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We have anonymously surveyed thousands of people currently working in hundreds of different careers. We have asked them to tell us candidly various things about their careers and the schools they attended, to help people considering their career to understand things that aren't obvious. This website contains their responses.
Surprises: Useful information often goes against our pre-conceived notions, such as the things which surprised people most about their careers. This info is very difficult to get without hands-on experience, and could help you avoid picking the wrong career.
Best and Worst: It's easier to imagine the day-to-day work of a job, but harder to understand the very best and worst aspects of the job. So we asked thousands of people to lay it all out for us.
Tips: We convinced working professionals to share with us the tips they would give to people considering their career. They gave us thousands of pieces of great insider advice.
Business Accountant: "What surprised me about my career is that its not as simulating as I always thought it would be. My career consists of crunching numbers and sometimes it..."
Pharmacy Technician: "It's a good profession but it's very difficult to land that first job, especially when you received very poor trainning at your school and..."
Computer Programmer: "I was surprised by the wide array of prerequisites in the computer programming world - the same job at two different companies may have completely different..."
High School Teacher: "The worst parts of my job include the high stress environment. I always have to be on my toes and aware of what is going on in the classroom at all times. Also, parents are sometimes critical of teachers..."
Chef: "It surprised me that a culinary education left considerable skill gaps that can only be learned in a business setting (real restaurant). There is so much focus on..."
Paralegal: "It is possible to become a paralegal through on-the-job training, but for most employment opportunities it would be better to get a BA in pre-law or political science or an associate's degree in..."
Graphic Designer: "Tip one: Have with you a very killer demo reel. If you are pursing a career in graphics or animation you need to let your potential employer see that you are capable of doing the job that they are hiring for..."
Home Nurse: "I recommend working in a hospital or nursing home setting before becoming a home care nurse. A new nurse needs to..."
Hairdresser: "Most people who go into this career never stay with it or work in this field for a long time. Burnout happens really quickly..."