Career Guidance

Written by Serena Berger
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Most individuals today transition among jobs significantly more than workers had in the past. Given that fact, it is somewhat surprising that the last time at which career guidance is made available for everyone is during high school. While you are in college, a career services office might provide you with useful contact information or host sessions intended to make you more aware of certain job opportunities, but these will not directly provide you with guidance in selecting your career. After entering the workforce, you are essentially on your own to acquire the information you need to determine the course of your career.

To answer this void, mentorship is becoming more and more popular in large companies. Older or more experienced employees are asked (or often volunteer) to serve as guides and mentors to new hires. These programs can lead to lasting bonds of both professional respect and friendship which help to guide you in your career.

Considering Alternative Careers

If you are a good employee, your company is unlikely to tell you that they think you should seek alternative employment because you might be happier somewhere else. A friend or coworker, on the other hand, might offer you an honest opinion in this regard. You should use that individual to begin networking if you find the suggestion intriguing.

You might start by researching prospective alternatives online to get a better sense of what those other careers entail on a daily basis. There are online networking sites which are like professional versions of Friendster--you develop a chain of acquaintances who are willing to offer information and assistance to those they meet online. Ultimately the course that your career follows is in your hands, but there really is sufficient guidance if you know where to look. Much of it is even free and conveniently available from rapidly growing internet sites.


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