While I'm sure a lot of work went into coming up with this list, picking a career is a deeply personal decision. If you follow cookie-cutter advice, you probably won't find a career that plays to your personal strengths.
I once worked as a purchasing agent — ranked 91 spots better than newspaper reporter — and hated it. It wasn't anything against my employer; I'm just a creative personality who loves to write, and purchasing didn't fit my style.
The best decision of my life was taking a pay cut to work as an entry-level reporter at the local Jackson County paper.
Now I get to interview congressional representatives, business leaders or whoever else is making headlines on a given day. How many lumberjacks can say that?
In other matters, last Friday marked the second anniversary for the opening of bids to renovate Building 3 at the state Capitol Complex.
Six companies submitted bids in 2011 to completely renovate the building, which used to house the Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Health and Human Resources and Division of Natural Resources.
Massaro Corp. of Pittsburgh submitted the apparent low bid of $33.6 million.
Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said Friday a contract still hasn't been awarded as the bids remain under evaluation. Meanwhile, the building's former tenants have moved to new offices.
The DMV is now in leased space at the Kanawha Mall, while the DHHR moved its employees to state-owned offices in the Diamond Building and One Davis Square. DNR employees are now in the state-owned Plaza V building in South Charleston.