What is the most important part of a career?

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Hi,

ingenious_forest here,

I have been wondering over the past few days, what is most important about a career?

I have been thinking about his since I first came across a recent article by Tom:

What's most important in a job?

There was a post from strong_tomato, who said:

"Jobs are not as great as a career, the title should have been "What do you think is the most important in a career?"

This got me thinking:

What is the most important part of a career?

  • Is it the beginning of your career?
  • Is it the end of your career?
  • Could it be the high point of your career?
  • Could it be the low point of your career?

All these questions I aim to answer in this post.

Firstly the question; Is it the beginning of your career?

I would argue that this is probably the most important part of your career.

If you do not get off to a good start in your career, then that would stay on your CV (a CV is like a permanent record of all your jobs, and what happened in those jobs) until you retired. That could be a long time, you could even not ever retire, so that problem that you had in your first few jobs, has hindered you all your life, and so you have not been able to get the most out of your life on this world.

Secondly the question; Is it the end of your career?

This is also a very important part of your career, I wouldn't say it is the most important, but it is quite important:

If you have a bad beginning and middle of your career, then you have a chance, not to put those wrongs right, but to use the choices you made then, to improve on, and slowly level the playing field on your CV.

the end of your career is also very important as, if you get a good, well-paid job at the end of your career, then you are able to save the money earnt during that job to go towards your pension and the end of your end of life.

Another question I wrote above is; Could it be the high point of your career?

I do not think that this is quite as important as the previous questions, but you can use the memories from the high point of your career to carry that on as long as possible and work towards a better end of your life, and pension credit. at the high pint of your career, you can also use your memories, and store them away to enjoy when you retire and are able to do whatever you want in the world.

The final question I put up above was; Could it be the low point of your career?

I think this is also not as important as the previous ones, but it can be important for some people;

If you are at the low point of your career, you can use the mistakes you mase to alter how you work in future, e.g:

If you do not complete enough work in one job, and you are put on a warning, then you try to gradually - not as fast as you can - up the speed of your work.

The mistakes you make are important in life, as Alexander Pope said:

"To err is human,"

And as Vince Lombardi said:

"Only perfect practice makes perfect."

Overall, I think that the above 4 questions are the 4 most important parts of your career, but overall the most important part of your career would probably be - not everybody is the same - the beginning of your career, for all the reasons mentioned previously, and because that is one of the hardest points of life and a career, and if you are able to get through that; starting work, having your own house, living on your own steam etc, then you will generally do well in life.

Thank you for reading my post, and if you have any questions, please comment below.

ingenious_forest

Comments (32)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    02 Nov 2020

    You've weighed up several points of view here, ingenious_forest, and come to a conclusion that shows careful consideration of all. Would you still say the start of one's career is most important if it has been severely affected by the lockdowns of this year?

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    1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 03 Nov 2020

      Hi Tom,
      Thank you for reading my post,
      If I am being completely honest, I would still think that the beginning of one's career is most important, especially with the pandemic and lockdowns over the past year.
      I know that a lot of people if asked this question, would say that no, the beginning of a career is not the most important due to the pandemic.
      I do seriously think that for quite a few of the same reasons in my post above, that because of the lockdown, the start of a career is even more important than before. Then people can take from it, the fact that they got through the pandemic, they survived, they still earnt enough money, and they will know what to do in the middle of a crisis; they do what they did in the pandemic, keep a cool head, and survive!
      I really do believe this, and I hope you are able to see this from my point of view as well.
      Thank you again for reading my post,
      ingenious_forest

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    02 Nov 2020

    Hi ingenious_forest,
    I would just like to ask what you think is more important - a part time job that earns you lots of money, or a full time job that earns you less? Also, what if you enjoy a job more than another but you have greater skill in the one you enjoy less? Finally, having a passion for something is important, so how might it affect your productivity when working?
    Thanks for reading,
    eager_reflection

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    1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
      eager_reflection's comment 03 Nov 2020

      Hi eager_reflection,
      Thank you for your comment, those are some really good questions asked, and I can see that you have really read through my post carefully!
      For your first question; "what do you think is more important - a part-time job that earns you lots of money, or a full-time job that earns you less?"
      I would say that a part-time job that earns you a lot of money would be better - not more important - because it earns you more money than a full-time job, and you have spare time to do other things that you like as well.
      For your second question; "what if you enjoy a job more than another but you have greater skill in the one you enjoy less?"
      This is my favourite question, I would say that if you were going to answer it in a shallow way, then it would be the enjoyable job, but if you looked at it further, then it has a much deeper meaning;
      The job you enjoy more will give you pleasure, but you may not be paid a lot, and the job that you have a greater skill at will not give you as much pleasure, but you may be paid more. I would like to hear your thoughts on this question, and so I can answer it better, I would like you to give me examples of two jobs, and which one is paid more or less.
      And finally; "having a passion for something is important, so how might it affect your productivity when working?"
      I would say to this question that, if you have a passion for a job or skill, then you should follow it. I will probably not affect your productivity during that job, as if you enjoy it, then you will want to spend more time doing it. If you are coming from a different angle, and you want to know if you have a passion for a job, and so you are thinking about it the whole time when working, then yes, it will affect your productivity.
      Thank you for these amazing questions, and please comment again so I can answer your second question in more detail,
      ingenious_forest

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        ingenious_forest's comment 03 Nov 2020

        This is an excellent response - I really like how you are answering, showing excellent listening, but also challenging eager_reflection to provide their own responses and reflect critically on their own questions. Well done!

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      2. Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
        ingenious_forest's comment 03 Nov 2020

        Hi ingenious_forest,
        thanks for asking my questions, and I will now give the scenario that you asked for in question 2.
        This person really enjoys childminding, but doesn't really know what to do in certain areas of this field, like when they start crying. They only do this when they are free. On the other hand, this person is also a lawyer, as a full time job. They are good at arguing and has won lots of cases for people. Unfortunately, they did not enjoy it as much because sometimes people just would not listen to what they had to say. Children, they thought, are quite obedient at a young age, and they think they are cute. They do not earn much money at all for childminding, as it is a manual job, but they earn quite a lot for their profession, in this case it would be a lawyer.

        Personally, I agree with you when you said that the enjoyable job is better, because sometimes, money is not what matters, but it is happiness that you should treasure most. Lots of people can argue over money, but you cannot do that with happiness.
        Thanks again,
        eager_reflection

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        1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
          eager_reflection's comment 08 Nov 2020

          Hi eager_reflection,
          Thank you for commenting again,
          I think these two jobs would probably be hardest to leave as if you enjoy childminding and working with children, then you are going to want to stay in that job for a while. But the same can be said for a lawyer; you get paid a lot, so you stay in the job, you enjoy getting paid a lot, so you stay in the job. But you do not enjoy the job itself, and you feel that if you leave, you won't be getting enough money.
          As you said in your comment, I have probably answered this already, but this is using your examples, so you can hopefully understand it better.
          If I used the example of a bus driver, who doesn't get paid a lot but enjoys their job, versus a politician who gets paid a lot but doesn't enjoy their job. If that was me in that situation, then I would choose the bus driver job, as I would enjoy chatting with my passengers, rather than arguing with people all the time, but being paid a lot.
          I hope this has answered your question well,
          ingenious_forest

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School jovial_eel | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    03 Nov 2020

    I think the start of your career is the most important because it is where everything starts

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      jovial_eel's comment 03 Nov 2020

      Would everyone agree with that or might some people say your career is an ending?

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      1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 03 Nov 2020

        Hi Olivia,
        I know I am not jovial_eel, but I would like to answer your question;
        I do not know if I have interpreted this correctly, but I would say that if your career is an ending, then maybe you may want to get some more enjoyment out of it, and maybe start a job you have wanted to do all your life if possible, or start to think about what you most enjoy in life, and follow your dreams.
        If you meant that your career is ending then I would say the same as above but with one difference; maybe you need to think about why your career is ending, and what you can do to make your career stronger if it is down to you your career is ending, such as you have been fired for misconduct in the workplace, or something along the same lines.
        Once again, I know I am not jovial_eel, but I hope I have answered this in the way you expected,
        ingenious_forest

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        1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
          ingenious_forest's comment 03 Nov 2020

          Thanks, for your response. Everyone is welcome to reply! I wanted you to think about why a career might not be a beginning. For example, it could be an ending to your time in formal education. Having said that, I think the first half of your comment answers the question.

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        2. Lyons Hall Primary School jovial_eel | Lyons Hall Primary School D
          ingenious_forest's comment 05 Nov 2020

          I would because it is the start of everything because you are in uni or college and it is actually the time enjoy your job so when you are old you can have a retirement and rest in peace

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      2. Lyons Hall Primary School jovial_eel | Lyons Hall Primary School D
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 05 Nov 2020

        I would because it is the start of everything because you are in uni or college and it is actually the time enjoy your job so when you are old you can have a retirement and rest in peace

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School assertive_boysenberry | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    04 Nov 2020

    This is an amazing post. It must have taken you ages!

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg spectacular_language | Upton Cross Primary School
    06 Nov 2020

    Hi ingenious_forest, I really liked your post because it gave me lots of thoughts in my head about exactly what is the main part of a career and I know there maybe lots.The thing which really stood out for me is that you've told everyone what CV means and I didn't know what that meant.I also liked the way you gave a brilliant explanation of why this may be a important part of a career.
    -spectacular_language

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      spectacular_language's comment 09 Nov 2020

      Excellent listening skills (through reading ingenious_forest's post!) on show here! Do you have any questions you would like to ask others based on it?

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  • Hammond School logo peaceful_raccoon | Hammond Junior School B
    06 Nov 2020

    I feel like the most important part of the career is the beginning; starting off hard with little knowledge apart from the basics of that job, trying to makes me friends who work with the job without feeling lonely and negative while doing the job, it makes you concentrate less. The lows are good learning points, take the information of what you got wrong, collect it all up and start over again with that information of what you did wrong and try not to make the same mistake again. The highs are good, because they give you more encouragement to try and do the same thing or try to do something even better, to give you more encouragement than you have ever had before. The end of your career is also good because you head off with that important knowledge, but the most is the enjoyment of your job, and the most unforgettable and enjoyable time you've ever had and you ever will have.

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  • Beverley-St-Nicholas-logo-250x250.jpg enlightened_iceberg | Beverley St Nicholas Primary School
    07 Nov 2020

    I think the most important part of your career is at the start because you are trying something new .

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  • Hammond School logo helpful_cricket | Hammond Junior School B
    12 Nov 2020

    This was really fascinating

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_earth | Michael Faraday School
    12 Nov 2020

    Hi ingenious_forest.
    I found this post really interested . I liked that you referred to Tom's post.
    Good job.

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  • Hammond School logo determined_tennis | Hammond Junior School B
    12 Nov 2020

    Well I have a couple of points the first is you need to learn
    Second For the brands becuase they might need some employees
    Finally Money for the bills

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  • cherished_photograph | Whyteleafe School E
    14 Nov 2020

    the most important thing of a career is the etucation because you have to have lots of ejucation.

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  • Maudene-logo-250x250.jpg openhearted_nation | Maundene School
    17 Nov 2020

    I believe that the most important thing in a job ls being my comfortable in what job industry you do and being happy in what you are doing .

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School freespirited_cockatoo | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    23 Nov 2020

    I believe the most important thing in a job is if your a teacher helping children but if you a doctor helping people get better

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School giving_tamarind | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    23 Nov 2020

    I believe the most important job is ( I have a few ) doctor and nurses because they cure people teacher because they give children an education and builders because they give you a home.

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  • unconventional_bat | Whyteleafe School E
    24 Nov 2020

    I think the most important parts of a career is enjoying it! c:

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  • grateful_lobster | Whyteleafe School D
    24 Nov 2020

    The most important part of your career is the start because if you have a terrible start you may never recover from that.

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