Careers Vs Jobs


What Career is Best For Me Guaranteed?


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A job is a particular role or function that a person fulfils within a legitimate business or company. Then this person known as an employee or worker will be paid at specific times during each month. 


To find job opportunities, we have to understand our general role, as an employee in a business or company. It is also necessary for us to understand, the importance of our particular role or job position, in the overall success of the firm.



Understanding What A Career Is


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A career is a particular job area or path that you have chosen to do because it interests you. Therefore if you are wondering what is the best career for me, the most important thing is to pick a career that interests you first and foremost.


Therefore, your job life will coincide with that particular career altogether.


For example, if you want to cook professionally, you may start that educational path in high school. Then when you leave high school, you have decided to go to classes to get specific qualifications needed to become a cook.


Various jobs that you will apply for, and get, will be in direct line with your career choice. So you way start working washing dishes, cups and utensils in a little eatery first. Then as time goes on, you may work to prep the food to be cooked.


Then at the right time, when you have mastered the food basics, you will start the cooking process. Then, through further education and practical experience, you may be promoted to different levels, until you have successfully reached your goal of becoming a professional cook.  



The Difference Between Jobs And Careers


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The term ‘job’ commonly describes any work that persons gets paid to do. You don’t have to like the job or work you do. You just have to get paid for doing a set of tasks, whether temporarily or permanently.


Having a ‘career’ though is seen as being completely different. A career implies that the job or work you are doing now is one that you have deliberately chosen because it fits directly into your future work plans and goals. 



 Finding The Right Career


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(1) Write down a list of jobs or careers that interest you. For example Nursing, Teaching, Banking, and Archaeology.


(2) Then, write down a list of skills you already have, both soft and hard skills. 


(3) The third thing to do is to connect jobs that interest you, with skills you already have. If you are interested in teaching, a great skill you may have is, your ability to be patient with others. 


(4) Then the final action to take is to attend classes to improve on, as well as learn new skills, needed for a particular career. 



Skills For Specific Careers


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It is important to know the skills needed specifically for your career path. Therefore doing extensive personal research is crucial.



Why It Is Essential To Get Career Counseling Early 


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It is important to get both academic and career counselling as soon as one starts attending high school.


One may not know what career to pursue at that point, but it is important to identify the most important subjects that you need to do in high school.


The subjects that you do in high school should be in line with one’s career choice or interests.




Job And Career Counselling


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Both academic and career counselling is available in high schools, colleges, and at the workplace.


There are also businesses, which offer these services, to help persons needing academic and career counselling.


Getting professional advice will help you to know the right path to take based on your interests and skills, and will also prevent serious career problems in the future.


According to a news article in TheHindu:


…Today, many counselling centers offer services in four broad areas — aptitude and psychometric testing, career consultations, higher-education consultations and entrance examination tutoring (for GRE, GMAT, SAT, etc.).


Career Counselling Anyone?



The University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A) explains:


Academic counseling can help students determine how to fulfill requirements, create degree objectives, or decide on a major. New students should get academic counseling before they enroll in classes.





Additionally, the University Of Connecticut (U.Conn) states:


Career Counseling consists of one-on-one sessions with a career consultant during which students receive advice on a variety of topics including choosing a major, searching for a job, and everything in between.


Students interested in meeting one-on-one with a career consultant begin by stopping by the office for a 15 minute walk-in session. Based on the outcome of this first meeting, arrangements for more in-depth follow-up meetings can be made.



Career Counselling



CareerFolk, a career coaching business explains:


Comprehensive Career Assessment – In order to move forward, you must take a few steps back and reflect on who you are now and determine where you want to go. This includes an in-depth analysis of personality style, key interests, values and strengths.


CareerFolk Services



 Aptitude Testing


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According to Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, an aptitude test:


is a standardized test designed to predict an individual’s ability to learn certain skills



 Psychometric Tests


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The Australian Psychometric Institute states that:


Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals’ mental capabilities and behavioural style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates’ suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities).


They identify the extent to which candidates’ personality and cognitive abilities match those required to perform the role. Employers use the information collected from the psychometric test to identify the hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview.




Career Consultations


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Career Consultation is described by Professor Chadwick Royal, on the National Career Development Association website:



as the provision of advice or expert opinions that assists with accomplishing tasks…resume writing … cover letter writing, teaching job interview strategies, teaching networking strategies, teaching/training regarding a variety of skills the service provided is a one way exchange of information rather than a two way exchange



Higher Education Consultations


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Durham University explains one to one college consultations within the English Language Centre in the following way


You (students) can request a consultation to discuss any of the following:


  • academic writing- planning an assignment, using sources effectively, critical approach, depth of analysis, text structure, argumentation


  • grammar and vocabulary


  • academic reading strategies


  • listening to lectures and other listening


  • speaking and pronunciation


  • presentation skills



Entrance Examination Tutoring


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Entrance Examination Tutors help to prepare primary or prep school students, as well as high school students, for critical tests, that determines where one continues their education.


The Telegraph in a 2016 news article stated:


It’s no surprise that the market for personal tutors is growing, as competition for places at the top independent and grammar schools increases.

Responding to this demand, agencies and private tutors have flooded the market; promising to give children the best chances of passing the 11-plus entrance exam.



Have you received academic and career counselling? Feel free to leave answers in the comment section below.



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