Career Planning

Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

Nealeigh Mitchell, Steve Berman, Saunders Moore | NonProfitPeople

February 16, 2010

John Adams

Prior Experience: School Teacher

Although his father wanted him to follow in his footsteps as a minister, second President, John Adams took a few years to mull over the decision and taught school in the meantime. Teaching reminded him how much he loved to learn, so he bypassed ministry and headed right into law school. As a law student, he was known for his acute sense of details in all the trials he observed and this attention and study of law served him well as President.

Moral of the story: When thinking about a career change, take time to explore your options and figure out what suits your interests rather than someone else's. Take some time in making the decision and ask yourself some questions so eventually the right answer will turn up.

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