Your choice of career can come from many different directions and perspectives. However, some jobs are more or less risky than others. And the more risk that is involved, the more your personal safety has to be a dynamic priority. Some jobs are hazardous because of where you are, and other jobs are risky because of what you do. But regardless of where the risk factor is coming from, you have to do everything possible to mitigate that if you plan on having a career in the field. [Read more…]
At the beginning of the year 2009, a Chinese friend told me that astrologers predicted that it would be the worst year for a lot of people. I dismissed it offhandedly, saying that no one can predict such things. Unfortunately, it did turn out to be rather bad for a LOT. In terms of career, here are the worst hit jobs in the past year, courtesy of MSN Career Builder.
Architects – according to statistics, many architects did not survive the year. A whopping 17.8 percent lost their jobs in the first three quarters of 2009 alone! This is not really that surprising as not many were into building in the past year.
Carpenters – what happened to the architects happened to carpenters as well. Throughout the various levels of the carpentry profession, job losses were experienced in the past year. The numbers are quite shocking – around 270,000 carpenters lost their jobs in 2009.
Pilots – now this is quite a surprise, isn’t it? I would have thought that being a pilot afforded reasonable job security. However, all the issues facing the airline industry also extended to the pilots. In the past year, jobs for pilots (as well as flight engineers) spiraled down by 30.4 percent!
Computer (software) engineers – this is also a surprise for me. I have always thought that this profession was stable. The figures quoted were for the American job market, though; and the reason for the decline in jobs was that they were outsourced to countries where the labor is cheaper.
There is a longer list at MSN if you’re interested.
Now enough bad news. In a couple of days, we will be leaving 2009 behind and we will be welcoming a brand new year. Let’s take on a more positive outlook, shall we?
Have a kid who’s going to college but hasn’t decided which course to take or where to go? For you, its hoping that they pick the right course and college or else waste time and money on transfers. For them, they have to realize that they’ll be going there for the next couple of years of their lives as they pursue the tools for a career.
No worry though, for there are tons of resources available through the internet that can help both you and your child choose the best courses and colleges to go to. Many schools have their own web sites as part of their online campaign but searching for them one by one is kinda’ like looking for a needle in a haystack. It also becomes confusing for the truth is, most offer the same courses and have the same facilities so college tips are a must for the best choice. Get to see the college’s profile before you even leave your home for a visit saving you time and money.