Finding the Right Career Path
Very little in life defines you as much as your career. Whatever you decide to do will inform most major facets of your life, from where you live, to what sort of house you have, to the car you drive, to the friends you have, to how you spend your days, etc.
Some people say that a job is just that, a way to earn money, but the truth is that it is so much more. And while you might consider your job not a “career,” if you settle for a job that’s not what you want it to be, it still becomes your career, and will dictate your quality of life.
In fact, you spend more time working than doing almost anything else in your life, so your job essentially defines who you are. It’s important to choose wisely.
Since much of your happiness and your quality of life depend on your work, it is vital that you choose something that will bring you both satisfaction and rewards, whether intrinsic in the form of feeling that you are contributing or giving back, or extrinsically, meaning that you are rewarded with money and status commensurate with your output. Obviously, the ideal career is one that provides both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, something that you feel good about for both what you are doing and how you are rewarded.
While many of your options may depend on the education and experience you have, there is always the opportunity to shape your career as you move forward. Allowing yourself to be stuck in a rut means that it’s unlikely you’ll feel fulfilled.
In addition, as you spend more time working, you become clearer about the type of work and structure that are important to you, whether it’s a large company or a small entrepreneurial environment. The more experience they have, the more many people realize they are in the wrong line of work. Perhaps it doesn’t challenge them sufficiently or it doesn’t provide the intrinsic or extrinsic rewards needed. Very few people spend their entire career in one place, as they used to long ago. The era of the pension and “gold watch” is gone. Today’s successful careerists no longer climb the corporate ladder at one company. More often than not, they are nimble, switching companies and possibly even industries when new opportunities present themselves. They may even make lateral changes instead of being 100 percent focused on constantly moving up.
With so much of your life defined by your career, it is vital that you take control and make sure that the career you choose and pursue is the one that will sustain you throughout your life. Changing, updating and upgrading are all ways to make sure your career meets your needs, for today and beyond.
List of all articles in the career section.
- 6 Warning Signs You May Need a New Job
- A Good Exit Plan and Why You Need One
- Advice to New Managers
- Affirming Yourself: Ask for the Work Assignments That You Want
- Are You Growing in the Workplace?
- Asking for and Getting a Raise at Work
- Brains, Guts, and the Capacity to Act
- Building Great Teams
- Career Advancement: When Getting Visibility at Work Is a Good Thing
- Career Change Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
- Career Change Insights: Four Tips for Making a Switch
- Career Development: The Benefits of a Stretch Assignment
- Choosing a Career: The Worst Career You Could Possibly Have
- Confidence, How Do You Get It?
- Considering a Career Change? Prepare Before You Leap
- Duties as Assigned: Leveraging Work Opportunities to Your Advantage
- Finding the JOB you LOVE
- Finding the Right Mentor
- Getting Ahead at Work: Focus on Results, Results, Results
- Having a Larger Goal Gives You Freedom
- How to Build a Personal Brand Inside a Company
- Is a Management Role Right For You?
- Keeping the Saw Sharp: How to Remain Valuable and Relevant Over the Years
- Making Setbacks Work for You
- Networking Is the Best Way to Build Your Safety Net
- No-Nonsense, Practical Approach to Getting Ahead at Work
- Series on Creating a Custom Job Out of Thin Air
- Steve Jobs: Career Advice for Tough Times
- Ten Ways to Get a Promotion: Lay the Foundation for Your Next Move
- The Importance of Delegating and Supervising
- The Three Pillars of Success at Work
- The Top 10 Beliefs Stopping You from a Career Change That You Are Passionate About!
- Three Tips for Career Advancement that People Often Ignore
- Top 5 Career Tips for Women: Creating Your Own Path
- Understanding the Gender Pay Gap: Why Men Still Make More in Female Dominated Professions
- What Your Boss’ Political Capital Has to Do with Job Security and Career Advancement
- Your Boss is More Important Than the Company You Work for
- Your Image and How It Affects Your Work