Jennifer and her friends like to go out to workshops and other meetings that are organized to recruit people for certain causes. There was one recently with Investors Group, and I was talked into going to one of their symposiums for potential “financial consultants”. In short, that means people who sell life insurance, mutual funds and other vehicles. Not my idea of a career move, but I decided to see what the process was like.
As part of their routine, they ask you to fill out a Personal Orientation Profile. I will not reprint the whole thing, as that would be rather boring. However, the last section that summarized jobs and careers that would not be a good fit was quite enlightening:
- Avoid taking a job in a work situation which appears to be disorganized or which lacks a clear and functioning structure. If the position requires that you be responsible for both planning and carrying out the job, it may not be the position which will make the best use of your particular talents.
- Avoid jobs with organizations whose sole visible purpose is the amassing of profits. If the organization has not apparent human value or social merit to what it does, you would have difficulty in committing to its goals.
- Avoid working for any organization which you believe does not really appreciate its employees or provides incompetent or inadequate supervision.
- You should avoid a position where you are expected to perform an exclusively public relations role.
- You should avoid jobs which are simplistic, boring and intellectually undemanding. An environment that does not offer growth and learning opportunities would not appeal to you and would limit your likelihood of outstanding performance.
I have no objection to any of this, and everyone I know will most likely concur.