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What part of your job do you love the most?

Asked San Jose, California

I am an incoming freshman (Undeclared) with interests in Civil Engineering, Environmental Policy, Biostatistics, Data Science, Sociology, Public Health, Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Network Administration, and Financial Analyst & Planning. I am exploring different career possibilities so I would like to get a peek into everyone's daily life. Any highlights in these careers? Is job prospect and salary important (of course happiness is my #1 priority though)

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

The most important thing that you can do is to find out what you might love best about a job in a specific career aera and factor that into planning for your career. Here are some steps that have helped many to make such a decision:

  • get to know yourself to see how your personality traits might match with career areas to see how they match with successful people in those areas
  • pursue face to face interpersonal networking opportunities with people in those career areas to determine if you are making a decision that will allow you to become involved in a situation that you will find to be comfortable and satisfying and productive for you.

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
  • Here are some sites that will allow you to learn about the vast opportunities available within the area of engineering: ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ ## ## http://www.futureengineers.org/ ## ## https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM ## ## http://stemtosteam.org/ ## ## https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/undergraduate-students/engineering-still-needs-more-women ##

Precious’s Answer

Updated

I love helping people. Customer service is what I do. I work withtwo companys doing research and own two others one is Finance where I educate people who needs to get out of debt and needs to be financial free. Then I’m a Art Agent where I help Artist fine places to display their art. The other company is called Genus is Common where you do a video telling about yourself and what your Genus is so other like yourself would know you are already a Genus. I tell people about it. So you see everything I do is Customer Service.

Vanessa’s Answer

Updated

I work in Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response. What I like most about my job is that when a bad disaster strikes, I know that all my hard work, getting my community ready, means that more people will be safe. The disaster will feel more like a bump in the road instead of head on collision.

Pavol’s Answer

Updated Bratislava, Slovakia

from my experience I would tell you to focus on getting the experience and developing your skills first. If possible for first couple of years focus on the jobs rather than salary. Every single job will teach you something. Then once you understand what works and what not for you start to build your career. And what do I love the most? When my peers are happy and satisfied with my work and that it helps to make their professional lives easier.

Alejandra’s Answer

Updated Mexico City, Mexico

Hi Caitlin,

I am a people manager at Cisco Systems. What I enjoy the most is to have the opportunity to listen to my team and coach them or give them advise on what excites or worries them.

Best,

David’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

Hi Caitlin,

I also entered college as undeclared (once upon a time). I also ended up in a field separate from my undergraduate degree after having gone through unrelated jobs - restaurant business, youth counseling, paralegal work, and finally corporate (data & business sides).

Job prospects and salaries are important for several factors. Some jobs are only available in certain locations. You may either need to relocate to find a job in your career. You also need to consider your standard of living and expenses for both what you want to do in life as well as where you want to live. The Bay Area is an expensive place to live and would require a higher salary than for example, the mid-west. You can run searches but here is one article on housing costs: https://www.rd.com/advice/average-house-costs-in-each-state/

Your personality will also play a factor in your career. Are you happy working alone or as part of a team? Do you need to interact with folks every day? Are you comfortable with travel? How well do you do with unexpected change? I prefer to have future plans laid out in detail but the nature of my work requires me to be flexible as leaders change business priorities.

When I worked in mental health as a youth counselor, it was personally rewarding when you were able to connect with one of the youths or see them take steps to improve themselves. My particular location had some physical risk though as they could and sometimes did become violent.

I have been with my current company for 10+ years. I have been incredibly lucky to have been exposed to different aspects of the business, having worked in such areas as Operations, Marketing, and most recently Customer Experience. Right now I can both work remotely or go on-site. This gives me flexibility to spend time with my children but also go into the main offices to collaborate in person. Along with this, I enjoy designing business and data processes. How do I meet today's needs while setting up my organization (and company) for future success.

David recommends the following next steps:

  • Determine your personality type. Do you need to plan in detail or tend to roll with the punches? Do you like to collaborate as part of a team or work as an individual contributor?
  • Research job prospects for your interest areas. Are there job opportunities or are the markets oversaturated? What is the salary range and education requirements? Do you need additional education? Is the salary enough to support you more than living paycheck to paycheck?
  • Search for volunteer opportunities. Hands-on experience is a great way to learn what you truly enjoy (or what you absolutely hate).