All I have been to obtain is temp assignments. What should I do?|
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: Everybody knows that the New York City economy and thus its job market is still feeling the effects of last year’s terrorist attacks. So while I think you should be able to find full-time employment it will be harder for you than for job-seekers in other parts of the country.
But before I get to your question I need to ask why you think temporary positions are such a bad thing. Temping is a great way to gain experience build your network and get your foot in the door of a number of potential employers. So while you may not want to make a career of temping (although some job-seekers do) please do not discount the many opportunities temporary jobs can offer you.
To obtain a full-time job in accounting you need to do the same things as any other job-seeker seeking employment. You need to develop and implement a job-search strategy. Your job-search strategy should include multiple sources of job-hunting including:
|Q:||Bob writes: I work for large national insurance company. Recently I was selected to interview for a position in a pilot program called “Fast Forward.” The program is designed to develop future mangers. Only 12 people will make the final cut. I was told that the first step in the process would be an interview where four candidates would be interviewed at the same time by a panel of four managers. Have you ever heard of this technique? Is this the latest trend in interviewing? What might I expect? Please share your thoughts.|
|A:||The Career Doctor responds: First let me offer my congratulations to you. Obviously you have made enough of an impression with your employer to make the initial list for this new program. Kudos to you. And now you are doing another smart thing — seeking advice and doing your best to prepare for the first step in the process. Keep up the good work! Panel interviews are increasingly being used by employers in various types of interviewing situations. My best advice would be for you to seek out your supervisor or a mentor within the organization and solicit their advice about what to expect how to prepare what to do etc. If nothing else it again shows your commitment and interest in your employer and in furthering your career. The situation you are facing is quite interesting. While panel interviews by definition have a small group of employer representatives your upcoming interview also pits one candidate against another in providing the best answers. Don’t ignore the other candidates but focus most of your concentration and energy on the panelists. Look at EACH person on the panel as you respond to questions so that each one feels equally important. Smile make good eye contact be confident project your voice and try not to be intimidated by the panel or other candidates. The best panel interviews are ones that seem more like discussions than a grilling or inquisition. Brush up on your interviewing skills by going to the Guide to Job Interviewing Resources section of Quintessential Careers.|
|Q:||Jenny writes: Hi I am currently seventeen and hope to do a degree in music. Have you any suggestions for music careers outside the field of education aiming more towards the performance/entertainment industry. Are there any good web links or books where I could go for advice. How would I know if I have chosen the right career for me?|
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: There are numerous avenues to pursue for someone who has a passion for music although you could probably categorize them into: education performance and management.
Music education. An extremely rewarding though perhaps at times frustrating career path. A career in this area could include teaching music at the primary secondary or post-secondary levels. . .or involve private lessons and tutoring. Educational institutions vary by type size location resources and more. College students would want to take education courses in addition to their music courses for this career path.
Music performance. If you are an extremely gifted musician performance can be a great though challenging and demanding career path. But being gifted is no guarantee of success as a performer; it depends on luck timing and demand for your specialty. The success ratio for musicians following this path is low. College students would need to concentrate on perfecting their skills and work closely with professors in building contacts within the industry.
Music management. For musicians with a passion for the arts but perhaps not quite as strongly gifted (or simply more realistic about chances for a career as a performer) a career in music management can be quite rewarding. Jobs in this area include association management facility management and talent management. College students would want to take some business classes in addition to their music courses for this career path.
Once you get to college meet with your adviser in the music school and begin talking about career paths. Your adviser should be able to work with you in assessing your skills and abilities and helping you find your best career path.
Finally for help with finding choosing or getting accepted into colleges and universities please visit the College Planning Resources for Teens section of Quintessential Careers.