College students…do what you can to enjoy what you do – career focused

It’s a career, not a job. A job is something you do for pay. A list of various responsibilities and duties that you get paid for. Yes the job comes from the career.

A career is a lifelong commitment. It is something that YOU decide on, that may affect the rest of your lives. It shapes you. Choosing your career truly defines who you are, and what you’re proud of.

Or does it? You should feel good about the work you do.

Just thinking about work is daunting enough. Many people truly enjoy what they do and are good at it. Don’t you want to enjoy the work you do? You will have t spend about 45 years of the rest of your life in work, so it just makes sense. Your end game when graduating college and in search of that job, is to do what you can to enjoy what you do. In a most recent post @ The Career Closet, an article written by Andrew Snow about changing your major in college. It’s not that bad. Check out why…

…For many people, this is hard.  Thinking outside the ordinary and really considering what kind of work can be done to enjoy.

For many of you, having the ability to be, and stay creative in everything we do in life is a gift. A talent that many have, and then many strive to obtain. Now let’s focus your known talents and skills up with other ways to choosing CAREERS. Career choice requires you to think outside the box.

Let’s think about 2 things that can help you make your choice of careers a little easier:


Think about the things you do not like, nor would consider doing in your job. This should be easy. Make a list of them. Keep this list on the side as you will refer to it often in your search.


…what would you do with it? Anything. Everything. Whatever you want that you can spend within the $10 million, what would it be? Brainstorm. Think about anything and everything because that allows you to think outside the ordinary.

If you had that much money sitting in the bank, but you still had to work, at least part-time. What would it be? What kind of work? I know you don’t need the money, but even if you didn’t what would you do? Think about this…

Choosing a career is probably the first biggest decision you have had to make thus far! Its a tough one, but the more prepared you are, the better decision you will make. You will look back and be proud of yourself for how you did it.

Go through these quick questions and write the answers down.   
1. What is my dream job? (be realistic). It doesn’t matter how long it will take to get there, what is it? ______________________________________________
2. What are 3 qualities or attributes that you have? You are all good at something. It’s up to you to figure out what that is. ___________________________________
3.  If you won $10 million, what job would you still have? Imagine that you HAVE to work. What is that job? ___________________________________________

Taking notes and writing things down is so important and will benefit you. I’ve learned the hard way that when I don’t write something I think is pretty important. Whenever I didn’t, I needed it. It sucked, but whatever.

THE CREATION EFFECT…creating the criteria for your career

This is a new program I’ve developed that will take you through every step possible in making the right carer choice(s). My goal with this is to simply guide you through the steps, but for you to make the right career choice (meaning a job that satisfies your 3 most basic needs and desires: interests, skills, personality).  The Creation Effect takes you through this and assesses you and then come sup with various possible careers for you to choose from. Part of The Creation Effect will take you through a personality activity that helps you to specifically target the kind of work you should do for the rest (or most) of your life. Assessing yourself and understanding who you are, helping you set career and college goals, developing the tools necessary for you to make the right choice, and finding the right school for you to pursue that degree and career.

1. Think about what you like in life
2. Think about what you are good at
3. Think about the type of personality you have, if you know.

Your Success is My Success,

Keith Lipke

I’m a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college

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