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(2) Get educated in employable skill sets, and if not, stick with your real interest |
Now if you hope to have some job guarantee, consider getting educated in more employable skill sets. Some specialized occupations, such as medical professions will always in demand. That’s why they are the hottest professions in the developed countries. Besides medical professions such as doctors, dentists and nurses, we need plumbers if we own a house / condo, auto-mechanic if we own a car. Also consider the professions which you can easily become self-employed without much capital investment, such as public accountants, financial planners, insurance brokers, and even lawyers. Those may not be the best professions in the current economic climate of China but with the society getting wealthier, they will be in demand as what happened to the most of the developed countries. I’m not an expert in defining what the most employable skills are; only in my view, they should be related to the life’s necessities. Those we couldn’t live without!
The demands for many other professions are controlled by the economic law of supply and demand. In North America, there seems a ten year cycle for engineers. Maybe a low demand at beginning of the cycle which discourages many to study in the field, then at the end of the ten years, a higher demand and the shortage. I had a friend, he had chosen to study in chemical engineering at the peak of the demand, then by the time he graduated it was at the lowest, he had tough time to find a job. This similar cycle could happen to many professions including corporate accountants, programmers, teachers and even lawyers.
Then what do you do if you’re not sure of your true calling? My suggestion is to stick with your real interest. If you have the talent and the interest, and if you try your best, you may accomplish something eventually. That’s how the great writers, painters and artists are created. The most miserable thing in life is stuck in a profession which is not your interest, and become a job hopper. It may be fun when you were young hopping from job to job, but you’ll never be able to set your roots and to build up decent experience and seniority.
Now how about graduate schools, getting Master, Ph.D. or MBA? If you’re a science major, like in math, physics and chemistry, you may need a Master degree for a decent job. But Ph.D. is definitely for those who are more interested in teaching and research. Then If all you want is to get a job and paying the bills, don’t make yourself over qualified with advanced degrees. Again, think about the law of supply and demand, there is always more jobs for the less qualified, fewer for the overqualified.
You should have some practical business experience before going on to study MBA. I believe most MBAs are for the jobs of managers. If you didn’t have the practical experience, how could the company hire you as manger supervising others? The best is to have the company you work for, paying your MBA education. This way your job is guaranteed when you graduate. Some people like to study in the top MBA schools. The tuition fees are much higher in those schools. I believe the basic you learned in any MBA schools are similar, the difference is that in the top schools you get more opportunity to network with the deal makers of the future and the present. The word of network is the same as building up Guan Xi in our language. Other countries often laughing at our Guan Xi, but even in the business world of North America, how far you go depends on your skill of network.
The next part (3) Studying abroad and Immigration – to be posted later
[ Last edited by thetruthbut at 2007-3-16 10:18 AM ]