For those who are about to graduate college, or those considering switching careers, there is lots to take into consideration when evaluating your options. For some, pay rate and vacation time are the primary factors that are taken into consideration when selecting a new career. For others, an overall interest level and potential for advancement are factors that one would carefully consider when deciding which path is best for them.
One aspect that is often overlooked when it comes to different career path options is safety. In most situations, new job seekers will not consider how a new job or occupation could affect their health and safety down the road. For those working in more laborious jobs, like machinists and construction workers, safety is key to ensuring you are safe on the job.
When comparing your options, you will be faced with trade-offs that must be considered before signing papers that commit your time and devotion into a new career. Do you enjoy being outdoors? Perhaps you should consider a career where a great deal of time is spent outside of the home or office, enjoying the sunshine. Or, are you seeking a position where you are indoors, focusing on more technical aspects like computer work or design, where you can work from the comfort of your desk. It’s important to decide if a physical job is correct for your situation, then evaluate pay rate, time off work, benefits, and typical work schedule when trying to decide on a position.
There are so many jobs offered by employers, that you may find yourself having a difficult time making a decision if you are an applicable candidate for various industries. Setting yourself apart from other candidates applying for the same position can ensure you will stand out to employers and allow your application to be considered more closely. Additionally, sending follow up emails thanking employers for their time spent interviewing you, as well as showing a strong initiative for the position can all be positive aspects of your application. Furthermore, ask questions during your interview- it shows you are eager to learn more and become more knowledgeable within the industry or company you are applying to work.
Additionally, it’s vital to take the time and research the trends associated with your new position. You might be surprised with what you find out. Research the potential risk for injury on the job, or the exposure to dangerous chemicals or substances that may arise. From a past study, delivery drivers tend to be more involved with fatal accidents in comparison to other workers. Followed behind, construction workers and grounds maintenance workers make up the next section of highest on the job fatalities that were experienced. After this, comes agricultural workers who make up 118 of the total number of fatalities experienced on the job between the years 2003 – 2014.
When you are considering your next occupation, take time to fully evaluate the broad spectrum of possibilities that could occur when you enter into your new or first time position.