What are Shmoop Career Resources?
Check out this video to learn how Shmoop’s Career Resources could help you find the right career. That’s how we got into the wonderful world of underwater basket weaving. This whole “Shmoop” thing is just a side gig.
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an important distinction between the two. Jobs pay you cash for hours of your life you’ll
never get back. Is a burger flipper really any better at flipping burgers after 20 years
on the job? Careers, however, give you the opportunity
to learn, to grow, and to embrace a new way of living. Something… better.
A lawyer is better after 20 years. So is a doctor. And an investment banker. There’s
a reason they call what they do “practice.” But even people like professional athletes,
chefs and cinematographers, like fine wine, get better with age.
It makes sense that you’d get paid less money to perform a job than a career. It doesn’t
take much skill to shovel driveways or walk dogs.
Basically, anyone can perform a job. But to build a career, you must be educated
or trained in a particular craft. Shmoop covers jobs; but we love careers. And
getting the right career that really works for you is pretty much the best investment
you can make with your education. We think you should aim higher than scrubbing toilets.
No, not scrubbing ceilings either. Even higher. At the same time, we’re going to make sure
you keep it real. If you’re a 6 foot tall dude with a vertical leap of 20 inches, you’re
simply not gonna make it in the NBA. If you’re allergic to pet dander, you may
not make the best veterinarian. And if you pass out at the sight of blood
and guts, you’d be a terrible surgeon. Don’t waste your time practicing free throws,
hunting flies or dissecting frogs. Instead, devote that time to doing your math homework.
Accountants make a great living, don’t have to live in constant fear of being out of a
job, and can become nationally ranked in the sport of paper triangle football.
Is living a life of glamor important to you? If so, is your definition of glamor what you
see on MTV Cribs? Is that glamor in real life? Or can you find
it owning a nice home with debt you can manage, and with the ability to give your kids everything
they could want in life? We’re not saying you have to give up on
your dream. You just need to be knowledgeable about what
to expect, and you should have a solid Plan B. Suppose you put all your eggs in the F16
Fighter Pilot basket but find out down the road you have too weak a stomach for the job?
Just because you encounter a snafu along the way doesn’t mean you won’t have picked
up some valuable skills. Maybe you can put your military know-how to
use in some other capacity, or perhaps you can fly planes that don’t do loop-de-loops
and fly Mach 5. Or maybe you’ll just sit in a comfortable
chair and design flight simulators. If you’re feeling queasy, at least you’ll be able
to get to the facilities quickly. Not sure of your dream job? Shmoop Careers
will help you figure it out. Ask yourself – what are your priorities?
Which of the 5 “w”s are most important to you? Wealth?
Wit? Wire-haired fox terriers?
The idea is that you create for yourself a life worth living. According to an actuarial
table, you likely have at least 60 years left to
live. What do you wanna do with them? Hang with us. Let us tickle the career bone
in your brain. Our guide is constantly growing, and we know
not every career under the sun is currently represented on the site.
Got a career that ain’t here? Like grammar policewoman? Let us know! It’s likely we
already have it on our list, but if not, we’ll add it. And we’ll check it twice.
The rest of your life is out there, waiting for you.
Isn’t it time to start thinking about what your future holds? Or, at the very least,
to entertain some final, fleeting fantasies of becoming a member of Delta Force?
If you’re ready for the Real Poop, Shmoop is here for you. We’ll hand you the keys
to success – just try to have the car back in the garage before ten.