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Choose your profession with care

Born and educated in Multan, Dr. Sohail Zafar went to USA from where he did his MBA and completed his doctorate from U.S. International University California. After finishing his education he taught at the Western Michigan University.

On return to Pakistan he started career at Imperial College of Business Administration and taught there for two years. Later, he went to Sharja and joined Sharja College affiliated with University of Houston. In April 1997, he came back to Pakistan to join the Lahore School of Economics. “Those days I had just 18 students and currently I am teaching more then 100,” he recalls.

Advising his students on how to choose a career path, he says, “Choose your profession with care and do not switch jobs.”

Choosing a job and selecting a particular field you want to be in for the rest of your life can be an incredibly hard task. In today’s society many career fields require diverse qualifications. When considering career options, try to think of the things that you enjoy doing. To be happy in a career field you have to enjoy the work that you are doing. Also try to consider the things you know you are good at. Maybe you are a social personality so working with people may suit you well.

Those who find themselves unsatisfied with their jobs choices are the ones who have gone into that profession for the wrong reasons. Perhaps they were trying what their parents wanted them to do, or maybe money was the only motivation, or they were required to take over family businesses.

Gaining experience through internship is a great way to help you discern what does and does not interest you as a future career. You may discover the job you always thought you wanted is not what you would like to do after all. Internship is a good asset when it comes to selecting and applying for employment and it can often help you to get a start in the field. Through internship you may gain vital contacts that will help you get into the field you desire, or at the least you will gain experience and that will be well received by future prospective employers.

If you are unsure of what career to work towards, try to keep your options open. Try new things and do not be afraid to admit that something may not be right for you. Gain experience in different fields or choose a course of study that leaves your options open to many different career choices. Do not put limits on yourself or your options because the career paths and industries out there are endless, and the choice is up to you.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 10/08/2004 02:52:00 PM,

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