Taking Care of Business

June 19, 2013 - 10:28 — KentPalmer
Taking Care of Business

Are you a recent graduate or do you have one in your family who’s considering the choice of career?  Are you thinking about transitioning to a different type of work, perhaps as a result of job dissatisfaction or the loss of a job?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explores the idea of finding work that you love.  Most of us are familiar with the career advice to “follow your passion”, but Carl McCoy writes that this may not be the best advice for college students---or the rest of us, either.   As someone who once tried to make a living as an artist, McCoy knows only too well that it’s not satisfying to work at what you love if it means a constant, wearying struggle to pay the bills.  He also points out that there are plenty of occasions when even the most dedicated worker, like the teacher struggling to control a class of unruly children, doesn’t love his job.

“Do what you love” can be an important consideration for those seeking work, but McCoy argues that it should be balanced by considering a deeper sense of purpose or meaning.   Then we might find that “love” is a consequence of our work, not just the reason for choosing it.

Click this link to read the full McCoy article.

Here are some reading suggestions on this topic.  These materials are found in the library catalog.

Jacket Cover  The Top 100: fastest growing careers for the 21st century

Jacket Cover  300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree

Jacket Cover  Occupational Outlook Handbook (Reference - Library Use Only) 

Jacket Cover  Book of Majors 2013 (Library Use Only - Previous years also available for circulation)


Or, for a general catalog search on this subject, click this link Occupations and Careers.

Several Online Resources in the library's collection are also very helpful in making career choices.  Try Ferguson's Career Guidance Center.  If you'd like some assistance getting acquainted with this and other resources, please call us or stop by the Adult Services Desk at any of our locations.