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Find yourself before finding job

Q.  I always thought I wanted to teach early grades K-6, but after working part time at that for a year, I find it isn't really what I want to do with my life. I'm looking into going back to school to get certified as a Physicians Assistant or a dental hygienist because I think I can find jobs in that field. Do you agree?

Ans. To find the right job, understand yourself. You're right to leave any field you don't enjoy to get training in another while you're young and able to do it. But don't jump into another career you may not be suited for until you check out your aptitudes and innate talents. Those are the things that you'll enjoy using throughout your career. Sharon Birkman, CEO of Birkman International, Inc. does that through her Birkman Method, www.birkmanmethod.com  used more than 50 years with more than 2 million people and 5,000 organizations   She contends everyone has unique strengths, weaknesses, work style and job needs, and you must discover yours before you'll be happy. Remember that aptitudes will itch-- every day at work-- unless they are scratched...

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