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Career Talk

by Mercy Harold

To start with, it is important to look into the definitions of the term Career for proper understanding

 The word career has been defined in many books and by many authors. However, Wikipedia defined the term as ‘An individual’s metaphorical “journey” through learning, work and other aspects of life’. 

Shows typically that career comes with a mixture of one’s life journey and work journey which falls down on the shoulders of one’s “Career choice”

Sometimes we may like to say that career is a synonym for an occupation

Career and purpose is often time been used interchangeably by a lot of people, meanwhile, purpose and career are entirely different, for the purpose of this however, we will be laying emphasis on career. The start point of your career begins at the first step into your educational background. 

Another definition of career which is much more complicated is that career concerns an individual’s progression through a series of jobs over his or her lifetime and includes that person’s education and unpaid work experiences, such as internships and volunteer opportunities. 

When it is defined in this context, it covers everything related to career development including career choice and career advancement. Your career can take a variety of things that you like and want to do with a splash of these definitions to know that there’s a huge difference between a job and a career. A career is not just dependent on your Job I.e the job you do most times make up your career. While a job is more short-term oriented and tends to focus purely on earning money, a career on the other hand is a series of related employment in one field that provides experience for your future and helps you earn a better paycheck and living status”

To start a career there are some important and useful tips to be followed

Treat everything else as a concubine and your career as your first love

Nobody knows how important your career is apart from you,

Research has proven 3 major influences to a lot of career choice

The parental, social and environmental factors fueling a decision to a career journey

The career choice you make determines a huge part of the rest of your life. After all, you spend large parts of your life working. The choice for a career or profession is not an easy one. If you find out you have chosen the wrong profession, it is even more important to carefully think about the next step

*Be intentional about it

When choosing a certain profession or making a career switch, it is important to carefully find out what your interests and ambitions are. You can do this by means of intentionally engaging in the things you love doing, Such steps gives you a clear insight into your talents and interests. It also tells you in which area of expertise you will probably find a profession suitable for what are your interest?

In starting a career however you must know and check some very important factors tagged the 5Ws and H.

When do you begin?

Where do you start from

Why are you here, Why your career choice?

Who are the people you need to get involved with?

How do you start?

When you are able to answer these questions you are about to begin your career journey

*Don’t Rush

Make sure you do not rush making career choices. Do not just apply for any random job. Make a well-prepared career choice because it is one of the main factors determining which specific profession you will end up in.

Considering the importance of your choice, it is essential to think about the desires you have in respect to your future job. Read more on the fundamental career question: what do I want?

*Have a mentor

To be great you need to drink from a cup of greatness, having a backbone is very important, because a lot of unseen pitholes are ahead in the road to success, as the saying goes no man is an island, have a mentor, share your ideas, get wrong and get right.

Choose a career today and work on it.

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