Deciding on a career can be one of the most agonizing decisions we face; that word may sound a bit dramatic, but it is true. Sure, we are not in physical pain, but the mental strain can be powerful. When we are unsure, we worry we are wasting our current lives away; we yearn for a sense of purpose, but are just not sure what that purpose is. There are several areas that interest us and we are not getting a clear pull on any one in particular.
We may feel torn about pursuing passion or money. What is a person to do? Well, as someone who struggled with this a bit, I would like to share some tips on what helped me gain the clarity I needed.
Yes, I know we work because we need money, and we have to consider money in our decisions. But, no matter what type of field you go into, there are almost always decent opportunities to make money; so you do not have to be a pauper to live your passion, like so many think. Right now, we are just working on narrowing down the fields. So, forget the money for a second—if it were not an issue, what type of work would you like to do? Surprisingly, this is not an exercise that most people engage in, because sadly, many people have this idea that you are supposed to hate your job.
This one seems obvious, but considering how many people hate their jobs, it is clear that a lot of people do not give much thought to what they like and what they dislike. I have found people give very little thought to this in general, but that could be a whole new post. Taking the time to get to know yourself is one of the most powerful tools in deciding on a career path.
The more clarity we have about a particular issue, the better decisions we will make, guaranteed. It will prevent you from pursuing careers that are totally out of line with your simply for money; it will prevent you from doing what you think you ‘’should’’ do rather than what you want to do. Do Some Digging on Available Options within a Certain Industry There are lots of different types of jobs out there, and at this moment, you surely do not know all of them.
Once you have decided on a particular area that you feel passionately about, do some research on possible jobs in that field. All require different types of interests, skill sets, personality traits, etc. By educating yourself on possible career paths, you can figure out which types of jobs you will excel at and enjoy the most. If you really feel passionate about helping people improve their health, but you are more interested in influencing public policy, education and creating greater access to healthcare, than direct patient care, a master in public health information might be a good choice.