It would be hard to argue that our career choices are not profoundly influenced by the era in which we happen to be born. For example, someone born in the 1920s or early 1930s probably used wholly different criteria to evaluate his career choices from someone born in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.

Depending on the prevailing social, cultural, and economic influences of your own era, you might have dreamed of becoming an astronaut, a rock star, a crusading journalist, or a professional athlete. On the other hand, the cultural and economic conditions of your particular era might also have pushed you toward a safer, more rational career, such as becoming a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, an accountant, or a banking ...

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