Jewish World Review Jan. 29, 2003 / 26 Shevat, 5763
What do you want to be when you grow up?
http://www.jewishworldreview.com | I ask my clients these questions to help them pick a career. Don't feel bad if most of your answers aren't helpful. On average, only a few questions generate a useful clue.
QUESTIONS TO TEASE OUT THE UNUSUAL
None of us want to feel ordinary. One way to feel special is to find a career that incorporates something unusual about us. That also may yield you a higher salary: employers often pay more for rare attributes than for common ones.
QUESTIONS TO TEASE OUT CAREER CLUES FROM OUR DAILY LIFE
Clues from our daily lives can help us figure out who we really are:
QUESTIONS THAT LOOK AT OUR DARK SIDE
Northern California is the land of positivism. We're encouraged to think positive, act positive. Yet our dark side may offer career clues.
QUESTION TO IDENTIFY A CAREER ANGEL
It is sad but true that whoyou know often counts as much as what you know.
THE MOST POWERFUL QUESTIONS
Sometimes, these questions are the most revealing of all. Some clients cry when I ask them:
Now, look at your answers. Pick out the one, two, or three clues that feel most significant. Does any career come to mind?
ADVICE I'D GIVE MY CHILD
Standard advice is to pursue a career only if you're passionate about it. I believe that is poor counsel. If you asked 100 people who are passionate about their career, "Were you passionate about it before you entered it?," most would say no. Most people become passionate about their career after they've entered it.
For example, I know someone who, by chance, ended up in the truck dashboard manufacturing business. Before he entered the field, he certainly wasn't passionate about truck dashboards, but now, when he can answer anyone's questions about them and makes a good living at it because few people have his expertise, he has indeed grown passionate about dashboards. Take a moderate amount of time to consider career options, then choose something, anything. It's like love: for real passion, you can't just think about it; you have to get into it.
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