Do you have a career or a job?
Do you know the difference between a job and a career?
Are you beginning your career path and want to know what to choose?
Are you contemplating a change in your career path?
Is your current job a dead end and you feel demoralised?
For an individual to discover what it is that they would enjoy doing for potentially 5 – 25 years of their Life, is not an easy task. In addition, in times gone by careers were usually confined to a single field and the person often spent at times – their entire Life in 1 spot.
Today is rather different in that it is common to change careers at least twice sometimes 3 or more times during a Lifetime.
We will spend on average around 85,000 hours in our lifetime at work it is imperative that we master the area of choosing correctly.
How To Avoid The Pitfalls
Seek professional advice about your career / field your about to choose or change to.
Help from someone experienced in this area is priceless. A career coach or a career advisor will be able to save you years of potential wasted and painful experience.
Due your own due diligence beforehand and talk to other people who already in the job / filed you are contemplating.
A role model is invaluable – someone present tense who was once in the past tense where you are right now. They have navigated the stream before you and can give you some pretty damme valuable information!
For example if you’re considering going into accounting, go and physically speak to several accountants, buy them a coffee and have an informal chat. They will be complimented that you are seeking their advice. They will be able to tell you things, the career coach and career advisor can’t and you couldn’t answer yourself from where you are, again priceless.
If it’s not about a career, and instead you find yourself hopscotching from 1 job to another job, then you need to address why this is. IF the reason is you left school with little or no qualifications and as such your menu of choice was next to the ‘0’ then you may want to consider further education of some kind.
It is either that or continue to go around the merry go round for the next decade of your Life. Either way is tough. Re-educating will take some time, effort and sacrifice, but the real question you need to ask yourself, and answer, is …
“Which of the 2 options gives me more pain in my Life, right now, and tomorrow and next year?”.
If it is any help, when I left school in 1989, I left with nothing, no qualifications worth mentioning. I chose to re-educate in my late teens as I saw the direction I was going in was doomed. So I can relate to you if your reading this right now and you have left school with nada, or you are in your 30’s and again you don’t know where to turn.
Give it some quality thought, think, and think hard. Emotional fulfilment is not a given in this Life, it is something you must fight for, create, find or earn.
How To Choose a Career That Will Be Fulfilling
It is all semantics of course but the value is that this information gives us important clues about how to choose what we define as a career. We know time is a factor, we know Emotional fulfilment is another factor. Salary is another to consider.
Home compatibility and health implications are others to contemplate. This list of factors I present here in a moment is short, and the real list is extensive, what I write here is just to stimulate you into thinking a little creatively about this so that your decision making is sharpened.
These and other factors combine to allow us to get closer to pinpointing the correct choice for us, which is very important to discover and the whole point, of career Coaching.
Find out what it is you are good at and genuinely Love to do, add this to the other effects ( positive and negative ) that a particular Career path will bring you and you are well on your way to Successfully making the right choices going forwards.
Here is a brief list of important factors to give thought to in quantifying what career path you may want to decide to take…
- Financial implications, does the salary meet your needs
- Quality of life
- Home life ripple effect
- Emotional satisfaction
- Location / proximity to home
- Traveling duration
- Time required to qualify if study is required
- Your current age
- Skillset you naturally have
- Mindset / are you prepared to make sacrifices
- Do you deal with responsibility well
- Will the position be still in existence in 10 years’ time / with the fast-changing pace of the world
Sometimes people are very good at something that unfortunately will not bring in the desired financial return they also want so there is conflict. If they take a different Career path to tick the financial gain box, it is at the consequence of being fulfilled and happy as they now are spending a large portion of their life doing something that is lacking the Emotional tick.
We want to be valued and appreciated and to feel that our contribution is being acknowledged. We want our work to have meaning and purpose. But we also want a fabulous salary, not too much conflict with our home and love life.
We want it all!