Explore Your Career Options Week is observed on the first full week of April and this year it will be marked from April 7 to 13. It is a week dedicated to reflecting on the status of your career, deciding on a future course, or planning a new one if needed. A career is one of the most important parts of your life, and all of us want it to be stable and well-planned. But sometimes, no amount of planning can help us prepare for what is yet to come. We are using this week to plan and assess the situation of our chosen path.
History of Explore Your Career Options Week
Our career is an integral part of our life. People started organized jobs once we learned to socialize and work with each other. People who worked together while hunting found better success and succeeded. This social trait helped us create large and organized societies with opportunities for everyone. People choose responsibilities that suit them better, and the practice soon created the first official jobs. The first jobs were simple, just like the first human tribes. Hunting, gathering, pottery, weaving, etc., were some of the earliest careers.
As we started to develop into large societies and civilizations, the jobs evolved to suit the more complex tasks needed in such a society. Artisans, traders, transporters, storekeepers, etc., developed over time. As language and scripts evolved, record-keeping also became an important role. But even when all these options were available, people did not choose some types of labor, creating a gap. This led to forced labor and slavery to fill the gaps of not so sought after jobs.
In modern society, we have the freedom to choose our careers. No one can force us to do something we are not comfortable with. But the number of options available can be overwhelming for some people. Sadly, some people cannot find a job that suits their passion and skill set. Explore Your Career Options Week is for people who want to start their career, change their career, or for those who want to seek other options. We can use this week to identify what we are good at, what we need in life, and to set our priorities straight.
Explore Your Career Options Week timeline
Illinois Legislature mandates an eight-hour workday through a bill, but many employers protested against this, leading to a massive strike in Chicago.
President Ulysses S. Grant releases a proclamation with standard eight-hour workdays, but only for government employees.
The average employee functioning time reaches 100-hour work weeks.
Eight-hour days and 40-hour work weeks are now standard practice.
Explore Your Career Options Week FAQs
Why is it important to explore your career options?
Exploring a career is an excellent way to understand different career options. It offers a peek into the pros and cons of your options and lets you choose wisely.
Is switching jobs a good idea?
Switching jobs can help people upgrade their professional reach and their workplace interests. It can also help to boost responsibilities and pay scale.
What is the lowest pay in the U.S.?
About $7.25 per hour and $2.13 per hour for tipped labor, as long as the combined hourly wage and tip equals the normal minimum wage.
How to Observe Explore Your Career Options Week
Spend a day analyzing your situation
Are you happy with your career? Spend a day analyzing your current situation and find out if you have to explore your career options.
Decide your future
Once you realize your career goals, the next step is to act. Decide if you have to choose a better career or want to learn more from your current job.
Help a friend
If you feel like you are in the right place, then you can help a friend. Some of them might be struggling, and your advice and support can help.
5 Noteworthy Facts About Workdays
A lifetime of work
A person working 40 hours a week will work around 90,000 hours by the age of 65.
The first resume
Leonardo Da Vinci is generally considered the first resume maker.
Filed and forgotten
Once something is filed, there is a 98% chance that the item will never be used again.
Lost and found
The average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files or other items.
Laziest Australian Day
Tuesday is Australia's most common sick day.
Why Explore Your Career Options Week is Important
A day to aspire for better
This is a day to make a change. We love when people dream bigger and decide to do something to change their current status.
We love change
Change may be intimidating for some people. But change offers new possibilities and room for growth. This is a day to start making that change, and we love it.
Best time to find where we belong
Not all jobs are made for everyone. There is no shame in admitting that you are not built for the career you have. We love this day as it encourages people to explore other career options.
Explore Your Career Options Week dates