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Hiro’s career exploration: Professor

About being a professor

First of all, let me talk about my MBPI results briefly. My personality type is INTJ, so I am kind of a perfectionist, private and creative person. Expected careers for INTJ people could be as a scientist, writer, doctor or professor. I have chosen to investigate the career of professor.

Next, I am going to talk about a professor’s work conditions. Basically, they do lectures or research, so their work places would be universities, high schools or labs. Actually, they do not have tight schedules except when they need to teach classes. They have 3~5 classes a week, and they do research or have meetings with students during the rest of the time. Many professors have a part-time job as a writer or commentator, but being a part-time teacher is the most popular thing.

Now I will talk about the way to become a professor. This is the basic way to be a professor, and of course there are some other ways. At first, a Ph.D. is needed! Getting this advanced degree will help your career move forward. To get a Ph.D., you will need to study at a grad school for at least 5 years, so the youngest age you could start your career would be at age 27.

Next, I will examine the job outlook for professors. The future prospects for would-be professors is decreasing in Japan. The main reason for this is the declining population. This is true not only in Japan, but also in the U.S.

Now I would like to talk about salary. I think most of you will want to know about this. Entry-level salaries are about four million dollars, and up to 12 million dollars can be earned for experienced professors. Of course you can earn much more money depending on what your part time job is.The following list shows you about the career path of a professor. At first, many people get a job as a teaching assistant when they are a graduate student. Actually, this is not a paying job. It is a kind of volunteer position that helps you gain experience. Then, after finishing graduate school, people start their career as an assistant professor at around the age of 27. Later, they become an associate professor in their middle of thirties to forties. Finally they can become a professor in their fifties. However, this is very traditional career path, and the situation will soon change.

In this section, I will talk about advantages and disadvantages of being a professor. First, professors can do what they want to do. In other words, professors research or study some academic field that they really interested in, and this is so attractive because most people do what they want as a hobby and it never makes them any money. In addition, professors have more free time compared with people who work for a company. Of course this is NOT free time actually, because they have many tasks including their research, class work, and some desk work. One more thing: professors have less stress than people working for company because they usually work individually so nobody watches over their work. However, professors need plenty of knowledge, so you have to study very hard. In addition, you need a vast amount of money to earn a Ph.D. This might be the biggest wall to becoming a professor. And, once you earn a Ph.D, really heavy competition is waiting for you. There are so many people waiting for job offers from universities.

Now I’d like to give you my final impressions about being a professor. Through my research for this presentation, I really got interested in the work of professors. Actually, I am looking for a job where I can really take advantage of my skills. The work professors do really hits me in my mind, and the working conditions are attractive to me. I am not sure what I will do after a couple of years, but becoming a professor might be my final career goal.

Chie’s career exploration: Financial Analyst

Hello, everyone. My name is Chie. Today, I am going to tell you about being a financial analyst.

According to my Myers-Briggs test results, my personality type was EMTJ. This means that I am very extroverted, and I like to have responsibility and be a leader. My personality fits some careers, such as bankers, labour relation leaders, project managers, and financial planners. From these results, I chose Financial analyst to research. Financial analysts help people decide on how to invest their money. They often work for banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, and securities firms.

Financial analysts work for a long hours. Sometimes, they work overtime and on weekends. In addition, their schedules are filled with telephone calls and meetings, and travel is a part of their work because they have to visit customers’ houses to discuss investments. Also, they have to be on call, so iit is difficult to do this part time because analysts have to work such long hours. Working as a financial analyst is also charged with high risk, for if they make mistake, it would be possible to make a company bankrupt.

Financial analysts need skills to successful, such as math, computer, and communication skills to explain difficult things to customers easily. A college degree in business, accounting, statistics, or fiance is also necessary, and an MBA is also desirable.

Regarding the job outlook for financial analysts, the number of employed in 2008 was 250,600. It is expected that this number will reach 300,300 in 2018. In May 2008, the lowest salary was $43,440 and the highest one was $141,070. To get promoted, analysts need four years of related experience and pass three exams, but their salary could be higher depending on their customers and the amount of achievement.

The advantages of being a financial analyst include good pay, having a lot of knowledge about the economy, and related careers for lateral transfer such as accountants and sale agents. Some disadvantages are the high risks, stress, the need to be decisive, and the years of study it takes to become an analyst.

As you know, before getting a well-paid job such as financial analyst, it is difficult to become because you have to learn a lot of things and get a graduate degree. Whether you will become one or not must be a big bet in your life. Moreover, you have high risk from deciding where to invest money. However, I think this is a good job because the costumers will be happy if you make a lot of effort at work. Money is important for every one’s lives, so this job is worth doing.