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Monday, August 24, 2015

Choosing A Career, Part I – Getting It Right the First Time

careers addiction recoveryAs a child, did you dream about being a doctor? Or maybe a firefighter, teacher, rock star, or astronaut? It's normal to cycle through a long list of ambitions when we are young—but by the time we enter college and are ready to begin training for a career, we often have little idea what we want to do. For many Americans, the first career choice is not one that will last a lifetime. In fact, it is estimated that the average person will change careers four to seven times before retirement.

Why Change Careers?

More personal satisfaction, improved earning power, and increased opportunities for advancement are often cited as reasons for making a career change. Sometimes a career becomes obsolete or an industry loses momentum. Other times we discover that the career we’ve chosen just isn’t a good fit. And often, economic reality forces us to question our initial choices.

The Downside to Career Change

There are significant costs to making a career change. In today’s economy, most occupations require formal education or some kind of certification. That means that entering a new field almost certainly entails returning to school or taking courses online. Educational expenses and the time required can be significant. In addition, the personal costs, like handling more stress and remaining dedicated to the task, can be high. If you are undergoing CA addiction treatment during a career change, the added stress is a liability you probably can't afford. 

Choosing Right the First Time

Think of the savings in time, money, and personal satisfaction if you were able to identify your "ideal career" at the beginning of your college life. It’s possible, but it requires advance planning and soul-searching in the form of: 

1. Testing. Take advantage of the aptitude tests and interest surveys that most high school and college counseling services offer.
2. Volunteering. Volunteer in a field you think you might enjoy, take a part-time job, or check out the many available vocational education programs.
3. Seeking wise counselTalk to someone who works in an occupation you find interesting. There are often opportunities to tag-a-long for the day with a professional. 
4. Personal inventory. Take inventory of yourself, the areas that interest you, and the economics of the job market. (More on this in Part II.)

It’s not possible to predict the future, but the more you can anticipate change, the more prepared and adaptable you can be in your career choices.

A Rehab Program That Includes Career Prep

Have you had your career path interrupted by drug and alcohol dependency? Hope Academy has a unique program for enrolling in college classes while you are working toward a life of sobriety. Our one-on-one coaching and sober-living community provide just the support you will need. Call 866-930-4673 to begin the admissions process or inquire about insurance authorization today.  

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