More than one way to score that perfect job


Persistent stress can make the mind spin, lead to illness and ruin relationships. The constant push to get things done and live up to expectations is a heavy burden.

For many, the emotional toll starts in high school. As students begin mulling over career options and building a future, the pressure to perform gets real. In addition to earning top grades, students must fulfill a growing list of extracurricular requirements to even be considered for a coveted spot in a top-tier university.

College is indeed a noble goal, but not necessarily attainable by all. There are many paths to success, and it’s OK if a young person needs extra time to figure things out. As graduation approaches, students will need to keep an eye on community colleges, trade schools, apprenticeships and internships as they take their first steps toward fulfilling life’s goals.

For those who are still undecided, jobs in the service industry can provide valuable work experience.

While a college degree will maximize a person’s earning potential, non-tangible qualities such as initiative and perseverance are not to be underestimated. Companies are eager to hire workers with integrity and a can-do attitude.

A young woman we know began a sought-after career in the video game industry doing quality assurance for a major gaming company. She worked her way up to editor by showing her employer she had what it takes to get the job done.

Interested in the field of medical care? How about starting as a nursing assistant to get a feel for the trade.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and careers aren’t either. There is more than one way to find that perfect fit.

A practical learner, the son of an Acorn employee, acquired specialized skills on the job after joining a small tech company at age 19. Soon, he was providing service to high-end customers. He later got a union job in the hopes that this approach would serve his family needs the best.

We respect and admire students who make it straight to a four-year university. We need them. Doctors need to be educated and ready as they cannot do on-the-job training. But as a society, we must also value those who choose practical and creative trades to attain self-sufficiency.

Check out the Moorpark College and Simi Institute for Careers and Technology websites for ideas.

If you are a student looking for a vocation or an adult seeking a new career, don’t stress. Take it slow, explore your options and you will find your passion.