Picking right career is like picking a right husband among millions – Noelyn Temasi

Career is a life time partner I ever thinking about in my whole life, because factors considered for the carrier are factors that are reflecting myself. If I fail to ask right and valid questions relating to my future carrier then, I may off track which result in facing consequences in future, it is like picking a wrong partner would be like eating hot chilli in the end which I would be regretting it all, therefore question ask must be related to the type of carrier expected. So some information are needed in developing when thinking of picking a right carrier is asking questions about myself. There a thousand of questions flowing through my mind in searching for a right carrier,  however in acquiring a job there a few important behaviour are needed to ask, and these questions are fold in 4 aspects, they are personal information questions, interpersonal information skill questions, sufficient knowledge information and education information.

Personal information questions are inquiries about my personal information and asking personal information is important to an organisation. In organisation people are working together for a particular purpose, so my personal information is important towards securing a right carrier. An example of personal question information is ‘What is my strength and weaknesses?’ in asking these personal questions it help me to know all about the positive and the negative about me. So, picking a right carrier is based on my personal information.

Interpersonal Skill information are questions inquiries about my abilities and abilities are capacities of capabilities of what I can perform for example, do I have the skill in performing the carrier? Is my skill right for the particular carrier? In asking these questions and answering these, they guided me to pick a right carrier based on my skill information.

Knowledge information questions are questions inquiries about my knowledge and understanding about a carrier. In gaining general knowledge about a particular subject I may ask myself is, ‘Do I have enough knowledge or relevant knowledge relates to the carrier? In asking these questions and answer, it helps me to pick a right carrier based on my knowledge and understanding information about the carrier.

Education back ground information is another important aspect about picking a right carrier. The information is about my education level. What qualification in education do I attained. Does my qualification qualify me enough to take up the carrier? In asking and answering these questions it help me to choose a right carrier based on my qualifications.

In making right decisions to what carrier is best for me I ask right questions relating to behaviour of each aspect as well as answering all questions appropriately accordingly to my understanding and my choice.

Finally the essay concludes that in deciding what carrier is right for me, I must ask myself some important questions that are relates to my future carrier and the first question of information I ask is based on my personal information, followed is my interpersonal skills information questions, then asking myself question relates to my knowledge skill information and finally with my educational information qualification questions.

All the best!




Nicole Bellairs

To me a career is a particular path one selects to follow regarding employment in order to make a living in order to support yourself and / or a family.  Because we spend so much time and energy at work it is important to choose a career path that you will enjoy pursuing.

When I decided what career to pursue I looked at numerous factors.  I realised that to enjoy my career l had to look at myself first and then find something to pursue that matched me in order to enjoy working in my chosen career.  I also knew that in order to make a choice I needed to gather as much information as I possibly could.

Most importantly I looked at my interests and personality.  When I made my career choice there was no Internet.  I spent time at a career testing centre where I completed a series of tests designed to find out about my interests and my personality.  Today, with the help of the Internet it is easy and quick to do such tests at home.  The results of the various tests showed that a career in commerce would suit my personality and interests.  I knew the test results were accurate because my school results for Accounting, Economics and Business Studies were very high.

I also looked at the type of environment in which I wanted to work. In the commercial world there are various working environments.  I wanted to work mainly in an office, but I also wanted to be able to get out of the office to see people and help them satisfy their needs.  I wanted to be able to gather information about products and what people buy and why, because this fascinated me.

I then considered various career options available which suited this profile.  Here again I needed information.  I read a lot of literature on various careers and I talked to people who worked in business to find out about working conditions in the real world. I concluded that a career in Marketing or Purchasing would be good to pursue.

With all of this information in mind I considered what training is needed in order to successfully work in various career options.  In South Africa there are various Certificate, Diploma and Degree course that one can take in order to prepare for a career in Marketing or Purchasing. In the end I decided to study for a B.Com degree.  Some subjects were compulsory.  That was fine because their purpose is to give you a general theoretical and practical knowledge of how the various components of the commercial system work individually and as an interwoven unit.  Any person working in commerce should know and understand how the system operates in order to be successful at work.  I chose Economics and Business Economics as my major subjects.  The module choices available within these major subjects included issues related to Purchasing and Marketing which suited me just fine.

After graduating from university I started working in my career.  Over the years I have used the knowledge that I learned in my B.Com degree studies in many ways.  I have been involved in Purchasing as well as Marketing.  I have had many interesting experiences and jobs over the years. Most of all I have no regrets. Looking back I am glad that I took the time and made the effort to find out about myself and available careers to suit my needs before wasting time and energy pursuing unsuitable paths.





Navrin Pitaktongwattana

Due to the number of choices available, deciding what to wear or what to eat is no longer as easy as it used to be. Now, if such simple things could be so complicated, deciding what to do for the rest of your life is definitely going to be much more so.

Regardless, it was not difficult for me to choose my major. I had been taking business courses since high school and continuing to do that in university was the obvious choice. I had a slightly difficult time choosing what to major in but eventually I ended up majoring in Finance and minoring in Accounting. It was interesting and I met a lot of unique people. I was happy and hopeful. But things went downhill after I graduated.

I was unemployed but I had plans to rectify that by taking the CFA exam(Finance certificate). I was counting on that to help launch me beautifully into the world of Finance. However, shortly after, I started having health problems. My hips were hurting so much, I could barely sit. I went to the doctor and was told that there was a problem with my muscles because I gained weight. Luckily,it wasn’t something that couldn’t be fixed. I had to exercise and reduce a few pounds to become healthier. After doing rehabilitation, I felt better and even though I was planning to take the CFA and knew I had to work hard for it, I still felt bored and got myself a job.

It was an accounting job. My friend introduced me to the company. I was only planning on staying till I passed the CFA. I was free for the first month and spent my time studying for the CFA. Work started coming in the second month but because I wasn’t serious about the job in the first place, I did not do well. My work was sloppy and messy. My supervisor was very unsatisfied and I had to redo my work over and over again. On top of that, I had to exercise and frequently get up to stretch or my muscles would start aching, leaving me in pain.

Soon enough, the day of the exam came. I did not do well as I had too many things on my plate but I hoped that I would make it. A few days after the exam, I was called out by my supervisor and was told that my services would no longer be required. I stayed for a few more days and during those days my result came out. It was not what I was hoping for.

I was fired and failed what I thought would help kickstart my career. I was miserable and began looking for jobs. All I got were calls for accounting jobs and that made the situation worse. Eventually, I accepted a job for the position of accounting analyst.

This time I worked really hard. I concentrated and made sure my work was presentable. I passed probation and was proud of myself.

But before long, I began wanting to do something else. The work is interesting, however, it isn’t what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am merely helping the company become more efficient. There is not enough meaning in that. In addition, with my health problems, I know that sitting in the office from 9am to 6pm for another 20 years or so would do me more harm than good.

Hence, I began searching again. I looked at what I might be interested in. What might be a stable and prestigious job that I would like.

I couldn’t find one.

Inspired by buddhism, I changed the way I looked at things. I stopped finding answers from the outside and began looking from within. I focused on my capabilities,values,core beliefs and desires.

It hit me then. The only thing that would make me feel complete is working to help someone else. I want to guide people in dealing with life. I wish to listen and assist them in finding ways to enrich their life.

I know that technologies would keep advancing. Amazing attractions and buildings would keep being built. Medicines never heard of would be produced in the future. But people? People would be the same. Fear,anger,anxiety,worry,sadness,joy and other emotions would forever be a part of a person’s life and there is nothing that would change that. It is timeless.

The next question then presented itself automatically: Who helps people deal with these feelings? A teacher, a therapist, a psychologist and so on. So isn’t this what I should be studying to achieve my objective? Yes indeed.

But I began doubting myself. What if I can’t do it? I studied finance and look at where I am. What if after spending more years studying and I still end up being unemployed? Self doubt eats at my heart and gnaws at my soul. I am too afraid to take the next step.

After engrossing over this, it suddenly occurred to me that there is nothing that would guarantee anything. Life is unpredictable and there are no certainties. It’s just how it is. You must take that leap of faith and believe in yourself. Find who you are. It may take time but it is never too late.

Right now I am yet in the middle of deciding what to do. I do not know what the future holds but I intend to make that jump.

I hope you would too.

Mollie Weitzman

Throughout my whole life, I knew I wanted, needed, to go to college. College is a place that I feel a student can not only find herself but also find her place in the world. Education is necessary for me to succeed and become who I am meant to be. I plan to attend a four-year university and am very open to the possibility of graduate school. After hard contemplation, I have decided to focus on the major of environmental science and may explore environmental justice. I have always been very interested in conservation and learning about the science involved in making the world a better place or at least keeping it from becoming toxic.

I am also really interested in music and theatre arts.  It was a hard decision to move towards science and away from these other passions.  If possible, I would like to use my vocal and theatrical abilities to further the cause of environmentalism.  I know this is an ambitious goal, but I am a really ambitious person.

After I finish college and graduate school, I really want to start working immediately. With a job and a life I am happy with, everything else will fall into place. I think it is so exciting that I may find myself in a field studying, or maybe even a courtroom fighting for the environment I am so proud to call my own. I didn’t realize how passionate I was about the environment until I started going to Nature Camp every summer and realized just how important it is to keep our earth safe and sustainable. At Nature Camp, I studied limnology, mycology, nature writing, herpetology, and arthropodology. Now, I want to build on that learning as much as I can and share my knowledge with others.

When I am finally finished with school and working, I know that I will feel amazing to know that I am making a difference. This world is not just my home, but home to seven billion people and an infinite number of animals, plants, and organisms I’ve never ever heard of. I believe that my job should be fulfilling to myself. I want to come home proud of what I do every day, and education is the very first step.

I could see myself possibly attending law school someday, so that I would have additional tools to fight for the future of our planet. I also want to make sure that poor people and people in third world countries do not suffer unduly because of climate change.  It’s certainly easier as a middle-class American—in my climate controlled home and with my fuel efficient car—to get along in the world.  I know that is not the case for everyone, and either with a focus on the environment or on the people who are victims of it, I want to fight for change.

The One That Changed Everything – Laura White

 1983, I was traveling with a tiny theater company doing vaudeville-type shows in community centers and bars—anywhere we could earn $25 each plus enough gas money to get to the next small town in our ramshackle yellow bus.

As we passed through Bozeman, Montana, in early February, a heavy snow slowed us down. The radio crackled warnings about black ice and poor visibility, so we opted to impose on friends who were doing a production of Fiddler on the Roofat Montana State University. See a show, hit a few bars, sleep on a sofa: This is as close to prudence as it gets when you’re an itinerant 20-something troubadour.

After the show, well-wishers and stagehands milled behind the curtain. I hugged my coat around me, humming that “If I Were a Rich Man” riff from the show, aching for sunrise and sunset, missing my sisters. What a wonderful show that was—and is.

A heavy metal door swung open, allowing in a blast of frigid air, and clanged shut behind two men who stomped snow from their boots. One was big and bearlike in an Irish wool sweater and gaiters; the other was as tall and skinny as a chimney sweep in a peacoat.

“… but I’m just saying, it would be nice to see some serious theater,” one of them said. “Chekhov, Ibsen, anything but this musical comedy shtick.”

“Excuse me?” I huffed, hackles raised. “Anyone who doesn’t think comedy is an art form certainly hasn’t read much Shakespeare, have they?”

I informed them that I was a “professional shtick trees” and went on to deliver a tart, pedantic lecture on the French neoclassics, the cultural impact of Punch and Judy as an I Love Lucy Prototype, and the importance of Fiddler on the Roofas both artistic and oral history. The shrill diatribe left a puff of frozen breath in the air. I felt my snootiness showing like a stray bra strap as the sweep in the peacoat rolled his eyes and walked away.

The bear stood there for a moment, an easy smile in his brown eyes. Then he put his arms around me and whispered in my ear, “I love you.”

I took in a deep, startled breath—winter, Irish wool, coffee, and fresh-baked bread—and then pushed away with a jittery half-joke. Something like, “Watch it. I have pepper spray.” “OK,” he said with a broad baritone laugh. “Come for a walk, then. It’ll be nice.” I shook my head. Alarm and skepticism warred with spreading, unsteady warmth behind my collarbone. “Walking around in the freezing dark with a total stranger is not nice,” I said. I tipped a glance to the well-worn gaiters. “Planning to do some cross-country skiing?”

“Riding my bike,” he said, and then added without apology, “I’m between vehicles.”

He held the heavy door open expectantly. I moved the pepper spray from my purse to my coat pocket and followed my heart out under the clear, cold stars. “What are you reading?” I asked, because that question always opens doors of its own. I was in the habit of asking the nuns at the bus stop, a barber who paid me to scrub the floor once a week, elderly ladies and children at the park. To this day, I ask people who sit beside me on airplanes, baristas at Starbucks, exchange students standing in line with me. Over the years, “What are you reading?” has introduced me to many of my favorite books and favorite people.

The bear had a good answer: “Chesapeake. Have you read it?”

“No, but I love James Michener,” I said. “When I was 12, I fell in love with Hawaiiand vowed that if I ever had a daughter, I’d name her Jerusha after the heroine.”

“Big book for a 12-year-old.”

“We didn’t have a TV. And I was a dork.”

He laughed that broad baritone laugh again. “Literature: last refuge of the tragically uncool.”

“Same could be said of bicycling in your ski gaiters.”

The conversation ranged organically from books and theater to politics and our personal histories.

Having embraced the life of an artsy party girl, I was the black sheep of my conservative Midwestern family, thoroughly enjoying my freedom and a steady diet of wild oats. He’d spent a dysfunctional childhood on the East Coast. A troubled path of drug and alcohol abuse had brought him to one of those legendary moments of clarity at which he made a hard right turn to an almost monkish existence in a tiny mountain cabin. He’d built an ascetic life that was solitary but substantive, baking bread at a local restaurant, splitting wood for his heating stove, staying out of trouble.

“That probably sounds pretty dull to you,” he said.

“Agonizingly dull, but don’t worry,” I said, and then patted his arm. “Maybe someday you’ll remember how to have fun.”

He shrugged. “Maybe someday you’ll forget.”

We talked about the things people tend to avoid when they’re trying to make a good impression: hopes subverted by mistakes, relationships sabotaged by shortcomings. My bus was leaving in the morning, and we would never see each other again, so there was no need to posture.

Fingers and chins numb with cold, we found refuge in a Four B’s Restaurant and sat across from each other in a red vinyl booth. We had enough money between us for a short stack of buckwheat pancakes. A few morning papers were delivered to the front door, and we worked our way through the crossword puzzle, coffee cups between our hands.

The sun came up, and we emerged from Four B’s to discover a warm chinook blowing in. Already the eaves were weeping, icicles thinning on trees and telephone wires. This is what Montana does in midwinter: clears off and gets bitter cold, and then suddenly it’s as warm and exhilarating as Easter morning. Don’t believe it for a minute, you tell yourself as the streets turn into trout streams, but the sheer pleasure of the feeling makes a fool of you. You forget your scarf and mittens on a hook behind the door. You know it’s still winter, but that’s just what you know; the chinook is what you believe in.

The bear held my hand inside his coat pocket as we walked in silence back to the parking lot to meet my company’s bus. Before he kissed me, he asked me if I was ready. Ready for what I have no idea, but ready is how I felt. I was stricken with readiness. Humbled by it.

“I hope you have a wonderful life,” I told him.

“You too,” he replied before nodding stiffly and walking away.

The bus lumbered through the slush and labored over the mountains to a fading Highline town where we were booked to play a quaintly shabby old opera house. The guy at the box office immediately pegged me as a party girl who’d been up all night and invited me to go to the bar next door for a hair of the dog before the show, but I could not for the life of me remember why that used to sound like fun.

Later that evening, as I did my shtick out on the foot-lit stage, I heard the bear’s distinctive baritone laughter from somewhere in the audience. After the show, he was waiting for me by the door. I didn’t bother asking him how he’d gotten there. He didn’t bother asking me where I wanted to go.

I can’t endorse the idea of love at first sight, but maybe there are moments when God or fate or some cosmic sense of humor rolls its eyes at two stammering human hearts and says, “Oh, for crying out loud.” I married the bear a few months later in a meadow above his tiny cabin in the Bridger Mountains. We weren’t exempted from any of the hard work a long marriage demands, but for better or worse, in sickness and in health, that moment of unguarded, chinook-blown folly has somehow lasted 30 years.

We laugh. We read. I do dishes; he bakes bread. Every morning, we work through the daily crossword puzzle. Our daughter, Jerusha, and son, Malachi Blackstone (named after his great-grandfather and an island in Chesapeake Bay) tell us we are agonizingly dull.



How I Decided to Become a Fashion Merchandiser – Jia Meng

Rather than discovering my passion for fashion merchandising at an early age, I realized it after a full career.

My husband and I relocated to New York in spring 2016, but I grew up in northeastern China and lived and worked in Japan for many years. I remember how, in the 1980s and 1990s, almost everyone in China used the same face cream, wore the same type of skirt, and bought the same low-quality goods from the limited selection available. Shortly after I moved to Japan for college, I became fascinated by the variety and quality of fashion products available in Tokyo. Thinking back, the different market environmentsin China and Japan first sparked my interest in the retail and fashion business.

Upon graduation, hoping to understand the retail business from managementand operational perspectives, I began my career as a business consultant for one of the world’s largest consulting firms, where I gained experience across a variety of industries and functions, including sales and marketing, and traveled for overseas projects. When I visited one retailing client’s Shanghai branch, I was amazed to see how dynamic frontline business was and how directly it was connected to everyday life when compared to consulting. This made me more determined to pursue a career in the retail business.

Four years later, I joined the Retail Finance team of an American accessible luxury brand, where I worked as an assistant manager and oversaw the retail channel sales planning. By analyzing financial figures and facilitating business development in new stores, I learned the foundations and challenges of establishing brands from a financial perspective. In one case, during the peak season, my daily sales projections were on-plan within a variance of only one handbag’s price for 30 consecutive days. My high level of accuracy was praised by the corporate CEO and executives in the New York headquarters. I felt great achievement in undertaking complex tasks requiring advanced quantitative and analytical skills.

However, finance is a supporting function, not directly contributing to the topline. We dealt with numbers rather than the merchandise. At that time, each new employee had an opportunity to do a 30-minute one-on-one “Meet-and-Greet” with the key persons at each division. Unlike most of the new hires, I seized this opportunity and consulted those industry veterans about my career plans. One of them recommended me to experience merchandising at least once; another told me that merchandisers had much power in the regional market, because they decided what products would go into the stores. Their advice intrigued me to know more about merchandising.

Fortunately, sales planning required close collaboration with merchandising. The more I learned what was merchandising, the more strongly I felt that this was what I really wanted to domixing business and creativity, effort and talent, insight and intuition,logic and magic. The best thing about working in merchandising is to get in touch with the merchandise I love. It is exciting to be surrounded by the products and constantly learn more about them. Therefore, after thorough consideration, I decided to redirect my career within the fashion industry from that of a financial planner to that of a merchandiser. I aspire to leverage my unique background and benefit both consumers and the companyin Asian markets.

I understood that I could still work as a business consultant, or a financial analyst at a fashion or non-fashion company. Either choice would be easier for me than a merchandiser. However, I keep asking myself what I really want. Do I want to do something I am truly passionate about instead of a meaningless job every day for the rest of my life? The answer is YES, YES, and YES!

It is not easy to realize a career change, though, even in the same industry. To achieve my goals, I chose the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to fill in the gap of my career. I want to equip myself with fundamental knowledge of merchandising and prepare myself for a successful merchandising career. I have fully utilized every resource the school offers, which leads to my latest internship as a merchandising assistant at a prestigious European luxury brand. I believe as a passionate challenger and dream pursuer, I will become a qualified fashion merchandiser in the near future.

Jaelyn Hence

Hello! My name is Jaelyn. I am 19 years old and I’m from Elkhart, IN. I am currently attending Ball State University in Muncie, IN where I study Music Education as my major. As well as being a full-time student, I also work for Ball State in their housing department. When it came to choose my major for college, I struggled a lot with making a definite decision. There were so many things that I was good at and so many things that I wanted to try. I got a lot of suggestions from friends and family members as far as what I should choose. I had considered all the suggestions and ended up with a long list that needed to be shortened. It took me all four years of high school to finally come to a decision. It was a very hard decision because there were several factors that I had to consider. Some of those factors included wondering if my major was going to be practical and attainable for me. Another was wondering if I am going to want to study for this career for four years and if I had a passion for it. I also had to determine if I could see myself doing the profession and making an honest living with it in the years to come after graduation. I had slowly been narrowing down the list of majors and I had been searching for schools that offered the majors on my short list. I eventually had gotten my list down to two majors that I was seriously considering. Those two were Math Education and Music Education. As I came close to making a decision, I searched schools that offered these majors. I didn’t want to attend college too close to home, but I didn’t want to be too far either.  In my last year of high school, I was exposed to some wonderful music teachers that I still love to this day. I had already loved music; it was one of my passions. They shared this same passion of mine and I could tell that they loved what they were doing. Not only did they bring students together with music, they created a brave space where there was no judgement, no drama, and nothing to worry about except the music in our hands. They inspired me with how optimistic they were and how much they loved teaching us students. I then realized that I would love to be where they are eventually. That was the when I decided my major. As of right now, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I can clearly see myself becoming like my high school teachers and my passion for music only grew stronger. I’ve already gone through so many experiences and opportunities that have shown me that this was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Music has helped me in so many ways throughout my life and I hope I can change the lives of others.

Ivana Bozickovic

When choosing career you will always hear that is important to choose something that you will enjoy doing. I have always wanted to be an English teacher. When I was a little girl I played with my sister pretending to be a teacher and she was my student. I taught that was the best job in the world. It had all. Work with children, each day would be different and you played a big role in someone’s education. My parents tried to talk me out of that decision but I was persistent. I didn’t want to listen to them. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I finished the university, became an English teacher and started to work in primary school.

Now, after ten years of career I regret that only factor for picking my career was my imagination of that job. I can not say that I do not enjoy working with children. I have to admit that there are days when tasks are challenging and I think that I can’t pull that off but everything works fine in the end. During these ten years a lot of things have changed. Children changed, parents, whole society. Attitude towards school changed. My proffession from respectful one became a proffession where people look down at you. Teachers receive less respect than ever. Parents and their attitudes have changed. If you got into trouble in class when I went to school, not only were you disciplined by the teacher but you got it double at home. That’s not always true today. Now many parents start with the assumption that their darlings must be right, and therefore the teacher must be wrong. So they attack the teacher who had the temerity to discipline, or even give a poor grade to little Anna or Peter. And the system works against teachers. Teachers often get physical assault from either the parent or the student, threats of a lawsuit and charges of assault. This means that the motivation for teachers to discipline at all approaches zero.

There is also financial side. Nobody goes into teaching for the money but all over the world teachers are underpaid. You get feeling that you are penalized for chosing this profession. If I can’t go to holiday once a year or buy myself some basic things, is this job worth it? Jobs that require a similar amount of education have much higher starting salaries and provide much more room for growth. In addition, teaching is a difficult job that requires lots of energy and dedication. Teachers often have to do a lot with limited resources and will often spend their own money buying teaching supplies.

In my family we come to the point when my sister is choosing her career. Before she makes a decision I will sit with her and talk about all factors. Yes, you must love your job. There is nothing worse than going to work everyday without any enthusiasm and seeing that job as endless suffer. But, you also have to think about other things. Monetary side is also important. Will you have enough money to have normal life or will you struggle every day to survive? You have to decide if you are going to be happy with basic things or you want more for yourself. Also, think about your future job from the aspect of proffesional growth. Do you want to spend whole working life in one position or you want to be promoted one day.

What ever you choose do not let yourself to feel overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, and misunderstood because there is no worse feeling. Decision is in your hands. Take all things in consideration and hope for the best because it is once in a life time decision.

Harshit Grover

According to my study and experience, most of the people first select their field of study then apply for the relevant to them, but I followed the opposite rule. Four years ago, in 2014 I started working in a recruitment company named Egon Zehender as a Data entry associate. We need to go through many resumes from senior-level associates who would like to apply for high-level jobs. As the company deals with only senior employees, I get to see and study their resume. I usually study which fields are more required in the market and which areas. As I study their respective fields, I also get to know what are the qualification they have to undergo to attain that position. I studied their resumes for around 8 months before finalizing my field. According to my study, I found that major upcoming field in this world in Logistics and Supply Chain. Then I found the countries which most required those field, which are, USA, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

During my research, I decided to find any management field because of my interest and my bachelor degree. Therefore, I came to Logistics and Supply Chain management. Then I research about the information about this field. Which created my more interest in this field, because this field is because of Globalization and Marketing. These are the new field in this world, so I thought they have a very long life and great opportunities all over the globe. After finalizing my field, now my next focus to find the institute or place to study. So first I research in my country, but we do not have that field enough popular in India and there are not many options to study. Then my next focus to find a good institute but under the criteria of my budget. As I belong to a middle-class family, I have a specific amount of fund for my study, which also not enough. So, if I want to go out of India to study, I need to take a loan from the bank. Then I visited the bank and gather the knowledge of the amount of loan I can get to pursue further study. According to my final budget, I finalized 4 countries, which are Canada, Ireland, Germany and New Zealand. Then I did sorting between all these countries to minimize my choice to 1. So, I opt out Germany because I need to learn a new language, German, which will delay my time to study. Then I opt Ireland out because of less time available to find a job and future prospects in that country. Canada and Ireland are best countries for immigrants in 2015 and are providing an ample number of opportunities. But I need to choose 1, so I made a personal choice in this matter, that is according to climate. As I like, winter better than summer, snow better than beaches, so I decided to go to Canada.

Next part is not so difficult, I decided the best province according to opportunities which is Ontario then I decided to go for college rather than University because of my budget, for Logistics and supply chain program. For this, I visited many international study fairs, contacted students from those colleges through Facebook and then I came out 3 main colleges Humber college, George Brown College, Fanshawe college. As budget is my main criteria, so I decided to go according to living cost in those places, which narrow my choice to Fanshawe college because London is much cheaper than Toronto.

In between all these research, I also focused on my current working career where I switch my job to get more time to study for exams and working out on all this research as well as saving money for my further study. This all takes around 2 years, from 2014 to 2016.

According to immigration policy, I need to study for two years to get a three years’ work permit and my course is a one-year program, so after completing my 1st semester I started my research again in the Canadian market to find my next course. I talk to many of my professors, counselors in college and friends who are working and find out an IT program, Office Administration which is great to find a job in Ontario as every office requires an admin person to run their business. So I decided to go for Office administration General program, because of two reasons, first is my budget and requirement of two years is accomplished and second is further study aspect in that course such as Office administration Executive and Medical if I want to pursue another field in any time in future.

I am pursuing last semester right now in Office Administration General. All of my research has paid off and I am happy with my decision today. Since this is the beginning of many challenges and difficulties coming in the future, I am always ready to start a research on them.



My career is my style, values, interest and skills – Gospel Oladotun


What is that I like doing? If I do not like it, I get out of it, because I will be lousy at it. Career choice is the selection of a type of occupation or profession. My career choice is important because it determines my success in the next stages of my life. More importantly though parental guidance, vocational counselling and training opportunities have once influenced my career choice yet my INTEREST, SKILL(S), VALUES AND THE WORK STYLEare the factors that influence my career choice now.

Denis Waitley said “Don’t ever let economy alone determine your career or how you spend the majority of your time.” This is because money is not an end itself, it is only a means to an end. Hence, I chose a career that gives me fulfilment in the realization of my potentials to its fullest.  Then, in the long run of doing what I love excellently—money will surely come. This is why love Thomas Edison grit in inventing the electric bulb which he derived fulfilment from doing. Then, this invention later brought him money.

A survey of 3, 000 British parents revealed that for many of today’s pre-teens, traditional careers have been superseded by the desire for fame, stardom and celebrity. This is why I detest and desist from rushing into making career choice based on the achievement of others. If I choose any career in line with my style, interest, values and skills, and I do it passionately and excellently—which will bring me fame in my niche. This is why Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This makes me chose a career that I can engage in throughout my life and I will still feel like working for just a day due to the passion and the fulfillment I will derive from it.

A father is asked by his friend, “Has your son decided what he wants to be when grows up?” “Yes, he wants to be a garbage collector,” replied the boy’s father. His friend thought for a moment and responded, “that’s a rather strange ambition to have for a career.” “Well,” said the boy’s father, “he thinks that garbage collectors only work on Tuesdays!”

I really like telling the above story because it informs me that there is nothing like ONE perfect career for me, that my major will not totally determine my career, my grades alone will not determine my employability, it is not compulsory for me to pick the “best career” list and that it is not the highest salary that will make me the happiest person but choosing a career based on my INTEREST, SKILL/APTITUDE, PERSONALITY, VALUES.

John Krumboltz, a professor at Stanford and a “career theorist,” emphasizes that passive learning—such as observing parents, family friends, and other significant role models—has a powerful influence on career decisions. Therefore, one data project has shown that for some careers, children are more likely to end up in the same profession as their parents.This is why over half of the 3, 000 students that responded to a GTI Media survey said their parents influenced their choice of career/course, with 69% saying their parents influenced their career choice in the university. It resulted to 20% of students currently enrolled at the university saying they would have chosen a different course if given the chance. Hmm! I cannot imagine myself in this mess! However, if such happens I will surely change my career towards my interest, talents, skills and values for fulfilment in life.

As a panacea to preventing confusion and bad career choices, it is advisory to take career choice test earlier. I took this career choice test at the age of 19 and it helped me to identify my style, value, skill,and interest in line with my career path.


What are your personal strengths and weaknesses? I really have penchant for interacting with others, ability to train and counsel, listening, speaking, and working with others


I really like working in a classroom because I derive fulfilment in teaching my students to know what I know and apply them for their success also. Moreover, arts interest me because it discusses humanity and the ways we do things and behave—which are realistic and easy to relate to.


I love the style of work in school environment, particularly seeing students and being in the classroom.I also love taking teaching responsibilitiesand building. Teaching makes me reliable, responsible and dependable and this makes me to set good examples. My interaction with many students of different emotions makes me to keep my temperament in check and avoid aggressive behavior against my students.

Especially, it makes me to exhibit my leadership prowess at the corridor of teaching. Hence, I make deliberate decisions to influence my students positively through deliberate guidance and counselling.

Moreover, I chose teaching because it enables me to be sensitive to my students’ feeling and needs. This engenders the statement of Dr. John C Maxwell, who said, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  I believe in this statement that I also live by it to be a teacher, a leader and a caregiver. Particularly,teachers relate friendly without unhealthy rivalry among one another.


I really like teaching career because it make me to decisions thatimpact my students POSITIVELY. It makes me someone who builds tomorrow’s leaders in different fields.


Katherine Whitehorn said, “The best careers advice to the young is, find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” Therefore, my personal interest, style of work, skills and values influenced my choice of teaching which give me fulfilment and success in the long run.