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  • The Secret of Successful Career Preparation

    Career Preparation Related Statements Form

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    The secret of successful career preparation is not as secret as you might think!  If you can answer most of the following questions affirmatively you are off to a good start.

    Anyonecanachieve’s Career Preparation Related Statements FormYes
    I know who I am. ( e.g.,  I am an outgoing people person or I like spending time in solitary pursuits)
    I know what activities I truly enjoy.  For example, I love writing, analyzing things, helping people, building things or exploring nature.
          I have prioritized the activities I enjoy.
    I have thought about selecting a career that allows me to do the kinds of things I truly enjoy doing. 
    I have made a short list of the careers that include the activities I love.
    I decided on my first, second and third career choices.
          I have narrowed down my career choice over time to one great career
            I am willing to work hard at preparing for the career I’ve chosen.
    I am willing to make sacrifices of time and money to prepare for this career.
    I am willing to tolerate disappointments along the way and bounce back.
            I am willing to spend four to ten years in college to prepare for my   career.
    I am willing to celebrate small successes along the way.
    I am willing to make a solid short and long-term career preparation plans I know that finding and preparing for a great career isn’t a random activity.
    I am willing to find alternative paths to my idea career when some easy paths are blocked.
    I believe my career goal is reasonable given my present knowledge, skills and talents.
    I believe my career goal is reasonable given my ability to learn and grow and develop my full potential.
    I am open to changing my current career goal for an alternative career goal that would also be satisfying to me.
    I will never be shy about admitting my shortcomings and I will work to improve myself.
    I am working on surrounding myself with like-minded people whose insights and support can strengthen my determination to achieve.
    I am willing to take good care of myself along the way by eating, sleeping, exercising and finding relaxing recreational activities.
    I am willing to hear and be responsive to feedback from my support system, friends, family, and mentors (such as the mentors at

    © 2012, Dr. Jack Thomas

  • Nearly Half Of Our Recommended Top Jobs Require OR Prefer An Advanced Degree

    Nearly half of the jobs we recommend require or prefer an advanced degree.

    Examples: lawers/judges, physicians and surgeons, psychologists, elementary and secondary teachers, post-secondary educators, medical research, speech pathologists, some engineers, business management, sociologists, dentists, optometrists, special education teachers, biological scientists, computer scientists, chief executives, geoscientists, economists, math, statisticians, library scientists, licensed mental health counselors, human resources managers, architectural and engineering managers, agricultural scientists, chiropractors, pharmacists, some nurses such as nurse practitioners and nurse specialists, vocational counselors, veterinarians etc.

  • About Dream Occupations
    We are fortunate to live in the greatest country on earth where opportunity and liberty abound. Even during times of recession, the “American Dream” is alive and well! In America, living the “American Dream” for most working Americans is linked to the wages earned. All things considered, the more money earned on your job the better your quality of life. Today, in almost every case, people who earn good to high wages are skilled workers. In today’s information and knowledge driven labor market, about 70 percent of the jobs are skilled jobs. Nearly a third of all jobs are high skill and high median pay jobs (about 36 million jobs). Anyonecanachieve refers to the 36 million jobs as top jobs. On the website we’ve identified the occupational titles of those jobs. Unfortunately, minorities are grossly underrepresented in such top jobs. For example, African Americans hold such jobs at a rate of about 6%. At the other end of the pay spectrum, African Americans are overrepresented (sometimes 18% of incumbents) in low skilled and low pay occupations. Of course, a number of factors are implicated in this but one thing for sure is more minorities will need to think about preparing for such top occupations. A college degree is required or desired for nearly all the top occupations we identified. The purpose of the website is to draw attention to these great occupations – provide occupational information through mentors and to give interested students lots of support, strategy advice and encouragement. The jobs are located in Management and Professional Specialty occupational groups. The number of such jobs grow at a faster rate than jobs in other occupational categories. A large number of replacement jobs will be available too as so called ‘baby boomers” retire. Due to demographic changes in the U.S. population, by necessity more African Americans and Hispanic Americans will need to prepare for these extraordinary opportunities. The 330 Occupational Titles We Recommend fall under SVP* 7,8 and 9 (About 36 million jobs in the U.S. labor market, 2008.) Source: *SVP or Specific Vocational Preparation – Read More