Welcome to a world dedicated to life at Telstra. In Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead , the main protagonist, Howard Roark, seeks a career. Meanwhile, his best friend, Peter Keating, is only looking for a job. This is why by the end Roark has built some of the finest buildings using his skills, experience, and imagination, while Peter Keating has worked only on old architecture. Keating has worked only to support his basic needs.

If you are sincere about making a major career transition, such as moving out of your academic role and into industry, you need to put in some serious time. There’s no doubt that it’s tough to do this while you have a full-time job working 40-plus hour weeks. But you must find a way to carve out 10 to 15 hours each week to invest in your future. Because that’s what it is: an investment. Your first big job search sets the stage for future decades of work experiences. So shift your mindset about the job search. It’s not just an annoyance on your to-do list; it’s critical for future success and happiness.

Harvard’s Office of Career Services has an interactive guide to different types of careers, which also includes tips for getting started” with internships as well as job opportunities abroad. Though some of their information is specific for Harvard students, much of it is helpful for anyone looking to get started on one of the career paths included on their site.

In a career, however, your goal is to not only get the task done, but it’s also to learn skills, gain experiences, build connections, and put yourself in position for promotions, raises, and possibly similar positions in other organizations. That’s a lot more than just getting the task done, and that means putting your ear to the grindstone. Your career is the total progression of your professional life. It can include many different jobs over the years.

Getting to know your work values can help set you up for a successful job search—and so can we. Could you use some help kick-starting your search? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox so you can apply as soon as something catches your eye. Find a company that brings out the best in you.

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