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Your Dream Job – Maybe An Associates Degree Will Make It Happen

By Linda Jensen

It takes most people a long time to decide what they want to do with their lives.

When someone just graduates from high school, they rarely know for sure what it is they want to do with their life. Taking stock of one’s personality, strong points, weak points, likes and dislikes can often help in narrowing down the career possibilities for you. Getting the advice of others — friends, family members and career counselors — can also help.

There are four basic steps towards choosing a career. The first step is a critical assessment of your values, interests, strengths and weaknesses. Your skills, strengths and weaknesses are important in choosing an appropriate career. Ask yourself about what type of working environment is your personality best suited for, and what are your developmental needs?

The second thing you should do is get a list of all the potential occupations and compare your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes with each of them. Try to find a few good matches. Take into consideration the job duties you would be doing every day. Think about how you would feel waking up five days a week, knowing that you had to go to work at that job. Seriously picture yourself at the job.

The third step is taking action and preparing for your career. This involves getting the training, skills and certifications necessary in order to get that job that you want. This will include enrolling in formal education at a university, technical institute or community college, or maybe becoming an apprentice in a trade job. Many young people find that earning a one or two-year associate degree from a local community college is a good option. A good community college can be inexpensive choice to get the formal education you need.

Once you have acquired the preparation and formal training, your fourth step is to develop a strategy for getting your first job in that desired field. You will start with writing the best resume you can which describes your abilities, work and personal history. You will also compose a great cover letter to introduce yourself.

Most positions are filled by networking and knowing someone who can introduce you to the person or persons who will be making the hiring decision. It may not sound fair, but that is the truth. Be sure to be totally prepared for the interview process, because you will only have one chance to make a good impression. Anticipate the questions and rehearse the answers beforehand.

One day, you will have that great job that you worked so hard to get. And, hopefully, you will also like your job once you get it. But just because you have your job, you can’t just relax. You should constantly be moving forward, learning new processes, taking more classes and taking the initiative to become more and more valuable to your company. Try to become an employee that your company can’t do without.

Find out more about an online associates degree, including paralegal associate degrees for getting prepared for a career as a paralegal.

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