Without already having a career in a field, how can you tell what it’s really like? There are always advertisements of some sort or another. There are always depictions on TV and in movies. But how could you really get your finger on the pulse of what it means to be in a profession on a day-to-day basis? One way is to find someone in that profession who has a blog! It sounds so simple when you think about it. Just find someone who regularly writes about what their day is like inside of that career field, and you’ll get a pretty accurate, non-biased and non-commercialized view of your potential future …
Medical Field Intrigue
Say you are looking to get into the medical field. That means med school, internships, long days, and longer nights. Other than those generalized concepts, where can you look to get more details? Medical blogs! There are some really fascinating perspectives from doctors, nurses in training, college students, and researches, and all they want to do is share their experiences. They can be funny or serious, tongue-in-cheek or feedback-based. Click through a few and find out where your personality and your passion would fit into the mix.
Political blogs can be particularly interesting because of partisan opinions. If you want to get into any kind of career dealing with politics, definitely check out how the writing is done, and what the writing is done about. Yes, it will be made for public consumption, but the more you know about how politicians and their aids convey information, the more you’ll understand if you want to throw your hat into that particular ring. And remember, it is just politicians that are involved in politics – there are countless other jobs that support the system, so be sure to consider them as well.
Educators love writing about education. Whether it is personalized or academic, the notes and musings of teachers and administrators in their public or private blogs will give you insight into the industry. They share tips, tricks and techniques to better educate children, and they also share frustrations and successes. If your career choice is sitting on a general “I want to help people” platform right now, by following and reading educator and educational blogs, you’ll be filling in the blanks about what daily activities are, and also of the problems and solutions of a typical workday.
Regardless of your career interest, following blogs of people who are in that field can be tremendously beneficial. It’s not a great idea to just read one and assume it is total reality though, so be sure to pick up a good handful you can trust to get multiple perspective on complex career choices.