The problem of choosing the future profession has always been very important. The profession a person chooses in many ways determines his future life. This is a universal problem of our epoch. Every generation in this or that way comes across it. For most people choosing a career is not an easy task as when they have to make it they are quite young and unexperienced. It is one of the most important decisions one makes in life. The properly chosen career makes a person happy and successful for the rest of his life. And a wrong choice can make him dissatisfied with his future job and life.
There are several factors that influence the decision of young people to make their choice. They concern material and spiritual aspects of the future profession. It is generally believed that profession should be both prestigious and interesting. Everybody wants to benefit from the social privileges provided by the profession. At the same time other factors are important. Much depends on the inclinations and interests of the person. Although it is wonderful when one's hobby becomes one's profession it seldom happens in reality. Thus a lot of young naïve people decide to realize in profession one of their interests or hobbies thinking that study of it will be amusing and exciting. But actually study in every area of knowledge includes a lot of serious and sometimes boring subjects. That is why young people can be sometimes disappointed by the chosen profession and can give up their study. Another important factor is social environment. The profession of the parents often in this or that way influences the future profession of their children. Today we have dynasties of physicians, historians, lawyers, economists, pilots, and military officers [3: 21-22].
It is impossible to forget about the material aspect of the future profession. It indicates the level of the society's values. Today all professions can be classified as prestigious and not prestigious. The problem of prestige is subjective. Nobody can explain the meaning of this notion. "Prestigious" jobs give a chance to an individual to enter the upper circles of the society. When the job is prestigious money is sometimes of secondary importance. The future profession should be also interesting and meet the demands of the person. Unfortunately a lot of young people only think of prestige and material aspects choosing their future profession. But later when they will start work they might understand that they don’t have moral satisfaction at all [2: 39-40]. For me, choosing a career is not only a matter of future prestige. In my opinion, a job should be interesting and socially important. That is the reason why I have chosen the profession of a lawyer, which gives plenty of opportunities to help people in troubles.
I think the sooner a person chooses his future profession the better it is. Then he can concentrate more on the subjects he will need for the university and attend specialized classes to be well prepared for the entrance exams. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the necessity of making a conscious choice of the future profession. Some people just want to receive some higher education and they are mistakenly sure that they will find some work anyway because they will have a diploma.Some pupils simply follow blindly the footsteps of their parents, relatives or friends. Such approach can bring to terrible mistakes. It is necessary to take into consideration your own inclinations and interests. A person primarily should listen to himself and not only to the recommendations given by others. He should not keep company with the friend following his choice, too. So choosing a future profession a person should be very conscious and he shouldn’t just follow his life passively.
After having chosen a professional area you would like to work in, young people usually enter a relevant university. But that doesn’t mean the final choice because after a couple of years of study you should choose a narrow specialization in this profession. Choosing a professional career is like any other activity - it is best to work to a plan. Too many people start looking for a specific job before thinking out their occupational aims. It is a good idea to begin by attempting to define in clear terms what your requirements are from a career. This involves taking a realistic view of your strengths and weaknesses [1: 35-36]. You may think for example, that you would like a job which involves organizing people, but liking such a job is not a sufficient justification if experience you already may have suggests that this is not your strong point. On the other hand, you should remember that training will equip you to do new things. So in my opinion a student should try working temporarily to get real professional experience which will help to choose his specialization. A further point to consider is how far you will be willing to do for a time things which you do not like knowing that they are necessary to achieve your longer term objectives. Having thought carefully about the sort of person you are, try to work out a realistic set of occupational requirements. In particular, you can answer to important questions. First: what sort of life do you want to lead? For example, do you want to live in the country or in the city? Is leisure time of great importance to you? Is the size of your salary important? Do you want to put down roots or travel widely? Second: what sort of work do you want to do? For example, do you like working alone or with others? Do you want to be an organizer of other people's activities? Do you want to develop new ideas and initiate changes?
My dream has always been to become a lawyer. I have chosen this profession as my future occupation a long time ago. As a child, I listened to my parents discussing professional matters. Little by little, I got interested in the subject and began thinking of law as my prospective occupation.
For me, choosing a career is not only a matter of future prestige. In my opinion, a job should be interesting and socially important. That is the reason why I have chosen the profession of a lawyer, which gives plenty of opportunities to help people in troubles. I entered to the Russian State Social University and I like it very much. Actually I believe if you want to receive knowledge you will receive it anywhere. I think to become a lawyer is my final decision and I hope that I have made correct choice.
To avoid mistakes, I discussed career prospects with my friends and parents. I have made up my mind to be a lawyer. As my farther is a lawyer he has made a great influence on my choice. My decision about the occupation didn't come as a sudden flash. I think that nowadays this profession is of great need and importance to our country. It is my aim to be a qualified specialist and to serve the interests of my country.
Of course I know that today the most popular professions are lawyers and economists. These professions are prestigious. Law and Economics students are better motivated to do their best because they have clearly set goals. Their competence and knowledge, required by the developing business economy, are well paid. So nowadays there are too many graduates from Law and Economics faculties and it is possible to find good jobs but there is a lot of competition. That is why a successful lawyer should always be aware of all the latest changes in law, for example with the help of such programs as Consultant Plus. Additional knowledge of accountancy and foreign languages will a great advantage because Russia is an active participant of global business and economy. To be a well prepared lawyer I should also have such important qualities as great persistence and eloquence. I hope that my qualities combined with the knowledge would be quiet enough to succeed in my future work.
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