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Saturday, March 24 2001

More career paths

The job list shared here yesterday is no doubt incomplete, but I think it includes most of the work paths that give most freedom with good remuneration. Thankfully, few think of going into religious service as an attractive occupation, but of the occupations listed, it probably has the greatest opportunity for the greatest freedom for the broadest swath of the population. Most religious communities can provide job opportunities to seminary graduates with average academic credentials, unlike stardom in entertainment or sports (being reserved to a tiny fraction of aspirants).

Some borderline next-tier opportunities: modeling, though the hours are long and until "super" status is achieved, the work is demanding. Journalism gives more freedom than most office jobs, though the "beat" or area of specialization requires competitive go-getting and lifelong learning (though that may be a feature, not a "bug"). I think the best opportunities in journalism are magazines and weekly newspapers. In the latter, two or three people do all the journalistic work, but also within guidelines they pretty much know before taking the job, have personal control over their schedules and priorities.The pay is usually substandard for comparable education (as, for example, public school teaching), and the job market continues to contract as more and more publications go out of business. Web work is the exciting new development in publishing and, I believe, its future, but at this point the competition for jobs is intense and the job descriptions are up for grabs.

Where does "business" fit in? In too many places to pigeonhole. My take is that it appeals mainly to family enterprise (and here is included farming as a family business); owning your own business makes you your own boss and brings many of the side benefits of other opportunities higher on the list, but usually entails extra-long work days, many talents (from salesmanship to bookkeeping to managing people), and dogged determination. Still, it probably offers the greatest opportunity to "grab the brass ring" for the greatest cross-section of people in the world's relatively free economies.

How big a factor is "security"? What place does "benefits" occupy?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Make requests specific

A married couple, both 60 years old, were celebrating their 35th anniversary. During their party, a fairy appeared to congratulate them and grant each one wish. The wife wanted to travel around the world. The fairy waved her wand and poof - the wife had tickets in her hand for a world cruise. Next, the fairy asked the husband what he wanted. He said, "I wish I had a wife 30 years younger than me." So the fairy picked up her wand and poof - the husband was 90.

Sent by Frank Charney

Lenten thought

Prayer is a great weapon, a rich treasure, a wealth that is never exhausted, an undisturbed refuge, a cause of tranquility, the root of a multitude of blessings, and their source. —St. John Chrysostom, fourth century
http://www.chrysostom.org/

Sent by Rdr. Andrew

Lenten thoughts (i.e., pertaining to repentance and spiritual growth, from any faith-community perspective) are solicited from readers.

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