Question of the Week: As you think about career possibilities, how much weight are you giving to things like income and job security vs. doing what you believe you would have a passion for – or at least enjoy doing for 30 to 40 years?

03/26/2014 12:00 AM

03/25/2014 1:50 PM

Tommy Tran, junior, Gregori High School

It’s all about finding the perfect mix of it all. You want to do something you actually enjoy and care for, but it should also be a job you know is dependable.

Lauren Stanislaw, senior, Beyer High School

Obviously, income and job security are important, but if I had to pick, I’d rather do something that I could really get into. If you’re smart about it and you keep trying, you could probably find some way to incorporate what you love into something that makes a profit. America has always thought of itself as a nation of entrepreneurs; there’s always going to be new opportunities, so maybe all you have to do is make the most of each one and see where it takes you.

Taylor Menezes, senior, Central Catholic High School

When I was looking into different college majors I might like to pursue, I took into consideration, first, my hobbies and interests, which immediately drew my eye toward ag. Then I thought about the different aspects of ag that I did or didn’t like. I’ve never been into crop production or the mechanics side of ag, so I started looking into animal science. Next, I decided to narrow it down to one species, which was a no-brainer for me, so I chose dairy science. I know I have chosen a good industry to go into, whether I start my own dairy, be a large-animal veterinarian or be a herdsman. I’ll be doing what I love and be making good money. Because whether people believe it or not, we need farmers, dairies and as many kids involved in ag as possible, now more than ever. Plus, the dairy business will always be there; we need milk to make a lot of things we use today. So I know the money and the passion for my job will always be there, too.

Gabriella Germann, sophomore, Central Valley High School

Although enjoying your career is very important, I think that it is almost more important to keep in mind job security, income and unemployment rates in that profession. If you aim to enter the job field of an occupation you love, it won’t be worth much if you can’t get a job.

This question is answered by members of Teens in the Newsroom,

a journalism program for local high school students.

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