Sure Bets (Well,
Pretty Sure Bets) For Careers
Today's Snack: Today's topic is about bread and butter careers. So
for your after-school nourishment, why not have . . . bread and butter? Go for
the healthiest whole-grain bread you can find, maybe splurging on a specialty
loaf from a bakery. For health reasons, go light on the butter or margarine -
just a teaspoon per slice of bread should do you nicely. Most people glob on a
tablespoon or more, but that's getting too buttered up and your cholesterol
count won't like it.
Blackboard and chalk
probably wouldn't have been the smartest move in the world to train to be a
typewriter repairperson in the 1980s. The computer revolution came along and
made typewriters obsolete. If fixing typewriters was all you knew how to do,
you'd be out of a job. Everybody was dumping their typewriters and buying
computers instead. No one would need your services any more. THEN what?
Of course, you shouldn't choose a career just because you
think there'll always be a need for it. Sure, we'll ALWAYS need morticians -
but if that isn't right for you, no one's saying you should pick it just for
the job security. That would be a . . . dead end.
a career is no time to be overly timid or fraidy cat. But on the other hand, it
would be foolish to go wild and train for something really obscure just because
you think it'd be cool - like being a camel caregiver in Hawaii or something
weird like that.
COURSE you should pick something to be educated in that you really love and
that you think you can earn a nice living and be fulfilled, while doing it. But
it's also smart to be smart.
of the smartest things you can do is think through which career fields are
pretty unlikely to be suddenly made obsolete. You also want to find an area in
which, if the economy takes a downturn, your job won't be among the first to
Think about the world around you, and the world you think
there'll be in 20 or 30 years. Now make a list of 10 occupations that you're
pretty sure are pretty likely to still be solid career choices in that time.
Do you have your list?
OK, here's a list of 10 reliable occupations, collected
from career gurus who know what they're talking about - at least, for the
moment. That's not to say some huge change might come tomorrow that would
negate these. But probably not; there are probably pretty stable choices.
Compare with your list of "old standbys":
Education (especially in the South and Southwestern
Software team development
How did your list compare? Give yourself a lot of credit
if you figured out three or more of these, or came pretty close. That shows
that you're thinking ahead - a crucial skill in career selection and
development. Supply and demand, Baby - that's what it's all about.
Even if you end up with a career direction that's 'way,
'way off the beaten path, it's always good to know what the tried-and-true
careers might be, just in case you change your mind.