Don’t Settle For Less: Find Your Ideal Career
Not many jump at the idea of working from a nine to five desk job that pays minimum wage with little to no benefits. Unfortunately, for many people, this is their reality.
In It For What?
In other words, why do you want to pursue your career? Is it money, fame, power, impact, or goals?
For many, a successful life encompasses a fancy car, expensive shoes, shiny rocks, and endless amounts of money to spend. However, successful life is about service, family, or adventure for others. Whichever your dreams are regarding your career path, you must know why you want to pursue it.
No amount of money can diminish your desire to find passion in an ideal career.
As a matter of fact, a study resurfaced in various newspapers that happiness is at its peak once a person hits a 75,000 salary. Anything higher than that amount won’t bring you the joy you crave.
Earning a good wage is vital for anyone’s quality of life, but as Nobel laureate recipient Angus Deaton found, money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness. So, be careful of choosing a career merely for the zeros in the salary.
How Far Are You Willing To Go?
Successful careers can be gratifying, but sometimes the price may be too high to pay. For example, say you’re the type to want to wander the world but get easily homesick or fear leaving your family.
Then, becoming a diplomat in a foreign country may not be the wisest choice.
What if you dislike interacting and working with teams to accomplish projects? Then, training to be a management consultant will prove to be complicated.
Commitment is also a significant factor to consider before settling on a career. Once again, if you enjoy spending significant time at home with your loved ones, you’ll narrow down your choices to fit your needs.
Some jobs require a commitment to training and rigorous study (e.g., neurosurgeon, lawyer, political scientist, analyst, physicist, etc.).
Another thing to factor to consider is its impact. Think about what sort of impact will this career have in your life. Some jobs are more stressful than others, while a few require extensive hours of dedication and hard work.
When In Doubt Try & Fail
Not sure if a particular job is for you? Give it a try!
College students feel the pressure of declaring a major. Approximately eighty per cent of college students change their majors. Certainly, stressing about questioning career paths in college is entirely normal.
Study in college, earn an online degree, learn any skills online, or develop your own business, but start somewhere. Nothing is more frustrating than having the passion for something you never gave yourself the chance to try.
Growth is about doubting. Discover what interests you. Challenge what you know and question if you’re happy working in your chosen career.
It’s Never Too Late
How old are you? If a digit number is the only thing holding you back, you’ll learn that age is a state of mind with time. Some of the most successful individuals have failed during their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
An ideal career may be many. Some people become writers, philosophers, professors, and entrepreneurs in a single lifetime. Look at Mae Carol Jemison’s life. She became the first African American woman in space. Not only was she a NASA astronaut, but she was also an engineer, physicist and conducted various experiments.
Jemison never settled. She began writing autobiographies inspiring thousands of others to reach for the stars. Why should you settle for anything less?
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