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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 79 comments and questions on Career issues. They are listed according to date.

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Boss won't give him a raise General Africa
 
Wants to be a professional athlete General Kuwait
 
Wants job as freelancer General Saudi Arabia
 
Wants to be a doctor General Bangladesh
 
Having trouble getting a job General Nigeria
 
Definitions of career terms General USA
 
Wants to be a ship builder General Nigeria
 
Wants to know which career path to take General Bangladesh
 
Family against career choice General India
 
Wants job in Indiia General India
 
Wants to succeed in job interviews Interviews N. Ireland
 
Wants to be a software tester General India
 
Struggling with a professional course General India
 
Makes poor impression in interviews Interviews
 
Internet job postings What Companies Look For
 

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General

Boss won't give him a raise

September 11, 2004

Question

My boss of two years says that my work is excellent. So how come this does not translate into more pay? What, apart from axcellent work output, is required for him to be willing to try to obtain more pay for me? Others who do similar work in different "divisions" of the very very large international "organization" that I work for are paid very much much more. Numerous technical "explanations" have been given. Am I right in thinking that the decision really lies with the boss? How do I tackle this issue successfully?

- Africa (4228)

Answer

This is a complex subject. Your work may be excellent, but is it valuable or important to your boss? For example, if you would quit, could you be easily replaced? If so, you need to seek tasks that increase your value.

Note that some bosses put more value on personality than on excellent work. It is hard to believe, but they will pay someone they like more than someone who does good work. You need to know what attitudes your boss has.

I once had a boss who gave a very small raise my first year with him. He said he did that so I will be motivated to work even harder the next year. I said to myself, "There won't be a next year of me working for you."

What you need to do is to do a little analysis of the type of person your boss is and how he treats his workers. Also look at how valuable you are in this job. Build up your value to the company. Then start checking around to see about a possible transfer. You have to be very discrete not to jeopardize your job.

You want to be in a position where you have some options and perhaps have others interested in hiring you. This is being very proactive about your career.

I hope these ideas help. Let me know how things turn out.

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Wants to be a professional athlete

August 26, 2004

Question

I have finished my secondary school and preparing for college. I am having a problem in choosing Business management or sport for my career. Could you please tell me which is better for me, which has more value and will give me more salaries.

I really love to play sport because I have the talent and interest, and in the last 2 years I have won atleast 19 trophies and 2 medals.

I have always had a dream of coming to America and becoming good at sports because only America seem to be having all the great champions of sport(Men and Women).

You see I am an Indian, but I was born in Kuwait and I am still studing there and I have played in good sports club and won lot of trophies, but unfortunately I seemed to be going nowhere and I am stuck here. I do love the place, but there are no oppurtunities of becoming a world class champion in sports.

Thank you,

Tracy - Kuwait (4101)

Answer

As a career, it is always good to look into business. But that is not to say you should give up your dream of a career in sports. In fact, they make a good combination. Plus, realize that after a sports career is over, you still may have to earn a living.

Check into colleges that offer sports scholarships or that have a good program in the sports you play. You want to be able to play in a highly competitive league, but still be able to make the first team before you graduate.

Also, make sure your sport has a professional league where that pay the athletes good wages. In some sports there is little money to be made. But even Olympic winners in such sports can receive bonuses and contracts.

It is an exciting time in your life. Try to get into a college that will give you the opportunities you seek.

Best wishes in your career.

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Wants job as freelancer

August 18, 2004

Question

Dear Sir
I am an international visitor to your site & have been searching for many days for a site like yours; I really am impressed with your site & its options and really unique services. I really want to work for you as freelancer, any writer or any kind of writing job.
Since I have just graduated and planning to go for further studies, I think I can really offer you best of my education.
I have been writing (long & short) stories, articles, essays & reports for past few years for my school & collage, plus I have done a little of computers which includes computers basics, Microsoft power point presentation, Microsoft word, visual basics, basics of java & C++ and have quite good research skills.
I will try to be very punctual, creative, friendly and natural. Please respond positively.
I have a little request that when my salary is paid please see that its NOT paid by PAYPAL as those services are not available here.
I am eagerly waiting for your reply.
Yours truly
Anjum Tahsin

anjum - Saudi Arabia (4030)

Answer

Thank you for your interest. The School for Champions is a nonprofit organization, and thus funding is an issue, such that we cannot hire workers or freelancers at this time.

People who do contribute lessons or material do so for the exposure. We provide a short statement about the person, a link to their website and contact information.

The value to the writer is that others interested in the subject matter may write and even seek to hire the person. Also, when looking for a job, the person can point to the published articles as a way to show skill and knowledge in the area.

The articles should be as lessons and fairly short. If you would like to contribute, you can send a sample article for consideration.

In the meanwhile, best wishes in your career.

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Wants to be a doctor

August 7, 2004

Question

I am college going student (GPA4.75). I would like to be a doctor. I am willing to study in UK. For that cause I would like to get importent sugetion from you. I will be highly pleased if you kindly send me an email

yours ever

joynal - Bangladesh (3948)

Answer

It is good that you wish to be a doctor, since there is a great need for physicians. There is great competition for enrollment in medical schools in any country. You will need to do much research to find an appropriate school in the UK, as well as to determine requirements you need to fill.

Although you can do a search on medical schools on the Internet, a better place to start is in your own school. There should be counselors that can give you information about going to Graduate School and applying to schools overseas.

Do not be discouraged, becausing information is often not easy to obtain. One other thing to do is to ask for advice from local physicians. They may be able to tell you the best route to take.

Best wishes in your efforts.

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Having trouble getting a job

July 22, 2004

Question

I'm a graduate of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in Nigeria,I finished my youth service last at abuja with the Fed.Min of water resources,I've written several applications to several company I considered good enough for me but till now, nothing has come so far.At this stage of life, I think of going into a self business but the capital to start is a problem.Please see to my joblessness and give me an idea of how to cope with the ups and down of life.
Massage from job seeker

Geoffery - Nigeria (3818)

Answer

It is more difficult to get a job than to do the job. You must do research on companies that interest you. Find out who is the manager in the area where you want to work. Or even someone who works there. Then contact that person to see what employment prospects are with the company. If you can do this by telephone, it is the best. That will get your foot in the door.

Remember that the resume is just to get their interest and get an interview. Filling out an application or sending in a resume does not get you the job.

Ask friends if they know of any companies in need of a metallurgical engineer. Sometimes you may be able to get a lead. Getting a job is a long slow process, even for jobs in demand. You must work on it methodically every day.

There are two major factors in starting your own business: (1) Having enough money to last until you get some contracts and (2) Knowing enough people in the business. For that reason, it is good to get a job and join some professional associations in order to get to know the right people. With experience and contacts, you can then start your business.

Best wishes in your efforts.

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Definitions of career terms

July 22, 2004

Question

what are the relationships and differences between occupation, specialization, profession and career.

tari - USA (3822)

Answer

Occupation is what you do for a job, specialization is a distinct skill in which you specialize, profession is an occupation where you have a college degree, and career is a long-term profession.

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Wants to be a ship builder

June 30, 2004

Question

Sir/Ma,
I will like to become one of your Engineering student. I am interested in this course. I will be very happy if your can please send me details about how someone can become a ship builder.

Thanks for your favourably consideration.

Yours faithfully,

Hameed - Nigeria (3657)

Answer

The School for Champions only provides lessons to help students. We do not have degreed courses. The Rivers State University in Nigeria offers courses in Marine Engineering. See http://www.rsust.edu.ng/History.htm. Checking with them would be the best first step.

Best wishes in your career as a ship builder.

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Wants to know which career path to take

June 28, 2004

Question

Dear sir,

I am student of Information Systems. I want to develop my career in ICT sector.
In fact I am so much confuse in which particular field of ICT (software development, networking, database, web, e-commerce) should I emphasize in order to build my career.

If there any book, reference, journal, web side that can help me to make a decision regarding my career. In fact I need a proper guidance.

I would be very much glade if you sincere give me suggestion.

May GOD bless you.

- Bangladesh (3646)

Answer

The selection of a career path should be a combination of what you really like to do, what you are good at, and what job is in demand for workers and pays well.

One of the best methods to use is to start a search on the various jobs of interest through the online job search sites. www.monster.com and www.dice.com are two sites for the U.S. There are also sites for other countries.

With this method, you can see which skills are in the highest demand. You can also see what other requirements they have.

Another good method is to check with local companies that may hire people in your field. Try to find a worker or manager who would be willing to tell you about promise in the field.

Finally, all areas you mentioned have a good future. Which one do you really enjoy doing? That is a very important factor in success.

Best wishes in your studies and your career.

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Family against career choice

June 24, 2004

Question

Sir,
I am a 21 year old girl from India. I have finished my Engineering course in the discipline of Electronics and Instrumentation.I have a strong liking for the subject Biotechnology and am very much interseted in Research.I could have chosen this as my Graduation discipline but I had to opt out because of a strong opposition from my family. The reason that I wanted to something else had made me become depressed and unlikingly I finished my graduation in Instrumentation.I passed in second class(59%).I still have a great liking for the subject of Biotechnology and would want to make a career out of it. I am really in a dilemna as I do not know what are my chances to get into my fauvorite field. I will be really very much grateful to you if you can show me a way.
Thanking you
Your's Sincerely

Aguduri - India (3612)

Answer

Your family's preference for Electronics and Instrumentation is most likely because they feel there are more available jobs in that field. Biotechnology is more of a new field, and many people aren't familiar with the area. What you must do is to show your family the value and potential of work in this field. If they can see you getting a good job, they will be more apt to agree.

See:
http://www.indianchild.com/india_biotechnology.htm
http://www.hindu.com/2004/06/09/stories/2004060902481800.htm
http://www.monsantoindia.com/ for some sites to give you ideas. Check some other areas to be able to show them it is a good field.

Since you have graduated in Instrumentation, perhaps you can get a job where the company may help you with further schooling or where you can save enough to go on in the field of your choice.

Although you must be respectful of your family, you must also follow your heart. It is much better to be working in a field that you enjoy and are interested in. Also, you usually are more skilled in such a field.

Best wishes in your career and in getting into the field of your choice. Let me know how things turn out.

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Wants job in Indiia

May 30, 2004

Question

Hi!

I am a BE in Mech Engg,and have graduated out in June 2002. I am 23 years of age and, am currently employed in a leading IT Consultancy firm.

I have received an admit from the University of Maryland College Park,USA for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering for Fall 2004. I have also received an offer of a Research Assistantship at the same university,and will be specializing in Electronic Products and Systems.

I intend to pursue a doctoral program(PhD) on completion of the 2 year Masters program,and wish to undertake research work in Mechatronics/Automation/Robotics.

I however,wish to return to India on completion of my studies.I would ideally prefer getting involved with research work within the industry, though I am open to academics too.

Could you please guide me on the career options I will have open before me,in India,on my return?What are the kind of companies/concerns/research organizations/institutions that I could apply to for a suitable position after completion of such higher education ?

Please also let me know,the web addresses of any links that I might find useful in researching my career plans on completion of my higher studies as stated above.

Do you think a PhD degree will dimish my chances of getting into hardcore industrial work?How much different will the job context in India be, between a Masters and a Doctoral Graduate?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Shirsho - India (3426)

Answer

Your field is one that should have many jobs available, both in the U.S. and India. With a PhD, there is always the option of doing research for a university. But there probably are more jobs available at the master degree level. Some students get a masters, work for a few years and then get their doctor's degree.

You might contact the following companies, just to see their future interest:
http://www.mte-india.com/
http://www.iitk.ac.in/robotics/general/about.html

Also resource to check is: http://www.dinesh.com/india/careers.shtml. They have a listing of many job and career sites in India. You can look through the jobs of interest and see if many desire someone with a PhD.

Best wishes in your career.

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Interviews

Wants to succeed in job interviews

March 25, 2004

Question

I want to succeed in interviews, be more self confident, and make a success of my life! However, no matter how many job interviews and tests I participate in, I have very low self-esteem. Some points and factors to think about would be helpful.

Christine - N. Ireland (2822)

Answer

A good exercise is to make a list of all the things you have achieved or accomplished since starting school. This can include, getting a good grade, graduating from school, winning a bet, getting a job, or such.

When you look at the list, you can see you have done more than you think. Give yourself a pat in the back for that. This can help build your esteem.

Also, when you look at accomplishments and successes you have had, it can build your confidence in those areas.

Now, your goal is not to only do well in a job interview, but also to get the job. It is like trying to sell a car to the person. You are trying to show that you are valuable to the company, such that they will want to hire you.

Make sure you present a good physical impression by dressing accordingly. Before you walk into the room, tell yourself that they are anxious to see you, and then walk in with confidence and a smile.

It is important to do some research on the company and the job requirements before you go on an interview. List experience or skills you have that are related to the job you are seeking. Think of things you have done that relate to the job and write out a short mini-story about the accomplishment. Keep them short and memorize these stories. During the interview, if a point comes up about a certain skill in which you have done, you can elaborate on it with your mini-story. That gives the impression that you have confidence in the task.

You must observe and listen carefully during the interview. Sometimes you must adjust your strategy, according to the other person's personality.

Best wishes in your job interviews. I am sure you do well and be on your way to becoming a success.

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Wants to be a software tester

February 7, 2004

Question

Hello,
I am fresh post graduate in computer science. I want to become a software tester. Is this field is open for a fresh graduate. Tell me
Bye

Abhishek - India (2282)

Answer

Many software companies need people to test their products as part of a quality assurance program. Typcially, you need to thoroughly know the application and how it is used. Many of these jobs are in companies to sell product to industry, as opposed to the general public.

Go to www.monster.com and do a search on software tester in your location or where you would like to live. You can see the listings and requirements.

Best wishes in your career.

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Struggling with a professional course

November 16, 2003

Question

i am an underweight person, short i am presently studying for a professional course. it's been 2yrs i joined it. i have not even passed the initial stage. i am 23 now , pressure is building upon me i want to clear the course, i have seriousness but been never able to put into my studies, i want earn a living look after my parents who gave everything to me
pls help me

nikhil - India (1255)

Answer

Perhaps the professional course you are taking is not something that you are really interested in or that you are good at. If you have spent 2 years and have not had progress, it may be the time to consider something else where you would be more successful.

Take a few steps back and evaluate yourself. Write on a paper all the things you like to do and that you like to spend your time. Then list all the things you can do well. Finally, look at those lists and decide on which ones you may be able to use in a job.

If you find what you really love to do, then you should pursue that interest. If you enjoy some type of work and are good at it, then you will be able to make the money to look after your parents and do other things you want.

I hope those thoughts help you find the way to a prosperous career.

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Interviews

Makes poor impression in interviews

November 7, 2003

Question

I am nervous when speaking in public. I do not know how to make my talk interesting and entertaining. During the interview, I always lost of words . This gives a negative inpression on me. After the interview has completed, then only I am able to think of the answers. This makes me unsuccessful during an interview

ISA - (1114)

Answer

It is important to prepare for an interview just as a person would prepare for a public speech. Think of the likely questions the person may ask and write them all down. For each question, write down an answer, as well as an elaboration or personal experience to give, if necessary.

An interview need not be entertaining, rather it should be informative.

Then simulate an interview, having a friend ask those questions and perhaps some other ones. By going through several practice interviews, you will be much better prepared to do a good job in the interview.

Also, just like some speakers will have note cards to remind them of points during a speech, you can have papers to show during the inteview that will help your presentation.

Best wishes on doing well in future interviews.

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What Companies Look For

Internet job postings

September 26, 2003

Question

Hello...I am a graduate student at Florida International University writing a paper on Internet Job Postings - Do They Work? There is very little in the literature and your site interested me because of your quiz...have you compiled any stats and if so I'd appreciate ant information you are willing to share.

Thank you...Karen Pomorski

Karen - (665)

Answer

Apparently, they work very well, as many companies have turned to websites such as Monster.com to look for workers.

You can check out www.monster.com, www.hotjobs.com, www.dice.com, and others to get information. They may even help you with statistics.

Another thing to try is to email someone seeking a job to see how many bites he or she got.

Best wishes in your paper. When you're through writing it, you can send it to us and we'll consider posting it.

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