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Career Fields, Possibilities, and You

by Jory Butler on September 3, 2010

Career FieldsTeachers and parents alike ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  The answers come back as:  teacher, doctor, lawyer, policeman, or fireman.  We begin to plot our courses to pursue these jobs.

As we become adults, for some reason, we keep our thinking narrowed to those childhood answers and get stuck.  In a sense, we have blinders on for one job.  When we begin to feel that there only a few job opportunities out there we can become frustrated.

Some of my clients have become this frustrated individual, feeling stuck in their career search. For this client I am reminded of a book titled “What Color Is Your Parachute”, by Richard Bolles in which he talks about finding fields of interest.  In Mr. Bolles book, he writes about visualizing a career as if it were literally a field.  For example, if someone is interested in helping others, that individual could get into the medical “field.”  Within that particular field there are many jobs and roles that a person could pick to help heal others.  Possibilities include: Doctor, Nurse, Radiologist, Physical Therapist, medical equipment sales, and the list could go on and on.

So as you begin your career search, change your perspective to look at the opportunities within a “field.”  This will help you see many opportunities and give you hope.

(Photo by: Julie Falk)

  • Justin Lukasavige

    Great advice Jory. I find it’s easy to get stuck in a particular role instead of broadening it to a field. It’s easy to think that if I want to help others, I need to be a doctor or pastor. But you and I help people as coaches and the cashier at the grocery store can add her own level of help with short conversations throughout the day.

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