Guide to Choosing Career

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GUIDE TO CHOOSING A CAREER

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Life’s big decisions are often the scariest and most difficult ones to make. So it’s no surprise that you may be tempted to postpone choosing a career to the last minute or let the winds of fate dictate where you will go. While it won’t make the decision for you, (unfortunately, you still have to do that yourself), this booklet can give you a clearer idea on what you should look out for when selecting a career and the steps you need to take in preparation for it. If you find yourself caught in a whirlwind of indecision, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time. Besides, there’s no need to limit yourself to one option. Who knows? You might just change your mind along the way. Do let me know what you think about this booklet and what you’d like to see in future editions by filling in the feedback and enquiry card in the centrespread and sending it back to me. You can also find me at doctorjob.com.my or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/doctorjob) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/doctorjob). Hope to hear from you soon!

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Assessing yourself
Job vs career........................................................... 2 Identify your skills .................................................. 4 Weighing your values.............................................. 6 Options for work experience ................................... 8

Action planning
One stepping stone at a time ................................ 10 Financial planning ................................................ 12

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Quizzing yourself.................................................. 14 Getting to know you.............................................. 16 Career pointers..................................................... 18 Networking for beginners...................................... 22 Being your own boss............................................. 24 Soft skills for success ........................................... 26

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doctorjob’s guide to choosing a career

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01 | Job vs career
It’s easier to have a job than to have a career. Can you tell the difference? Although it is easy to mistake the two to mean the same, they are in fact two very different things. A person who has a career almost definitely has one or more stable jobs in their life, but a person who has a job may not necessarily have a career. The following are some of the differences that can help you tell between a job and a career.

Continuous development
A career involves planning, having milestones to overcome and goals to achieve. There is a lot of development happening at the start, in the middle or nearing the peak of a career, whereas in a job, your first day and your last day is pretty much the same. It is also easier to find a replacement for you when you leave.

Having a job
There are actually many jobs that require people to do the same things day in, day out eg driving a taxi, working the cash register, attending to shoppers, keeping a park clean etc. While these are important jobs which contribute to the economy and provide pleasant experiences to the public, they are functional roles that must remain as they are to stay relevant. In this sense, waiting tables

would be considered a job. A waiter only has a job if he comes to work on-the-dot and leaves after his shift is done. However, if he takes up night classes in a hotel management course, is committed to his work, goes the extra mile for his customers, learns from his mistakes and aspires to be the restaurant manager one day, he is in fact working towards what...
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