Remember going to see your career advisor at high school? That one person who was going to tell you what you were going to do with the rest of your life, based on how you did in science or maths when you were sixteen years old.
Read that again and realise how ridiculous that sounds.
Before we go any further I want to show you the difference between a career and a job.
A career is something that you do for a good portion of your lifetime, it should be something that you love and are passionate about. A career should offer you chances to progress, both within industry and as a person.
A job is a paid position of employment. It’s really that simple, a job is an exchange of your work for monetary reward. Jobs are easier to find than a career and as a result they often pay less and offer less security.
So now that you understand the difference between the two, it seems obvious that you want a career instead of a job.
Here’s the problem though, at such a young age how can you truly know what field you want to make a career in? There could be nothing worse than committing to a career only to realise five or ten years down the line that it isn’t what you want to do.
A job on the other hand offers more flexibility, if you don’t like your current job, you can try and switch to a new one. If you like your new one so much you might decide to turn it into a career. If not you can switch again.
See where I’m going with this?
As a generation we need to stop listening to the people who tell us that we need to have our career planned out from such a young age. In fact the term ‘career advisor’ should be scrapped from schools all together. The ‘career’ will never become extinct, but with the increasing globalisation of the world it is becoming easier and easier for work to be outsourced or handed over to automated processes.
More and more people are coming out of university with double degrees and unable to work where they want. A lot of these people have been prompted from a young age to value financial success over happiness, which is understandable. But what if we’re getting to a point where neither can be guaranteed?
So here’s what you’re going to do.
Write down a list of your passions, I don’t just mean things that you like or enjoy, but things that you never grow tired of. Something that truly doesn’t feel like work or a chore to you. Once you’ve figured out what they are, put yourself in a financial position where you have a job that can support you pursuing those passions. Go out and meet people who have the same passions as you, your job is only meant to provide monetary support, let your passions dictate your life not your employment.
And the best thing is that at the end of the day, if you allow yourself the freedom to chase your calling, there’s a good chance you’ll find an opportunity to make a career out of it in the end.
How good does that sound?