Choosing work

The following list occupations will help you decide what sort of work is right for you. Assume that you have the necessary qualifications and training and can do the work. Take pairs of occupations and decide which one you would prefer. Make a note of why you have chosen it. Continue for as many pairs as you wish. When you have finished look at the reasons you have given to discover what is important for you in choosing work.

When you make your choice, try to choose the positive reason why you prefer one occupation to another. This will give you more useful information than focusing on rejecting the one you don’t like. Choose fairly quickly, it is OK to have several criteria of choice, so don’t force yourself to be consistent.

You can download the list as an editable Word table in alphabetical or random order by clicking the links.

A brief example should make this clearer.

Occupations

Choice

Reason(s)

Comment

Bookmaker or

Bricklayer


Bricklayer

Adding real value

Politician or

Post person


Politician

Challenge

Shopkeeper or

Singer


Singer

Producing something beautiful

A random list of occupations

Occupation

Choice

Reason

Comments

Actor/Actress

Baker

Bookmaker

Bricklayer

Burglar

Bus driver

Butcher

Candlestick maker

Car salesperson

Clerk

Computer programmer

Croupier

Dentist

Doctor

Doctors receptionist

Farmer

Electrician

Fashion buyer

Fighter pilot

Film Producer

Financial Analyst

Footballer

Forester

Gardener

Graphic artist

Grave Digger

Hairdresser

Holiday Rep

Journalist

Lecturer

Machine tool operator

Management consultant

Market Gardener

Marketing manager

Mechanic

Member of Parliament

Model

Nurse

Painter

Plumber

Police Officer

Politician

Post person

Priest

Publican

Publisher

Racing car driver

Refuse Collector

Restaurant Owner

Sailing instructor

Sales representative

Schoolteacher

Shop Assistant

Shopkeeper

Singer

Soldier

Spy

Stockbroker

Surgeon

Taxi Driver

Thatcher

Trapeze Artist

Undertaker

Vet

Welder

Wrestler

Writer

If you would like help using this idea, or have any comments or questions please contact me. Thanks, Nick