You want the job! You feel that this is the career path for you! You go for the interview and impress your interviewer. Next you got the job! You are now at the top of the world.
Then when the natural 'high' of getting the job is over you fall into a rut of things. Your career seems mundane. You feel that there is no more challenge in what you are doing. You feel that perhaps it's time to change your career.
But wait! Can you guarantee that the next career will be an interesting one? Or is history going to repeat itself all over again?
There is no success formula for your career. You are your career. Period! It is what you make out of it. Your career succumbs to the natural law of selection in that if you do not want your career to become extinct than you need to nurture it. To do that you need to adapt to change. As naturalist Charles Darwin puts it: "It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survive; it is the one most adaptable to change." To prevent such a catastrophic extinction of your career you need to create your own personal vision and as management 'guru' Stephen R Covey mentions as one of the habits of highly effective people to "begin with the end in mind."
Once you got the career you want you need to create a short-term, mid-term and a long-term career plan.
Short-term Career Plan
A short-term career plan can be from six months to two years. Here you can maximize your potential by learning everything about your trade, networking and understanding your roles, responsibilities and function in your career. This is also a volatile period in your career as others might intend to topple you or the challenges you face might seem overwhelming and impossible.
There is a saying which goes: "Just when you see the light at the end of the tunnel it turns out to be an on-coming train." This means that you need to be very clear and focus on what you really want if you are going to come out of the 'tunnel'. Otherwise you are going to get run over by the 'on-coming train' which represents all the resistance and oppositions that you will face in your career.
Mid-Term Career Plan
Your mid-term career plan can be three to five years. By now you should be professionally competent in your job. You might be highly efficient in what you are doing but the question is whether you are highly effective as well.
Efficiency is basically about doing things right. Being effective is doing the right things right. This means that you need to continuously analyse your original career goals to see whether they are still relevant in your industry. Staying relevant and able to respond effectively to the changing environment is crucial to your career success. Mr Lee Kwan Yew succinctly said: "It's the ability of a people to respond quickly to the unexpected that decides whether they survive, or they are swept aside by events."
This is the period where boredom begins setting in as you start enveloping yourself in a comfort zone. The original sweet taste of success starts to wither away and you feel that you are in the rut. Just like an aging car, your need to do a complete overhaul if need be to make sure that your performance is still intact.
Long Term Career Plan
Your long-term career plan is anything from five years and beyond. There's the danger that you might get entrenched in your comfort zone such that it will become difficult to manage your career. Further you may find yourself having the fear of redundancy. If you are unable to make the changes necessary and take charge of your career you may very well be writing your own career epitaph.
This is the time you need to "rewire" yourself. Throw out the old school of thoughts if you have to and embrace the new work philosophy. Accept and adopt new ways of doing things, attend relevant training courses, learn a new skill and keep identifying new business avenues to exploit.
This might all sound exceedingly insurmountable; however it is easier to make small changes in gradual steps then making one giant leap. Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh said: "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
This is the time when you can be an inspiration to others. Engage yourself in a transfer of your knowledge. When you teach you learn. And most importantly remain teachable. When you've come this far you might be fearful of failure and this kills your entrepreneurial spirit.
Be receptive in trying new things in every aspect of your life. Do not be afraid of failure. You may not succeed at first but as Lloyd Jones said: "The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed."
Career assessments and tests help you explore who you. Career books and web sites give you a glimpse of the world of work. Free career information is available on web sites. Some writers have written facts for children and teens. We would like to share some information with you. These web sites use graphics, multimedia presentation, activities, and other techniques to expand our knowledge of careers. We have written information on seventeen (17) web sites. Here are the four different types of exploring careers web sites:
General Career Information
Science Career Clusters
Specific Science Careers
Curriculum Web Sites
Curriculum web sites provide activities, tests, guidelines, as well as career information.
Resource One: Career Cruiser
Source: Florida Department of Education
The Career Cruiser is a career exploration guidebook for middle school students. The Career Cruiser has self assessment activities to match personal interests to careers. The Career Cruiser has information on Holland Codes. Careers are grouped into 16 career clusters. The Career Cruiser has information on occupational descriptions, average earnings, and minimum educational level required for the job.
Teacher's Guide is also available.
Resource Two: Elementary Core Career Connection
Source: Utah State Office of Education
The Core Career Connections is a collection of instructional activities, K to 6, and 7 to 8, designed by teachers, counselors, and parents. Each grade level has instructional activities that align directly with the Utah State Core. This instructional resource provides a framework for teachers, counselors, and parents to integrate career awareness with the elementary and middle level grade students.
Career Information Web Sites
Some web sites provide excellent career information. Some web sites list facts about job tasks, wages, career outlook, interests, education, and more.
Resource Three: Career Voyages
Source: U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education
The Career Voyages web site is a Career Exploration web site for Elementary School students. The Career Voyages web site has information about the following industries:
Aerospace and the "BioGeoNano" Technologies
Resource Four: Career Ship
Source: New York State Department of Labor
Career Ship is a free online career exploration tool for middle and high school students.
Career Ship uses Holland Codes and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools. For each career, Career Ship provides the following information:
Career Ship is a product of Mapping Your Future, a public service web site providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services.
RESOURCE FIVE: Career Zone
Source: New York State Department of Labor
Career Zone is a career exploration and planning system. Career Zone has an assessment activity that identifies Holland Codes. Career Zone provides information on 900 careers from the new O*NET Database, the latest labor market information from the NYS Department of Labor and interactive career portfolios for middle and high school students that connect to the NYS Education Department Career Plan initiative. Career Zone has links to college exploration and planning resources, 300 career videos, resume builder, reference list maker, and cover letter application.
Resource Six: Destination 2020
Source: Canada Career Consortium
Destination 2020 helps youth discover how everyday tasks can help them build skills they will need to face the many challenges of the workforce.
Skills are linked to:
Other School Activities
Play Activities At Home
Work at Home
Through quizzes, activities and articles, they might actually find some answers or, at least, a direction about their future. There are more than 200 profiles of real people who are describing what a day at work is like for them.
Resource Seven: What Do You Like
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Do You Like is the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Career web site for kids. The web site provides career information for students in Grades 4 to 8. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of the material on the site has been adapted from the Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook,a career guidance publication for adults and upper level high school students that describes the job duties, working conditions, training requirements, earnings levels, and employment prospects of hundreds of occupations. Careers are matched to interests and hobbies. In the Teacher's Guide, there are twelve categories and their corresponding occupations.
Science Career Clusters
Some organizations have created web sites that feature science careers.
Resource Eight: EEK! Get a Job Environmental Education for Kids
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Eek! Get a Job Environmental Education for Kids is an electronic magazine for kids in grades 4 to 8. Eek! Get a Job provides information about:
There is a job description for each career, a list of job activities, suggested activities to begin exploring careers, and needed job skills.
Resource Nine: GetTech
Source: National Association of Manufacturers, Center for Workforce Success, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S Department of Labor
Get Tech is a educational web site that provides CAREER EXPLORATION information.
Get Tech has information about the following industries:
Engineering and Industrial Technology
Biotechnology and Chemistry
Health and Medicine
Arts & Design
Within each area, there are examples of careers.
Each career profile gives:
Number of people employed to job
Number of jobs available in the future
Place of work
Level of education required
Location of training programs: University Pharmacy Programs.
There is a Get Tech Teacher's Guide.
Resource Ten: LifeWorks
Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education
LifeWorks is a career exploration web site for middle and high school students. LifeWorks has information on more than 100 medical science and health careers. For each career, LifeWorks has the following information:
True stories of people who do the different jobs
LifeWorks has a Career Finder that allows you to search by Name of Job, Interest Area, Education Required, or Salary.
Resource Eleven: San Diego Zoo Job Profiles for Kids
Source: San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Job Profiles discussed jobs for people who:
Work with animals
Work with plants
Work with science and conservation
Work with people
Work that helps run the Zoo and Park
There are activities listed under each area, for example:
What we do
What is cool about this job
How this job helps animals
How to get a job like this
Practice Being a ...
How to Become a ...
Resource Twelve: Scientists in Action!
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior
Scientists in Action features summaries of the lives of people involved in careers in the natural sciences:
Mapping the planets
Sampling the ocean floor
Forecasting volcanic eruptions
Resource Twelve: Want To Be a Scientist?
Source: Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of the Agriculture
Want To Be a Scientist is a career exploration web site for kids about 8 to 13 years old. Want To Be a Scientist has a series of job descriptions, stories, and other resources about what scientists do here at the ARS.
These stories include information about:
Specific Science Careers
The last group of web sites is dedicated to providing information on specific science careers, for example veterinarians,
Resource Thirteen: About Veterinarians
Source: American Veterinary Medical Association
About Veterinarians has facts about:
What is a Veterinarian?
Becoming a Veterinarian
Making a Career Decision
What Personal Abilities Does a Veterinarian Need?
What Are the Pluses and Minuses of a Veterinary Career?
After Graduation From Veterinary School
Where Most Schools Are Located
About School Accreditation
The Phases of Professional Study
The Clinical Curriculum
The Academic Experience
Roles of Veterinarians
Teaching and Research
The Advantage of Specializing
Greatest Potential Growth Areas
Other Professional Directions
AVMA Veterinary Career Center
Becoming a Veterinary Technician
Your Career in Veterinary Technology
Duties and Responsibilities
Resource Fourteen: Aquarium Careers
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Aquarium Careers features careers information. For each Staff Profiles, there is Educational Background and Skills Needed. The Staff Profiles include:
The Aquarium Careers web site answers the following questions:
What should I do now to prepare for a career in marine biology?
Where can I find a good college for marine biology?
What should be my college major?
How do I pick a graduate school?
I'm not sure of my area of interest. What should I do?
Marine Science Career Resources include information on:
Marine Advanced Technology Education
Marine Mammal Center, California
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California
Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Resource Fifteen: Engineering The Stealth Profession
Source: Discover Engineering
Engineering The Stealth Profession has a lot of information about engineers:
Types of Engineers
Resource Sixteen: Sea Grant Marine Careers
Source: Marine Careers
Sea Grant Marine Careers gives you facts about marine career fields and to people working in those fields. Sea Grant Marine Careers outlines information on:
In each area, there is a detailed description of the type of the work that the scientists do. There are feature stories for different scientists in the career field.
The career profiles include information on:
What is your current job and what does it entail?
What was the key factor in your career decision?
What do you like most about your career?
What do you like least about your career?
What do you do to relax?
Who are your heroes/heroines?
What advice would you give a high school student who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in your field?
Are career opportunities in your field increasing or decreasing and why?
What will you be doing 10 years from today?
What is the salary range?
Resource Seventeen: Do You Want to Become a Volcanologist?
Source: Volcano World
Do You Want to Become a Volcanologist? provides the following descriptions:
The Word Volcanologist
Traits for success
Career web sites help you build awareness of the different aspects of careers: the tasks, wages, career outlook, interests, education, knowledge, and skills. We know that you will be fun exploring careers.
It's arguably the most important job in the world, but just because you're a passionate, dedicated teacher doesn't mean that you can send in any old resume. You must be able to translate your skills, experiences, and credentials into a document that makes potential employers say, "I want to meet his person!" In fact, you're "teaching" employers about you.
Structuring for Success
These features must be included on your resume. Put them in the order below to maximize readability.
· Identifying information. Like other resumes, you must include your full name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of your resume. Make sure it's big enough to read easily.
· Objective. This is especially important when applying at large school districts because they receive hundreds of resumes and need to quickly identify which pile your resume should be added to. Many teachers-especially at the elementary level-are certified for a broad range of ages and subjects. If employers can't decide whether you want to teach sixth grade social studies or kindergarten, she may toss your resume and move on the next, clearer resume. Be precise: "Seeking a sixth grade language arts teaching position."
· Teaching experience. Start with your current or most recent teaching experience and work your way back chronologically. If you're a new teacher, your student teaching experience-as well as any substitute teaching experience-will make up this section.
· Education. Again, list this in reverse chronological order, and make sure to include any continuing education or professional development you've participated in. If you're a new teacher, put this section above teaching experience.
· Certifications. You can't teach if you aren't certified,and employing someone who isn't qualified is every administrator's worst nightmare. Make it easy for them by putting your certifications and endorsements front and center. If it's in the works, put the anticipated date of your endorsement.
· Career-related awards. If you've been honored with a Golden Apple teaching award or some other education-centered award during your career, make sure you include it. Outside validation goes a long way with school districts.
· Associations and memberships. List the professional organizations to which you belong. For new teachers especially, these associations demonstrate your seriousness about your career.
The following sections are potential add-ins, depending on your situation.
· Profile. If you're an established teacher, a profile section can help define who you are. Think about your qualities, experience, and skills. Example: "A very creative high school history teacher with 10 years of experience, I'm dedicated to eliciting high levels of classroom performance from every student.
· Other work experience. This is only for new teachers or those with a large gap between teaching jobs. Try to play up the "educational" aspects of any job you list. For instance, if you were a docent at a local museum, emphasize how you taught large groups of people about ancient Egypt on a daily basis.
· College honors. Again, this is primarily for new teachers, though if you were a Rhodes Scholar, you're never too far removed from college to include that tidbit!
· Special skills. Like every other employer today, schools are looking to maximize the usefulness of their teachers. If you're fluent in a foreign language, for example, a small district with no current foreign language offerings may give your resume more weight because they can use that skill, as well as your primary teaching area.
· Incorporate buzz words. If possible-and if it's true, of course-demonstrate your knowledge of and experience with some of the most popular trends in teaching. Things such as "team teaching" (or learning), "hands-on learning," "whole language," and "inclusion" are going to set off happy bells for potential employers.
· Highlight your innovative spirit. Whatever your teaching experience-even if only as a student teacher-you've had to get creative in the classroom. Include a couple of examples of innovative techniques you've developed that are transferable to a new position.
· Emphasize your willingness to be a team player. Teaching is often collaborative, so if you're able to demonstrate how you've contributed your time and skills for the overall benefit of a school-not just your own students-your resume will outshine most others.
Ah yes, August is here. The dog days of summer are upon us. And for many, a long-awaited TV event finally arrives: Shark Week on Discovery Channel.
If Jaws scared you so much that you still refuse to go in the water, Shark Week provides another look at these amazing animals, the oceans they live in, and how humans are threatening their survival. (That's right. Believe it or not, we pose a much bigger risk to them than they do to us.) It also gives viewers a chance to see the amazing marine biology professionals who study, observe, and even swim with sharks in action.
Whether or not you're ready to don a wet suit and jump into a shark cage, Shark Week highlights marine biology careers of all sorts. Here's a look at our favorite careers that can put you at the forefront of marine study and conservation.
Marine Biology Careers
If watching Shark Week makes you want to don a snorkel mask, hop into a boat, and study the nocturnal feeding habits of a lemon shark, you should look into become a marine biologist.
Marine biologists are the scientists who study the plants, animals and bacteria that make up the ocean's delicate and elaborate ecosystem. In addition to being familiar with other principles of oceanography, such as chemical oceanography and physical oceanography, most marine biologists focus on one specific species to study throughout their career.
What you'll need to get started:
You will need a bachelor's degree in biology, marine biology, or a related field to get started. From there, you'll also need to pursue a master's and/or a doctorate degree.
Aquatic Scientist Careers
Do you love research? Do you want to be on the brink of environmental studies that can protect and preserve our oceans, lakes, and rivers? You may want to consider a career as an aquatic scientist.
Similar to marine biologists, aquatic scientists study literally everything about the water that covers much of our planet, from the chemical make-up to the temperature at the sea floor. Oceanographers study oceans and ocean life specifically, while limnologists study inland water systems, including lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands.
Within each of these broader fields, there are specialized scientists who study different parts of our oceans, lakes and rivers. Chemical oceanographers, for example, study and monitor the chemical make-up of the ocean, while physical oceanographers observe the ocean's currents and circulation, and how that affects sea life.
What you'll need to get started:
During your undergraduate education, pursue a bachelor's degree in biology, marine biology, or a related field to get started. The next step is an advanced degree, either a master's and/or a doctorate degree, to give you the research skills you'll need to further your career.
Ever wonder who picks out and cares for those massive fish tanks in your favorite aquarium? Enter the aquarist. These professionals are responsible for collecting the fish in different exhibits, making sure they play nice with each other, feeding them, cleaning their tanks, and watching for signs of illness or injury.
What you'll need to get started:
In general, a bachelor's degree in biology, marine biology, or a related field will help you get started. By volunteering, interning or working at an aquarium, zoo or pet store, you'll gain hands-on experience that will give you an edge in the hiring process. You may also need a SCUBA certification for days when you'll enter the tank to care for and feed your charges.
Marine Mammal Trainer Careers
When you think of a marine biology career, do you think of the marine mammal trainers who swim with Shamu and the other orcas and dolphins at Sea World? If so, you're not alone. Marine mammal trainer careers at zoos, aquariums, and water parks remain some of today's most popular marine biology careers.
In addition to training the animals, marine mammal trainers are also in charge of feeding, cleaning the tanks, monitoring the animal's health, and coordinating with veterinarians and other park employees.
What you'll need to get started:
Although it's not necessary, a bachelor's degree in zoology, biology, psychology, or marine biology is a great way to start this career. You'll also need experience working with animals in a pet store, veterinarian's office, or related business. Volunteering is great way to get your foot in the door for these competitive jobs. And, if you have the time and resources, having a SCUBA certification is also highly beneficial.
Education Specialist Careers
Education specialists are like the docents of the aquarium world. They're the ones who coordinate special visits for school groups to see new exhibits, lead tours of the aquarium, and answer your questions about the suspicious-looking angler fish in the deep sea tank.
What you'll need to get started:
Many education specialists start out in another branch of the marine biology field, including working as an aquarist or helping with marine biology research projects. This means that a bachelor's degree in biology, marine biology or a related field will help you start this career path.
Ready to begin?
Find out more about the programs you'll need on this bachelor's degree page.
The best source for finding jobs in the information technology (commonly known as IT Industry) is by making use of the web (Internet).
Several sites offer lists of vacancies for specific areas. The key to successful job research is to know how and where to look for the best available jobs.
To access a site from the list, a person, needs to have his or her hands on the following information:
1. Subscribe to the website on which you are searching for the job.
2. After confirmation of the notification in your mail address (via e-mail from the moderator for the website), you may now have access to the list
3. In the search for the best suitable available jobs you will most usually be asked to fill out an online form that the will now state your personal and individual profile.
This is usually around the navigation to facilitate the work, because there are different disciplines. Other sites automatically match the profile of the individual, the jobs will be based on the information from the person.
4. The applicant has the possibility of choosing contractual, full time, part time, internships or temporary jobs category.
To avoid the frustration, when you search for jobs on many IT openings on the Internet, consider the following information:
1. Get yourself well organised:
Organize your career portfolio in soft copies as well as and hard copies. While most employers ask for a copy of your resume through the Internet (e-mail), there are some who still need hard copies of your resume in their respective offices.
Determine your best place of work. If you are ready to change your current location, then you can opt for jobs an a location of your choice.
2. Wage :
It is always understandable that you will not be the one to determine how much you will be paid, but you need to have a salary range of what you expect to be paid in the job you are applying for.
3. Classification of the above is based on your own personal priority.
4. Search the Internet for various locations in the list of IT jobs.
5. Register on a number of job listing websites for a wider access to various job lists.
6. Please, always ensure that you send your CV on the basis of the above pre-determined priorities.
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Do you want to change your job but don't know the right way to go about it? Are you vacillating between waiting for your dream job or accepting the first one that comes your way? Or are you a fresher falling in line with what your parents wish you to be rather than what you wish to be? If this is the kind of situation you find yourself in, then the next few minutes will help you get a clearer picture. Here is our bowl of chicken soup for the job seeker's soul. Read on...
Searching for a job today is almost a job in itself because you are spending so much of your time and effort on it. Enthusiasm, excitement, anxiety, frustration and depression-all these are phases one encounters during a job search. The key point is to take this phase positively and persevere till you get that pot of gold at the end of your job search rainbow- your dream job. In today's cut-throat working environment, looking for a job is not just about working hard but about working Smart.
So to stay ahead of the herd, here are a few tips from the team of Naukri.com, India's No.1 Job portal-
1) Set your priorities right -Don't take a decision by simply imitating your friends, batch mates or depending on word of mouth. Be aware of what is really important to you and what is not, because once your priorities are set, things will automatically start falling into their place.
2) Resume writing - Employers are busy people and they hardly spend more than 30-45 seconds on a resume when they have 500 more to scan through. They are not interested in your entire history as they just want to know what you are best at. So, make your resume to the point and clearly showcase your key skills. In fact some recruiters prefer only single page resumes.
Try out the Resume Services provided by our counselors at Naukri.com.
3) Self-marketing is the key - When you are applying for jobs you are actually selling yourself. So, sound confident, positive and persuasive during an interview, but DO NOT exaggerate about your accomplishments.
4) Knowledge of your field - It is very important to know your field thoroughly. Brush up your knowledge on the who's who of the field, current trends, the competition, the dos and the don'ts and so on. Keep yourself abreast with the latest developments by keeping your eyes and ears open.
5) Tools of Job search - you could begin your job search by scanning newspaper classifieds, talking to job consultants and logging on to premier job websites. Be regular in your search, spend ample time on it and follow-up with the companies where you have applied.
For an internet job search and for Jobs in India you can log on to http://www.naukri.com and check out the vacancies available in your field of specialization.
6) Networking - It pays to know people in high places. Or in a job seeker's world "people in the right place". Networking is an important tool that can help you immensely during the job search. Track friends or contacts in the organization you want to be in, talk to them, and they might be able to open new doors for your dream job.
7) Have patience - 'Patience is a virtue'. Being desperate and anxious does not help much, rather it may spoil your job search. If it's your first step towards your career then think before taking each step. Don't feel inferior just because you are a fresher, after all you will be spending time, energy and intelligence on the firm that will hire you. Don't forget the fact that other employees cannot match the energy level of a fresher.
If you are already working somewhere then don't leave the job just because you are not happy. You're marketable because you are already working with a firm and have added work experience and value to your resume. So, wait for a while.
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The traffic growth on this website is 20-25 percent every quarter and it is today, the Number 1 Job Portal on traffic rank as per Alexa. So far it has a database of 4.5 million resumes and gets 8500-10000 registrations daily.