Adventure careers by Alexander Hiam, Susan Angle

By Alexander Hiam, Susan Angle

This day, many university graduates and "re-careering" adults are trying to find whatever totally different from the normal "secure" and comfy profession area of interest. as a substitute, they are difficult own pride, growth--and experience. the excellent resource for such details first-hand reports from adventurers who dared to tread off the crushed occupation direction.

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Luck? Superior grades? Good interviewing skills? In part, but most important, two years earlier Paul had created his own college curriculum. He took the steps while in college to make his dream come true upon graduation. He turned possibility into reality. In 1988, Paul realized that his course work would probably qualify him for work in a small business, but that he lacked the relevant work experience and professional contacts to work for a major sports organization. He was majoring in sports management (an unusual program, and an excellent choice for his career goal).

Few older adults have taken such a path, and so few mentors and role models exist for young adults. Many people still see efforts to explore the career jungle gym as play, not work. " And this is not helpful advice. Page 25 It's Fun, but It's Not Play One reason exploration of the new career jungle gym looks like play is that it is, or ought to be, directed by personal interests and convictions. Otherwise it is just a random process, and will never add up to any higher level of personal competence and fulfillment.

The value retained after you have forgotten everything you learned depends upon how broad your vision is and how you implement your vision. College years are an important part of this project, but graduate schools, weekend workshops, educational travel and many other experiences also contribute to it. When you enter college, you enter into a modern rite of passage that catapults you from the life you lived with your parents for the last 18 or so years, into your life as an independent adult. In a culture with few such rites of passage, college can be a very important and potent period of growth and personal development.

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