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What made you decide to pursue your career or studies?

  1. hmclio profile image81
    hmclioposted 5 years ago

    What made you decide to pursue your career or studies?

    Lots of choices and situations are factored into our decisions to do what we do. I study history and literature because I've always been an avid reader, and loved historical and mythological stories. A literature professor encouraged me to study history, and my love for books got me my start in the public library system. What made you decide to do whatever it is you do?

  2. Paul Kuehn profile image94
    Paul Kuehnposted 5 years ago

    I have had a passion for languages, especially Chinese, since studying it while in the Navy, and then using it while serving on Taiwan in the late 60s.  This passion in languages led to a career as a translator for the federal government for many years.

    1. Manwithaplan profile image75
      Manwithaplanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have always wanted to learn other languages.  I am learning Spanish right.  Chinese always intrigued me.  That is great to hear that you are doing what you love and make good money doing it.

    2. hmclio profile image81
      hmclioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's interesting! It seems like you found what you liked and went for it. I love learning languages too but use it more for my field of history than as a speaker. Good answer, thanks very much!

  3. Manwithaplan profile image75
    Manwithaplanposted 5 years ago

    The main reason was something very substantial - money.  The one thing that people need is job security and a fair amount of income to provide for their family.  At first I was going into marketing and then changed to management because where I am located not many marketing jobs are available.  Management was too broad and I could be a manager almost anywhere but not really be happy. 

    I took a career quiz just to see what it would say.  I was surprised at all of the options but one career stuck out the most.  Physical Therapist - I have some friends that are in occupational therapy and make good money.  The time it took to get the degree was short.  I looked at the job needs as well and all of the country it is in demand.  Plus I looked at what I would be doing and knew I would enjoy it. Does this answer your question?

    1. hmclio profile image81
      hmclioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Money is always a driving factor and should be considered when picking careers and degrees. It's interesting that you got the idea through a career quiz. It led you to something that you could make money doing and still enjoy it! Good answer, thanks!

  4. cherryseeds profile image61
    cherryseedsposted 5 years ago

    after going through the answers I realized that there is much to do with the environment you live in. I personally pursued sciences because in my country science students were more likely to receive a government scholarship to study university. That's how i entered it, no way of focusing on interest or passion

    1. Manwithaplan profile image75
      Manwithaplanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I can understand that.  In a way that is similar due to the demand of jobs.  Sometimes you have to go with a job that will support you and your family.  I wish you luck in your education.

    2. cherryseeds profile image61
      cherryseedsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, of course when there is a hot field in your place that increases the likelihood of securing a job there is a high tendency of students to follow it but when they increase in number it increases competition as well

    3. hmclio profile image81
      hmclioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is a good thing to take into consideration; what jobs are greatly needed in the area you live. That ensures a steady income as long as there is a need for that job. Great answer!

  5. jaiserabbas profile image60
    jaiserabbasposted 5 years ago

    after education completion, its hell difficult to decide about career. it cause because mostly people studying with their passion & after they fail to get desire job in relevant field so mostly they changed their particular field & they stuck at middle career. i must say do what you feel better. Don't follow Dollars at early age, you need to explore your expertise.

    1. hmclio profile image81
      hmclioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately that is a problem with lots of students. They study what they dream of doing and get discouraged early on. This makes them either change their major or go back to school. That's good advice! Good answer, thank you!

  6. uNicQue profile image81
    uNicQueposted 5 years ago

    As an English major, I frequently get the questions like "What can you even do with that?" and "If you don't want to teach, what else can you do in that field?". These questions use to bother me a lot, because at first, I really didn't know how to answer. I'm graduating with my BA in two days, and I am continuing my education in English in graduate school, and I could not be happier with my decision. I chose to be an English major simply because I love to read and write, and I stuck with it because English crosses over into so many other subjects, like history and philosophy which I also love. In terms of finding a career in this field, I've been learning a lot about what types of opportunities I have, and the list is so much longer than I would have imagined as a freshman in college. Careers in Publishing, Magazines, Newspapers (mostly online now), Advertising, Marketing and PR all require strong writing and speaking skills, both of which I have gained through being an English major.

    1. hmclio profile image81
      hmclioposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      As a History major, I often get asked the exact same questions. At the present time, I work in a public library and consider that a baby step to what I eventually want to do. I'm glad you can find plenty of choices for what you really want to do!

 
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