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How Do I Find the Right Career For Me?

Posted on January 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

If you’re working on choosing a career, you’re probably confronting the question of “how do I find the right career for me”. Here are 5 things to think about that will help you through the career planning process of finding the right career.

1) Your Hobbies
Think about what you like to do in your free time and what you’re good at. Do you like working with your hands? With your mind? Are you good with people? Do you prefer being alone? Do you coach a team or tutor kids? Spend time outdoors in nature? Do you like numbers? Puzzles? Writing? Particular kinds of video games? There are careers out there that make use of your skills and interests…and sometimes they’re not obvious. As an example, just because you’re a great little league coach doesn’t mean you should be a professional coach. But you do embrace leadership skills, which apply to a variety of careers and can guide you in your career search. Maybe you love music – you can work for an ad agency, or a theater, represent musicians, open a music club, work for a non-profit to get instruments into schools…Or maybe you love sports statistics – you can become an accountant or a mortgage banker or work for a sports team….You just need to do some research to connect the dots.

2) Your Values
What’s important to you? Is it having lots of free time? Lots of money? Having a big family? Following a dream? Living in the city? The country? The suburbs? Living overseas? All of these things play a role in the career opportunities that will fit you and be available to you. For example, if you’re obsessed with the auto industry but are set on living near your ranch in Wyoming, you probably have to choose one or the other. If you want to live in New York City and have five kids, you’re probably going to have to choose a career where you can make a lot of money. To find the right career, it’s important to be in touch with your values.

3) The Type of Life You Want
Do you want a conventional life where you stay on one path, live in one city and settle down young to start a family? Or do you want an adventurous life where you take big risks, chase big ideas, and frequently change cities? The adventurous path may be more likely to blur job and life together. For example, if you’re a war photographer or a rock musician, your career and life kind of become one. If you know you want a conventional life, you can generally rule out careers like these. At the same time, if you know you want an adventurous life, you can probably rule out most office jobs. It’s always possible to be a librarian by day and a traveling cliff diver on weekends, but it really comes down to where you want to find your adventure every day.

4) Your Favorite & Best Classes At School
What classes always felt like fun to you? What classes came to you so naturally that they just seemed easy? Are you great at science? Math? Or do you hate science and math but love English classes? If you hate science and math but love English classes, you can probably rule out careers like doctor, scientist and economist. But you can consider things like teacher, lawyer and other communications-based careers. Analyzing what classes fit you is a great step towards finding the right career.

5) What You’re Willing To Sacrifice
The expression “nothing comes for free” exists for a reason. If you’re a young, corporate lawyer or investment banker getting paid the big bucks, you’re probably going to have close to zero free time. If you’re an airline pilot or a truck driver, you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time away from home. If you want to become a college professor, you’re going to be in school a long time to get that PhD. If you want to be a famous actress, you’re going to have to humiliate yourself at casting calls and tryouts where your talents and looks will be picked apart by a panel of others. What is your threshold for all of this? It helps to ask this question and be in touch with what you’re willing to sacrifice for your career. Sometimes it’s tough to know in advance, but the sooner you can figure it out the more you can avoid the tough discoveries that come from learning your career exceeds your threshold after you’ve settled into a path.

Productivity Profiles – The Lawyer

Posted on January 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

People are productive in many ways. There are a few — what I would call archetype productive — roles that are generic and performed by anyone without having the archetypical background. Think, for example about the lawyer. We are all at one or other moments in our lives a lawyer.

The term lawyer has a general use, in practice the activities of a lawyer is split up into two “careers;” that of the barrister and the solicitor.

“Solicitors have more direct contact with the clients, whereas barristers often only become involved in a case once advocacy before a court is needed by the client.” (Wikipedia).

This difference can be compared with that of the medical specialist and the more general physician “… a solicitor, like a general practitioner is the regular point of contact for a client, who will only be referred to a barrister (or … a consultant) for specialist advisory or advocacy services. … barristers tend to be instructed in complex litigation and in certain other specialist fields.” (wikipedia).

The difference in focus will bring a difference in productivity. The Solicitor operates more as a client relation manager. The barrister is the one involved in the plea and engaged in the process of convincing.

In business, the lawyers type of productivity is visible in a few situations, like that during discussions for example about a business case. “a devil’s advocate” can be anyone who pleas in favor or against (criticizes) a decision in order to assess the risk, impact or weakness of the decision to be taken.

Often, as lawyers are trained and educated in the world of language and where language is their main tool, lawyers are very skilled in presentation.
We only have to think about the recent democratic elections which both candidates having a background in law.

“…Rodham … specialized in patent infringement and intellectual property law,while also working pro bono in child advocacy; she rarely performed litigation work in court.” (wikipedia – Hillary Clinton)

“Obama taught constitutional law… worked as an associate attorney … worked on cases where the firm represented community organizers, pursued discrimination claims, and on voting rights cases. He also spent time on real estate transactions, filing incorporation papers and defending clients against minor lawsuits.” (wikipedia – Barack Obama)

From the democratic elections it is hard not to remember the archetypical productive roles of both Hillary and Obama, both with a background in law and both practising the productive role of the lawyer: which is to plea for their case in order to attract the public (vote or attention).

This is what people do when being productive, it is one of the most important roles. Whether in the office or at home.

Think about it.

H.J.B.

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Tallahassee Job Guide – The Best Careers in Tallahassee, Florida

Posted on January 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

Tallahassee is the capital city of arguably one of our nation’s most productive states, Florida. With a population of roughly $172,000 residents, Tallahassee is considered to be one of the fastest growing and most vibrant cities in the entire state. The city is also home to several different educational institutions, including Florida A&M University, Florida State University and Keiser University. Tallahassee Community College is one of the city’s largest employers.

This confluence of colleges and universities has had a very positive effect on the city, both culturally and economically. The growth of the student population ensures vibrant community life, bringing with it a number of restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots. The colleges and universities in the area also directly provide many job opportunities, from purely academic positions to careers like accountant or lawyer. To take full advantage of the high number of graduates in the area, many companies have established regional branches in the area, promoting economic growth and ensuring employment opportunities well into the future. Tallahassee is one of the most highly educated cities in the country, with over 45% of residents over the age of 25 holding at least a bachelor’s degree. The colleges and universities in the area also directly provide many job opportunities, from purely academic positions to careers like accountant or lawyer.

Several major companies have established a presence in the area, making it hotspot for all kinds of high-level corporate careers. Sprint, General Dynamics and Elbit Systems of America are among the city’s top employers. Tallahassee is also well-known for its fast-growing tech industry; computer hardware, telecommunications and software developers have all become significantly more prominent in recent years.

Tallahassee is somewhat unique when it comes to its most popular careers. For example, management analyst is the single most popular career among educated professionals, giving it one of the highest concentrations in the entire country. Generally, management analysts tend to work with companies to help streamline operations, maximize profits, and reorganize staff. This career offers rare flexibility in the corporate world; 27% of all management analysts nationwide are self-employed, independently contracting with companies instead of working in-house. There are almost 5,000 of these analysts working in Tallahassee today, each one earning an average salary of about $53,000 a year. An experienced and talented worker can expect to earn up to $78,000 annually.

Accountant is the second most popular career in the entire city. Pursuing a career in accounting is often a smart choice since almost all companies require their services at one time or another, ensuring a reasonable level of job stability well into the future. There are approximately 3,500 accountants working in Tallahassee’s many companies on any given business day. Accountants and auditors in Tallahassee earn an average salary of about $51,000 a year, with salaries for talented employees reaching up to $77,000.

Lawyer is another uniquely popular career choice in Tallahassee. For anyone with the interest, means and drive to complete law school, it is good decision in almost any city. But in Tallahassee in particular, lawyer seems to be even more popular than in most cities. There are about 1,600 lawyers living and working in Tallahassee today, making it the fourth most popular career choice in the entire city. Lawyers are well-paid nationwide, and Tallahassee is no exception; the average lawyer in the city earns close to $100,000 a year.

With the tech industry booming in the city, almost any career path in this field is sure to be successful in the city. Network systems analyst, for example, is the seventh most popular career in the city, followed directly by computer systems analyst. Computer programmers, too, are in high demand in the city. Network and computer systems administrator is another popular choice and it is also very lucrative. Network administrators in Tallahassee earn an average salary of about $64,000 a year.

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