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what is the one thing you wish you could accomplish?

Everyone has that one dream they wish to accomplish. However, when faced with uncertainty & doubt, we tend to give up & take the “safer path”. As a result, our dreams go unfulfilled. If you could accomplish anything in your life, as crazy or ridiculous as it may seem, what would it be? #sucess #dreams #career #college


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Kim’s Answer

My dream has always been to travel! To take the time to go to the American Revolutionary sites, Canada, Alaska, to take long train rides, travel by steamboat down the Mississippi, etc and then do Europe. But I have things that hold me back, such as caring for my elderly parents, not wanting to leave my dog behind for any length of time (and he's too unruly to take with me!), my own health issues, etc. So, since I am retired, I think the next best thing will be to take virtual vacations! I haven't started working on it yet, but I intend to!


Zip-lining is also on that list, and I WILL get around to doing that!!


I encourage you to take risks while you are young! As you get older, you are generally less likely to do so because of various responsibilities. You have all your life to be "an adult." It's over-rated. Enjoy the transition period, especially the ages of 18-23. Don't do anything that will ruin you for life (criminal activity), but do have fun and enjoy life!


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Ken’s Answer

The one thing that I would like to accomplish is to provide helpful career information which will help people like you to make the best contribution to society by identifying and developing and applying your personality traits to appropriate career areas. Too many people do not take the time and effort to go through this process and end up in careers that do not allow them to use their skills, abilities, aptitudes and interests to align themselves with the proper career.


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 ##

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Virginia’s Answer

I’ve always wanted to work for Disney, but I also didn’t really know what I wanted while in college. I needed some time, and gone through several jobs, to really fine tune what I wanted to do as my career. I’ve joined the Disney family later than I hoped, but I don’t regret the experience I’ve had while getting here!

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