Job and Career
Our life is an odd mixture of different moments of action and inaction, work and rest. Work provides us with an inner creative joy. It saves us from the routine and apathy of life. It puts our energies to a proper use. Unused energies create disorders in us. They make us physically unhealthy and mentally unhappy. Time hangs heavy on our shoulders when there is no work. It provides us with money for our life hood. It makes our life meaningful and peaceful. Idleness is more boring and painful than work. When a worker builds up something new, he feels encouraged and elevated and thus gets pleasure from his creative work. Where there is no need, there would be no work. Where there is no work, there would be no joy in life. Thus to become a full-fledged person you have to find a proper career. How do you choose a career? Part of the problem is the size and complexity of the job market itself. Five hundred and sixty-three different occupations were listed in a recent publication of the Belarusian Department of Labor, and this list is probably incomplete. Try to collect as much information as you can and evaluate yourself. Be sure you know your own interests and talents. Unfortunately, not everyone takes this trouble. Those who don't, can make costly mistakes. For example, some people simply follow in the footsteps of a parent or a relative. One young man I know became a doctor because that was his father’s profession. Yet he could not stand the sight of blood. Watching an operation made him sick to his stomach. One day he had to amputate a leg, and, after making the first cut, fainted in the operating room. A young woman I know became an accountant although she hated maths. Her uncle encouraged her by promising a job in his company. It took her several years, and several disasters with the company books, before she realized her mistake. Procrastinating, postponing a decision, is another error people make.. I'll get started tomorrow, or next week, or next year. These people refuse to face the problem, hoping it will go away. But if you don't take the first step now, how can you plan for the future, take the right courses in school, get in the right programmes? Procrastinators just drift missing many opportunities. So, make a short of your interests, talents and preferences and become a job hunter. Hunting for a job can be tricky. However, the hunt can be rewarding, for it can lead to wonderful career opportunities. Through telephone calls, correspondence, interviews, and other contacts, the job hunter will (1) meet people, (2) share information, (3) get glimpses of various companies. You can find the job you want if you prepare yourself for the hunt. You should first prepare a resume, listing accurate information about your education, past work experience, affiliations, and so on. A resume that is too general may undermine your possibilities of being hired. What is important for one resume may not be important for the other. Once you have created a resume, you are ready to begin serious job-hunting. You should look through “help wanted” ads in newspapers and visit employment agencies. You should let your family, friends, and acquaintances know that you are looking for employment. Remember that only 10 percent of all job vacancies appear in print. You should also attend job fairs, often held in major cities or on university campuses. This information can be obtained from local or university newspapers or employment offices. Recruiters from various fields interview prospective employees or accept resumes and/or give out employment applications. Some employers do presentations for interested employees. Then you will need to gather information about the organizations you are interested in. This research is important because it will give you insights into the company, and your potential employer will be able to see that you are prepared for the interview. This show of interest could help in getting you the...
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