A Career? Now?
Negatives to Positives
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- To find out about a specific occupation, enter its name in the
"Search by occupation" box at the top right of this page and
hit "GO". Search tips.
- To find out about multiple occupations, browse through listings using
the occupational cluster buttons
to the left.
- For a listing of all occupations in alphabetical order, click the "A-Z
Index" button at the top center of the page.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source
of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals
making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years,
the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions,
the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a
wide range of occupations.
Are you a techie? An artsy? A brain for business? Do you love to write,
exercise, or perform? Whatever you love to do, and whatever you decide you want
to be, think about including three factors into whatever you do. Why?
Because more than anything, the new economy is looking for these three different
strains of thought:
- Creative imagineers who can come up with new ideas and create new,
innovative ways to do things.
- Technical thinkers who can understand the latest technology, make it work
and come up with newer technology.
- Business brains who can put all these new ideas and products together,
market them, and sell them.
That doesn't mean you have to be a artist, a computer scientist, or a
financial guru. But, becoming part of the new economy means developing all of
these parts of our brains. As a doctor you may not need to know how to rebuild
and redesign the equipment you use every day, but you do need to know how to
operate it. You also need a little bit of the business side of you to be able to
market yourself to potential employers, maintain friendly relationships with
patients/customers, and be able to manage your finances. And what good would a
doctor be if they weren't a creative thinker, able to problem solve and
improvise solutions to difficult cases?
No matter what career you decide on you need to be able to understand tough
concepts, get comfortable with technology, manage money, and learn to negotiate.
But it also means nurturing your creativity and coloring outside the lines once
in a while. Creativity, technology, and business sense are essential in whatever
you do. Make sure you include them in your higher education plans!