Tour of Careers
You are now ready take a Tour of Careers to explore how you might build a Career Opportunity of your own. Let’s look a couple examples of Career Opportunities and discuss their components – the work environment, the industry, and the actual career/occupation.
Let’s look at Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. He didn’t start out a philanthropist as he is today. He began with programming. His work environment was often a school (non-profit). The computers were in computer rooms in the 1970’s (environment). After attending Harvard for two years, he dropped out to start a software company (for-profit, business owner). He still worked in a computer room. The industry was Information Technology and the career/occupation was computer software engineer/business founder/Chief Executive Officer.
Next, let’s look at Diane Sawyer, Television Journalist. She didn’t start out famous. She began as a staff assistant in government and worked her way up to broadcast journalism. Her first jobs were in a non-profit environment working in national government doing clerical work and writing press releases. Later, she transitioned into television journalism working in a for-profit large television company (ABC News) as a broadcast reporter.
Don’t have a career title? What about a field? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) occupations are very popular. Let’s look at the Biomedical Engineer career field. Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare. The work environment can be For Profit or Non-profit and often have lab facilities or computer rooms. The industry is Health Sciences/Medical. There are multiple occupations within this industry such as Biomedical Technician, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Programmer, etc.
As you can see, careers span many years and an occupation may transform as you progress through different jobs. Knowing your best combination for a Career Opportunity will serve as a target to aim for as you progress through your life’s career.