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“Royal Pains” – Agent of ‘Career’ Change

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Sadly, it’s not anything grandiose as that, but it’s another amusing example of how USA Network’s social media offerings work the “career advice” angle.

Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson on the "Royal Pains" Website

Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson on the "Royal Pains" Website

The “Royal Pains” website format is nearly identical to the format of the “Burn Notice” website. The only difference is that the “Royal Pains” website is about doctors and the Hamptons, not spies and Miami. One interesting section is called the “Could You Make It As A Concierge Doctor?“. It’s a fun spin on career assessment tests administered by career counseling services. It’s not so much about medicine, but your attitudes about available medical supplies, work environment, bedside manner, schedules and rich people. Not that I cared for being a concierge doctor but I took it anyway. It’s nice to know in a pretend world I can hack it.

In the real world though, it’s important to do some introspection and research if you’re thinking about changing careers, as Barbara Reinhold suggests in “The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Make“. The one thing Reinhold writes about that I can identify with to a degree is using money as a deciding factor. Whether it’s greed or desperation driven, it’s gonna end up biting you in the long run if you let money decide your career moves. I’ve learned that lesson all too well, and now I’m pursuing my career goals with some self-knowledge and awareness of skills. Regardless of your reasons for changing careers, it’s important to do your homework before you take the big step.

Know of any web offerings that helped you in your career change? Post it here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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