How To Choose A Career

How to choose a career when you feel like nothing inspires you?

There is a lot of pressure on a young man to choose a career in the modern day.

In the past a young man did not have to figure out how to choose a career.

He would often follow in the trade of his father, or in a tribe he would automatically participate in however that tribe made its living.

Today you have the luxury of choice but this does not necessarily make it any easier. The choice can be overwhelming when it comes to asking how to choose a career.

You also have to contend with that fine balance between trying to do something for love and needing to make a living and pay the bills. I'll admit it is not an easy path figuring out how to choose a career. The good news is that you do not have to make a decision today for the rest of your life. A modern career is an evolving and changing beast. It is perfectly acceptable to move in and out of different careers in different industries.

What Are Your Talents And Passions?

It is important to identify these when asking "how to choose a career" because they will help guide you down your chosen path. However it is equally important to distinguish between the two. You can have a talent in something you have no passion for and you can be passionate about something that you are rubbish at.

Most people naturally find enjoyment in things that they are good at. So we tend to follow that path. There is nothing wrong with that but the issue is that you may be limiting yourself. There may be something out there that would be perfect for you but you need to gain some skills in order to progress there. If you just settled for what you were good at now you would close off that option.

Why Do You Want To Work?

Do you just want to pay the bills? Or do you want something more? I joined the military mainly because I wanted that family tribal type atmosphere. The military is not a job, it is a way of life. You become best friends with the people you serve with.

But that is not for everyone. Some people do not want to share a cabin with several others on a floating piece of steel for weeks on end. They want to go home and sleep in their own bed.

Lifestyle is just as important a thing to think about as what job you are actually doing. Scientists have to go into the field for periods of time to study. Personal trainers have to work early and late because that is when their clientele demand their services. Most people go the gym just before or just after their day job. Office culture has the mickey taken out of it on a regular basis, but some people like that. They want to live in an apartment and work in an office.

Ultimately you just have to consider what works for you. Just be aware that it's not just what you do but how you do it that has a big impact. That is why many people want to become self employed.

A Career vs A Job

Most people would define a career as a job that is on a moving pathway. If you build experience and do good work you will get promoted into more varied and interesting positions, often with leadership responsibilities. A job on the other hand is seen as something static where there is little room to move and you just do it for the money.

I don't like the idea of a career personally. I do love the idea of constant improvement and always bettering yourself and in some sense a career can provide stimulus for this. However I have always wanted to be self employed so I've never tried to follow a career as such. I've had career positions before but in my mind they have just been jobs.

Again I'll use the Navy as an example. I joined for the mates, the travel, the fitness and the good money. I didn't join because I wanted to work my way up to becoming a Commanding Officer.

What I'm getting at is that it is perfectly fine to drop the idea of "a career" if it doesn't work for you. Because it didn't work for me. It gave me claustraphobia. You can still have a career position as defined by society and you can still work your way up the chain but you can still see it in your mind as a job that you do for whatever reason that you do it. This takes the pressure of feeling like you have to choose. You can just bounce around a few jobs until you find something you like. And if you can't find anything then focus your mind on self employment.

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