Finding Work You Love

Hello!

If you don’t like to read, this post is for you.  I need 17:47 minutes of your time.  I’m sure you can squeeze this into your busy day.

I think this video from TED Talk has excellent career advice. Advice that I have not heard before.  So sit down, chill out and listen for about 18  minutes.   🙂

 

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Medical Explorers Program

Attention all Wanna-be-Medical Professionals!!!

AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center is accepting applications for the
2015-16 Medical Explorers Program!!

Beginning October, the Medical Explorers Program meets monthly throughout the school year.

The program exposes students to a variety of career opportunities in healthcare by allowing students to observe first-hand the teamwork that takes place throughout the centerThe program offers a supportive mentoring program, including guest speakers who talk about the education, life skills and leadership experience needed for a successful career in healthcare.  This fun and exciting program is FREE!

The topics for this year’s meetings include:

  • EMS
  • Laboratory
  • Imaging Services
  • Surgical Services
  • Respiratory Care
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Nursing
  • Health System Security

Below is the information packet, including the application, which you can also pick up from my office in guidance.  You MUST apply this year and space is limited, so please don’t procrastinate and miss out on this incredible career opportunity.

2015-2016 ARMC Explorer Intro Letter

2015-2016 Atlanticare Explorer Program brochure

2015-2016 Explorer Youth Application

“Think Forward”

Health Careers Fair

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” –Steve Jobs –

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Mark your calendar for Atlantic City High School’s


Health Careers Fair!


Wednesday, April 2nd, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Health Careers Flyer

If you are thinking about a career in the field of health care, you should attend the fair.  Some of the participating agencies include AtlantiCare, Atlantic Cape Community College, Shore Medical Center’s Radiology Department, Drexel University’s Biomedical Engineering Society,US Army National Guard, Atlantic City Health Department and more!  This is an excellent opportunity for you to speak to various representatives, obtain literature, and to learn more about careers in the health care profession.

To attend, you MUST register in advance.  To register, send an email to tcain@acboe.org.  In the comment field, type “Health Careers Fair Registration.”  Include your name and student ID number. You may also stop by the guidance department during home room (with a pass from your teacher).

On the day of the fair, you will receive a hall pass to attend.  You will be given only one (1) 40 minute period to attend.

Your career should be your passion. I repeat, your career should be your passion.  I know!  I know! My advice may conflict with your parent, your teacher, and or your guidance counselor; however, I’m going to tell you what I know and give you the same advice that I give my children. I’m not suggesting that you dismiss professional or loving advice from those who care about you. You should respectfully listen to and consider the advice from those who care, but that you should also explore your interests and your options and make an informed decision about your career path.

My unscientific research tells me that probably less than 80% of the working world are not working in the career path that they planned. Many of the adults who enjoy their careers have more often than not, stumbled into it, but are grateful and full-filled.

Loving your job/career can make a difference between you dreading going to work or excited about it. Think about the attitude of a teacher, a waiter at a restaurant, or a cashier at a store that you met.  Did they look happy?  Did they display a positive attitude? How much enthusiasm did they have?   Typically people who enjoy their work are happier and do a better job than those who are unhappy.  What kind of worker do you want to be?

If you are undecided about a career path, think about the following:

  • What excites you?
    • What are you really good at?
    • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Then ponder if or how you can make a career out of doing that “thing” you enjoy so much. The activity that you enjoy, may not directly translate to a specific job you come up with, but I am certain that it may connect to a career path in some way.  If not, maybe you’ll be the one to start something new!!  Think about all of the technology and innovation in our world today. Someone had to create and develop all this cool stuff we use.  Why can’t you do the same thing?

Say for example, you love competing and playing sports.  Maybe you won’t be the next Serena Williams, Lebron James or Cole Hamels, but you could certainly pursue a career in the sports arena such as: coaching, sales and marking, athletic training, entrepreneurship (owing a fitness facility, sports medicine, engineering (developing new equipment, etc..), program director, reporter and correspondent, education  or something else you may come up with.

My point is, don’t go after a career for money or prestige.  The gratification will wither away quickly. Student loans can last a life time.

Take some time to do some research on the educational requirements, job growth potential, salary, and more. You can find the answers to these questions and find schools at one of my favorite websites, mynextmove.org.

Alright, I’ve said a lot, so I’ll end this long post.  I hope to see you at the career fair!