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Easy Ways to Plan for Career Success

Debra Wheatman | CAREEREALISM


When we are young people ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common enough question. Our parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends all serve to influence our decisions. Sometimes circumstances force us to choose a particular path. How may times have you heard someone say, “Well I wanted to be a dentist, dancer, actor, or sportscaster,” or something else? But they didn’t become any of those things owning to personal or other obstacles that prevented their entry into a desired area.

The questions then become: Are you happy with the field you chose? Do you enjoy your work? Is there something else you would rather be doing? If you are happy and have other pursuits that fulfill other needs, then perhaps your path is strong enough to prevent the feeling you were meant for something else. Your profession might provide you with new skills and security; you therefore do not dedicate a lot of time to seeking other things outside your chosen field. Otherwise you might consider searching for a more fulfilling role – a position closer to what you truly want to be ‘when you grow up’.

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