When asking oneself what would be a great Depression era vocation to get, one supercedes the important question that you should ask in business, namely, do you love what you are doing? When you are in college or trade school, you are training to do something that you will try to do for the rest of your life.
Unfortunately, the reality is that in this day and age, you will probably become obsolete or your vocation may require a lot of retraining so you need to think in terms of training or schooling for what can I do to get to where I want to be right now, with now being anywhere from 2 to 8 years of schooling.
You should study somethiing that you think you will like. I have a client and friend who has a daughter who is thinking of going into law school. The daughter is incredibly bright and should not have a problem with it but will she be happy with that kind of life? Lawyers out of school work long days of 10-14 hours and are expected to continue to put in the overtime and get the billings. Unless one is fortunate to get in a law firm that is one of the top ten in the nation, the starting salaries aren’t going to be in the six figures like they use to be fifteen years ago.
For the same amount of short term effort, is there something health care that the person might be interested in. Of course the long term goals are that in the case of being an attorney that you get a practice built up and can make money. The truth is in places in California there are enough attornies so that every 3 people has an attorney as of the posting of this entry.
I am certain that my client’s daughter will decide prior to entering law school if that is what she wants because she is savvy of the cost that it be for her and her parents. It pays to really want to study or love what you are doing but if you are doing something for the money, make sure at least that you have more than a passing interest in it, especially if it is going to cost you in time, money and aggrevation.
Hope you are all doing well and having a nice October. Be healthy and happy.
October 13 2009
Kim Isaac Greenblatt
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