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Choosing a Career

Choosing a Career

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U.S. Department o State / December 2008 VolUme 13 / nUmber 12 
International Information Programs:
Coordinator Jeremy F. CurtinExecutive Editor Jonathan MargolisCreative Director George Clack Editor-in-Chie Richard W. Huckaby Managing Editor Charlene PorterProduction Manager Susan L. Doner Assistant Production Manager Sylvia Scott Web Producer Janine Perry Copy Editor Rosalie TargonskiPhoto Editor Ann Monroe JacobsCover Designer David HamillCover Illustration Barton Stabler/CorbisReerence Specialist Martin Manning 
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 About This Issue
o or your lie, some American kids aresaying today. “Go your own way” and“Do your own thing” are the slogans somesongwriters have let us. “Do what you want to do.”Dierent cultures and dierent generations havechanted a lot o mottoes about that stage o lie when aperson is becoming an adult and making hard choicesabout the uture.Mottoes like thesemake it sound likebecoming a stand-up adult is a totally excellent adventure.But — reality-check — most young peopleare also worried aboutinding some kind o interesting work thatalso brings them theincome to make acomortable lie. Whether you callit choosing a career,making a living, or justgetting a job, everybody  would like to ind a way to be amped-up abouttheir work and stillpay the bills. What’s the secret? No magic words, nomysterious spells will do it or you, but we’ve managedto pin down some advice that might give you somedirection.On the pages that ollow, we’ve asked a variety o  Americans to tell how they ound a path to a career thatis right or them and what they learned along the way.They tell the good part, but they don’t leave out the badmoves and wrong turns. You’ll meet people who oundtheir calling while doing very hard work or very littlepay. Several will tell you how their amilies inluencedtheir choices. Others describe years spent going in onedirection, only to learnthey really had toollow a dierent path.This issue alsocontains some advicerom experts whoound their lie’s work in helping otherpeople ind the rightcareers. They mighthelp you igure out what skills, credentials,and passions you bringto the search or acareer.These storiesare all dierent, butreally, they are allabout the same thing:sel-determination,empowerment,dreaming your own dream, and inding a way to getthere.
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