"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

Objectives of a career

  • Make living/income.

  • Utilise your potential and capabilities to serve the society.

  • Enjoy challenges and make life demanding and interesting.

  • Many more personal and other reasons...

What is a "Professional Career"

  • Involve Expertise.

  • Most of the time require higher education.

  • Has more individual/social responsibilities.

  • Demand high level of commitment and dedication.

  • Typically more rewarding financially and social status.

Typical qualities of a good professional

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  • Skills and knowledge (expertise)

  • Responsible/Reliable

  • Empathy

  • Ethical values

  • Honesty

  • Integrity

Things to remember in selecting a career for you

  • Its a life time decision. So choose a career that you can enjoy!
  • Choose a career that is matching your skills and potentials.
  • Choose a career that can earn enough to make your aspirations fulfilled.
  • There are ethical aspects in different careers

What are the different types of careers/professions?

  • Interesting/challenging vs. routine/repetitive

    An engineer vs cashier

    Graphic designer vs data entry operator

    Note:* For some people challenging work induce stress, and for talented others doing monotonous repetitive work results in greatest stress and frustration.

  • Futuristic vs retro

    A software developer vs account clerk

  • Skilled vs unskilled (less skills needed) works

    A carpenter vs a helper

  • Open vs closed professions

    Closed professions

    Entry into profession is tightly controlled by giving various unrealistic reasons

    Effective mostly in countries with traditional and colonial mind set

    Example: Doctors, lawyers

    Open professions

    Almost all the other professions

    Example: Engineering, Management, Business

  • Easily self-employed vs employer-employee oriented

    A Doctor can relatively easily self-employed but not that easy for an accountant.

  • Solving problems vs creating (exploiting) problems

    Some professionals solve (individual or social) problems.

    Some other professions (In fact bulk of the people practising those professions) inherently exploit or create problems to the society.

  • Ethical (can be practised ethically) vs invariably unethical careers

    A medical practitioner vs a butcher

  • High salary vs low salary (in general)

    Pilot vs driver

How to select and proceed your profession?

  • 1. Identify your individual need/aspirations.

  • 2. Identify your personality

  • 3. Do a SWOT analysis.

  • 4. Select a suitable career for you.

  • 5. Work on studying to get necessary academic/professional competency.

  • 6. Practice your profession, serve the society and enjoy your life.

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