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October 21, 2011
The Last Word on Jobs

Steve Jobs was a mentor for people in all jobs. With tremendous passion, this revolutionary set the bar on how to work and how to live. In 2005 Mr. Jobs told Stanford graduates: "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

In today’s market, finding that love is not often easy and can involve six scary letters: c h a n g e. Maya Angelou said: “If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Good advice, but change is a big word. It’s definitely not at the top on everybody’s fave list because it calls for adjustments. Change is a disruption in lifestyle, and one that becomes less embraced with age.
Yet in our changing world, job changes have become the new constant. Sad as it sounds, many occupations no longer exist. The following jobs, once respectable, sustainable positions, are totally obsolete today:  
Elevator Operator
While technology has understandably replaced many of the antiquated positions listed above, the jobs below, which may currently be held by friends, neighbors, and family, are soon ready to hang out the “Do NOT” rather than “Do Apply Within” shingle:
Postal service worker
Photo processor
Record-store owner
So how do you choose a job that will NOT become the next dinosaur? For starters, check out some recession-proof jobs with expected future growth: 
1. Mental Health Counselor, $37, 840            
2. Forensic Science Technician, 48,150
3. Financial Analyst, $77,280
4. Dental Hygienist, $62,430
5. Skin Care Specialist, $29,550
6. Computer Software Engineer, $87,250
7. Database Administrator, $67,460
8. Veterinarian, $81,490
9. Performance Make Up Artist, $36,730
10. Personal Home Care Aide, $18,180
But in order to make job transitions, skills often need to be updated. The good news is: It’s possible to start the process for FREE through various courses available online.

iTunes Education Spotlight
recently presented an Entrepreneurship series with FREE courses and lectures called iTunes U for fall 2011 through UC Berkeley’s 14 colleges and schools.
And, HP Learning Center also offers FREE courses (they change monthly) that can help boost technical abilities in the areas:
Digital Photography
Home Office
Microsoft Office and Adobe
PC Security and Maintenance
Business Basics
IT Professionals
While these are only a couple of great sites, there are plenty more to discover, including tons of learning apps to download. All of them are excellent, (free) opportunities that can boost skills, refresh a resume, and open new doors to jobs…whether you’re on your first, second, or third-plus career. 
Ms. Angelou, the poet, believed that attitude was the core to happiness achieved by choosing a positive view in all situations, i.e. jobs. She was on the same track as Steve Jobs, the visionary who with his mindful spirit ended his speech to the Stanford grads that day in 2005 with these inspiring words about jobs:

"If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on."

Ironically, Mr. Jobs’ surname was amazingly fitting for a person who had tremendous effects on everything related to jobs, especially when advocating his beliefs of the expectations people should hold for their own jobs…including jobs of change.

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Phyllis Briskman is a verse contributor and does PR/marketing. She sharpened her first pencil as retail fashion copywriter, writing to count before Twitter tweeted its first hello. Later, she flew the cubicle to do freelance creative becoming a writer of all trades, from beauty to fitness for catalogs, magazines, and websites. Born to brainstorm, she's named retail businesses and website domains. She loves quick wit, survives on laughter, is a little hokey, but aims to please because that’s what life’s all about.

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