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Managing Your Own Career: Career Options

Magazine article Management Services

Managing Your Own Career: Career Options

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There are some lucky people who have a clear idea of what they want to do with their lives and have the ability to do it. For the rest of us it is much harder; we have to make choices often based on imperfect information. The major influence on our ambitions is our upbringing which shapes our lives. There are some parents, particularly those in the professions, who have very clear views of how their child should earn his or her living. The trouble is that this is based upon their own experience, their personality, their abilities and events which took place perhaps 25 years before the child starts work.

Parental guidance is always strong and remains an influence long after we start to earn our own living. The impact of major events in the past can still be seen in the imperatives that many of us carry into our career decisions, they are there because our parents experienced them. As good parents they passed them on to us as a universal truth, "Go for security in a job" "Get a trade" "Become a professional" etc. I don't see that they are all still true today and I wonder how many of us, who are parents of teenagers, are doing the same thing? How much will our experience be relevant for the next generation?

In such changing times how do we recognise our own career options? Well, the quality of career advice at many levels has improved a great deal in the last 10 years but few of us in work have the incentive to seek such advice, and when redundancy comes we are too pressured to get any job to take an objective view. …

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