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Level Three - What Industry am I interested in?

Monday, September 07, 2009 07:12 | Emil Alisangco

My career interest took a turn after I left college.

     At one time, I had a dream of becoming an attorney. Supposedly, after graduating from liberal arts, I would directly enroll to law school, but fate altered my career path, but instead, I enlisted in the United States Navy, and off I went to Recruit Training Center - Boot Camp, San Diego, California.

     After serving honorably in the military, I took lots of memorable fun time experiences with me. I would not trade these unforgettable moments - military training, discipline, vocational trades, port-calls overseas...for anything else. My military trades helped land my first job - industry. 

I did not find my industry interest.

     I consider myself academically successful. Although, I consider myself jack of all trades, but I am constantly in search of an ideal industry of my dream. In retrospect, I need to have more trade skills, and be par with latest technology and have the right tools needed to compete in this volatile market. I do have to focus on what type of job interests me the most and its demand. I have to ask myself the question of what is it really that motivates me? I would like to pause for a moment and compose my thoughts on the essential ingredients to sustain life...hard work, dedication, persistence, goal setting, etc....Life indeed is full of complex challenges and surprises.

     Let me contemplate, and reflect on what kind of industry fits me the most. Some suggested to take a look at Health Care - Nursing, IT, R&D, Law Enforcement, Paralegal, Entrepreneurship, Business Consulting, etc .... I don't know the answers yet, but in my opinion, before I jumped further, into an industry of my choice, I would like to reflect on how to visualize myself in that industry.

    Visualization could mean something that I like to see happen, or exactly how I want to see that particular industry make a contribution to my future. In order to make it happen, I have to take few strides so I can enhance my interest and become successful.

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

     Owning a business is my industry of choice. Having said that, entrepreneurial opportunity gives me the drive and spirit to become successful. It opens more doors for growth and expansion, and thus, satisfy hefty profitability equals - financial independence.

     According to the Business Dictionary, "entrepreneurship is the capacity and willingness to undertake conception, organization, and management productive venture with all attendant risks, while seeking profit as a reward. In economics, entrepreneurship is regarded as a factor of production together with land, labor, natural resources, and capital. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking, and an essential component of a nation's ability to succeed in an ever changing and more competitive global market place."

      Today, anybody can be an entrepreneur. If someone has a particular talent for instance very knowledgeable working around with computers or abreast with the latest software and hardware technology, then that skills gained could be turn into a resource that people would be willing to pay for cash. Then owning a computer business would be a venture.

     Opening a small business somewhat does appeal to me, and it does not require a large working capital in the beginning. Anyone can start operating out at their home. You don’t require a personal secretary to do your dictation, or make your coffee, but maybe ask local merchants around for referrals and good reliable support group.

     Maybe from time-to-time when business booms, buying a place, it is cost-effective and beneficial to hire someone to do extra work. Hiring extra help for a reliable admin support person can sometimes mean a lot more - between success, or failure in relation to acquiring more clients, or losing them.

     There are many advantages of having a temp working for business. By having an extra person working at your business operation: First, it can save you time and money. It will eliminate the hassle for you doing your routine tasks such as: filing, answering phones, opening mails, etc. Second, you can focus on inviting new clients. And third, someone does answer your incoming calls, instead of your answering machine. If you operate individually, it's difficult to be out on the streets marketing your services and at the same time worried about clients calling.

     Owning a small business venture can be rewarding and profitable. Among the benefits are: First: low overheads. It does not require you to pay expensive utilities and rent. Second: there is always flexibility. There is plenty of time to enjoy taking time off to refresh outdoors by setting your own time as needed. Third, there is no need to beat the rush hour commute. For you work in the comforts of your place of business. And lastly, you can write-off the taxes as business expense and claim as tax-deductible.

     In closing, these are the top 10 thriving business opportunities for consulting: First, “accounting - is something that every business needs, no matter how large or small. Accounting consultants can help a business with all of its financial needs. Second, advertising - this type of consultant is normally hired by a business to develop a good strategic advertising campaign. Third, auditing - from consultants who audit utility bills for small businesses to consultants who handle major work for telecommunications firms, auditing consultants are enjoying the fruits of their labor. Fourth, business - know how to help a business turn a profit? If you have a good business sense, then you'll do well as a business consultant. Fifth, career counseling - with more and more people finding themselves victims of a corporate downsizing, career counselors will always be in demand. Career counselors guide their clients into a profession or job that will help them be both happy and productive as an employee. Six, communications - consultants specialize in helping employees in both large and small businesses better communicate with each other, which ultimately makes the business more efficient and operate smoothly. Seven, - computer consulting - from software to hardware, and everything in between, if you know computers, your biggest problem will be not having enough hours in the day to meet your clients' demands! Eight, human resources - as long as businesses have people problems (and they always will), consultants in this field will enjoy a never-ending supply of corporate clients, both large and small. Nine, insurance - everyone needs insurance, and everyone needs an insurance consultant to help them find the best plan and pricing for them. Ten, marketing – it helps a business write a marketing plan. It gives ideas that you feel will help promote a business."

      I hope anyone will gain valuable information from my blogs.




  • Monday, September 07, 2009 16:40 | Carol Grice
    OK shipmate Take a deep breath before you read this reply.. Here comes my sarcasm. How old will you be when you finally decide what you want to be when you grow up? I hate to see so much intelligence wasted when you could be doing so much in some chosen field while you sit on a stone wondering what to do next. Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Row out and meet it. How about medicine? Lots to be done in that field. Technology? Well, aren’t there tons of people in that field? So I would guess lots of competition.
    Hope you don’t get all bent out of shape because I’m being so factual. That’s who I am. One person tried to tell me that everyone would just say nice things to others. I told her that likely was not always the way it would be. At least not in my case, and I expect the same from others. If I annoy anyone, I don’t mind being told.
    So, let’s pull anchor and sail, or do I have to sound General Quarters?
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    • Tuesday, September 08, 2009 20:49 | Emil Alisangco
      Hi Carol,
      You can't measure accomplishment. It is ageless and timeless - infinite. I already knew what I want when I grew up. I did join the navy to see the world and ignored law school in Manila. I got my three degrees in the US. To me it means a lot.
      FYI "don't judge a book by its cover." I am not going to dwindle, or idle my time sitting on stone - this ain't no "Woodstock" revival.
      In the meantime, I am giving away free talents here, something that cost me dearly when I went to school.
      Right now, I am not wasting my God's given talents in token, I am sharing it to hopefully eliminate homelessness among veterans.
      And it's not a waste of my intelligence if I could help my fellow learners make a difference by making a contribution on what I learned from academia and true-to-life experience.
      It's not cool to prejudge a person. Thanks for being in my "frequent flyer program."
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      • Friday, September 11, 2009 14:49 | Carol Grice
        Emil, apparently I spoke out of turn. I do admit at time I have a big mouth and will readily admit if I am wrong about a situation. My question is, are you making replies to others to help them along. I try but can't check every single thing that happens. I don't have a tracking type system. I suspect Al does have a tracking system but doesn't share it with us, as he wants us to promote interest in others. I'm guessing that is how he sees the system should work.
        We are signing 4 new learners tomorrow at the Fallbrook office and I look forward to being a witness. Having done education in the field of Nursing for years, I have the opinion that new learners might need a mentor. My thoughts likely won't fly. What do you think. Currently there isn't a new learner that can become a mentor, until we complete our steps. I guess it all takes time and I am not always the most patient person in the world. Perhaps that comes from having to think quickly and make fast decisions being in charge of an Intensive Care Unit, and later a busy Emergency Room. I am who I am, although perhaps some would think I'm a royal PIA.
        So, we both just need to hang in there and make every attempt to do what we think will be of value to others.
        Sorry if I offended you but one thing about me as you will learn, I tell it the way I see it. Carry on Shipmate. Carol
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        • Friday, September 11, 2009 19:26 | Emil Alisangco
          Hi Carol,
          I did appreciate your candid remarks. No worries. No harm done. I am used to this Mom was a Nurse and she was a disciplinarian and sometimes she was out of line, but I know it comes with her job description and profession.
          As far as the handle on what's going on, there is something wrong with the system. Someone has to shake the cobwebs and dust the furniture. Since you are the voice for everyone, its in the best interest to address and discuss these issues with Albert. Together, you can find possible solution to this critical challenges facing learners before its too late. Communication is an effective tool to iron-out the glitch and serve two-way response link - positive and negative feedback.
          I am just wondering some learners are not posting blogs, or have written responses. Needless to say, there is an emergency situation right now, and you might assist the Emergency Doc. to perform an operation - if required.
          Carol , you are an excellent decision maker, do what's beneficial to all. Again, we should all work collaboratively as a team.
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          • Sunday, September 13, 2009 16:38 | Carol Grice
            Where are you. Looking for some of your friends to make a few replies. Even members of your family or business aquaintences. Everyone needs to get on the band wagon.
            , so let's keep moving it out shipmate.
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            • Monday, September 14, 2009 06:21 | Emil Alisangco
              Hi Carol,
              I am out of commission, (O-O-C) right now. My system is on tag-out, out-of-order....Everyone's busy on this economic downturn.
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  • Monday, December 21, 2009 19:51 | Jeffrey Backus
    Mr Alisangco, again, Thanks for the insight concerning "what to do"... I am past that point in my life, but I'm sure that some of the younger Veterans will take note and guide themselves in the correct direction.
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    • Wednesday, December 23, 2009 18:26 | Emil Alisangco
      Hi Jeff, thank you for your positive feedback and acknowledging this
      true-to-life experience. I completely agree that some of the younger
      veterans may come this route and may learn from the past experiences of
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