Advice on planning your career

Here are a couple of valuable tips for planning your career:

The first tip is, “Do what you like and the money will follow.” If you work at something you like, you will be good at it, and the best people usually rise to the top. Don’t do something just for the money unless you do not have any better options.

Second, don’t be afraid to change career completely. It is becoming increasingly common for a person to have more than one career in a lifetime. Doctors and solicitors tend to stay in the same field of work, but accountants, engineers, computer scientists, and obviously entrepreneurs may change the type of work they do as many as five times in a lifetime.

Third, “When in doubt aim high.” If you are genuinely interested in but undecided between two career options, aim first for the one with the most demanding educational requirements. If you try the hardest first, and decide it’s too tough, or you just don’t like it, at least you will have tried it. It’s easy to move to a field with lower educational requirements. It’s almost impossible to move up once you’ve started.

Fourth, “Without a plan, you are like a ship without a rudder.” Without a career plan you will be blown off course by the slightest breeze. Without a good career plan experienced professionals can stall and stagnate and become targets for downsizing. Without a good career pan college students are likely to change majors, lose credits, drop out, or take too long to graduate. When times get tough, and the classes become hard, self doubt begins to creep in. Having a firm career direction will help keep the student on track during tough times.

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Interview preparation advice

Interview Tip 1: Plan Ahead

Do a little homework! Research the company and the position if possible, as well, the people you will meet with at the interview. Review your work experiences. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the companies needs. Have your facts ready!

Interview Tip 2: Role Play

Once you have finished studying, begin role playing (rehearsing). Use the general questions provided below in the Interview Preparation Area. Write down answers if it helps to make your presentation more concise. Try to keep your answers to the information your new employer will want to know.

Interview Tip 3: Eye Contact

Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show you want the job with your interest.

Interview Tip 4: Be Positive

In particular, avoid negative comments about past employers.

Interview Tip 5: Adapt

Listen and adapt. Be sensitive to the style of the interviewer. Pay attention to those details of dress, office furniture, and general decor which will afford helpful clues to assist you in tailoring your presentation.

Interview Tip 6: Relate

Try to relate your answers to the interviewer and his or her company. Focus on achievements relevant to the position.

Interview Tip 7: Encourage

Encourage the interviewer to share information about his or her company. Demonstrate your interest.