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Which Career will do the Job?

Michal Eisikowitz

Pursuing the right career may be more important than you think. Your job directly affects your family, your quality of life, your happiness — and of course, your wallet. Whether you’re just home from seminary and setting out in the working world, or contemplating starting over in a new field, here’s what to consider when choosing a profession.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

science “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” declared Confucius.

The statement rings true, but today — more than ever — vast numbers of employees are dissatisfied with their jobs. A 2009 survey of over 5,000 households foundUSjob satisfaction at its lowest in two decades. Only 45 percent of those surveyed were happy with their jobs — a drop from 61 percent in 1987.

Notably, the youngest cohort of employees (those under 25) expressed the highest level of dissatisfaction ever recorded for that age group. And anecdotal evidence indicates the frum world hasn’t been spared this scourge.

Career choice regret is common among Orthodox youth, particularly girls who are pressured to complete degrees rapidly. Frum girls generally don’t allow themselves to dawdle through four years at the undergraduate level, trying out different courses to determine the field that suits them best. Instead, 18-year-olds straight out of seminary are expected to know with certainty what they’d like to do for most of their waking hours — for the rest of their lives.

The pressure, asserts Beatie Deutsch, MS, a former career counselor currently working in campus kiruv in Tucson, Arizona, stems from practicality: Girls want to be finished with schooling by the time their knight in shining armor — or little bundle of joy — arrives.

“It’s a valid concern,” acknowledges Beatie. “But girls need to keep the big picture in mind — including the long-term impact of this choice.”

How does one go about making this major life decision? Which factors should be considered? And most important — particularly when a large investment of time and tuition is involved — how can one avoid a really big mistake?

The answer, says Vivian Rabin, a Passaic-based career coach, recruiter, and author of Back on the Career Track (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) lies in considering the three C’s: content, compensation, and control.


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