A Guide to Choose a Career
Discover your own path, don’t follow others
This is a dilemma that most youths experience when they enter adulthood. Most of us still figuring out what we want to do in life. we listen to others’ advice about what we should do. We also learn everything by ourselves. People told us to do what we love and others told us to be realistic because we got bills to pay. All these dilemmas are confusing us. Often we listen too much to others and makes us take the wrong decision in life and end up hating the path we choose.
Choosing what to do in life is not easy, it requires a deep understanding of ourselves. It’s a journey mostly full of trial and error. We don’t really know what we really want. And it’s okay if we haven’t figured it out yet. Not only you who experience this, all of us does.
Choosing a Career
Maybe you already have a clear plan of what to do, but are you sure all you going to do is based on your conscious choice? Not a choice chosen by your parents or a choice based on peer pressure? It’s important to choose everything on your own and not hugely influenced by external factors such as society standards, peer pressure, and others’ expectations. Because in the end, you are the person who lives your life, if you’re not really into it then you will never enjoy it.
We all grow up in school being told to be better than the rest, to get good grades, and be the smartest people in the class. Then to apply to well-established university and get a degree with a good financial prospect. We all know that is what society expects from each person. To get a good job with a decent salary.
Society measures one’s success based on how much material thing one’s possessed. Society barely pays attention to how one’s feels because society only cares about what can be seen with their eyes. Often we see people with a lot of fortune feel empty because what they do is not something they want, they only do it because of financial benefit they can gain.
Yes, money plays a big role in our life, but it’s not the most important thing in our life. lot of things to consider when choosing a career does it match our purpose, do we really can enjoy it, do it match with our strength, et cetera. Money might can convince you at first, but in the long game, purpose is what matters more. Also important to remember, in every career sector you can choose, the longer you are in the game and the more developed you are then the more you will get paid. So choose the career you enjoy because money will follow as time goes by.
Save your money because most people often cannot pursue what they want due to financial problems. But if you save enough money then you’ll be free to decide what you want to do in life.
Be the best at your career
If you have chosen the career that you think suits yourself then good for yourself, but for those who have already chosen a career and starting to feel it’s not right, you are free to set yourself out. Don’t live the way you cannot enjoy. But before you switch your life around, you have to do several things first.
Don’t expect a career with no struggle, all of career has their own struggle. If you just entered a job and you find a difficulty at your job that makes you rethink about your career choice then it’s wrong, Don’t judge things too soon. Pour your heart into it and be dedicated to what you’re doing.
Give time to yourself to settle in this job. do it for at least a year. Give review every time it reached a year, does it job match your purpose, is it a place where you can learn a lot, is this a good place for you to develop, is it good working environment, et cetera. If the answer is positive then you can continue build your career there. If the answer is negative then you can seek other opportunities. But make sure you already gave your best.
To perform best is to be dedicated, give everything and pay attention to small detail. It’s also important to develop yourself by learning more and never waste any opportunity.
Develop your leadership sense
Almost everyone in your position has similar ability to you in terms of daily job task. To be outstanding than the rest and to make a significant progress in your career is to develop your sense of leadership. To be a leader is to develop sense of ownership and behave like you own the company so everything you do is what is best for company.
Do what is best for the company by doing your task well, also help others so the company goal can be achieved. take responsibility for things that happen in your environment even it’s not your fault and it’s not your job, don’t expect others to do it. keep doing it even you do not get credit for that Because in the end of the day that attitude is what brings you to the top.
What makes a leader different is courage, so be brave to share your opinion based on what you believe even it’s risky. Sometimes people went silent to avoid the problem. Being silent of course can avoid you from a problem but it does not bring you anywhere.
Having the courage to stand on what you believe is good, but are you have a firm belief in a certain thing? Do you have a principle and moral compass to back your opinion to support your action? To do everything as a leader you need to have a principle and moral compass as a guide to do everything.
The principle is not something we can learn from books, no right and wrong in choosing principle. The only way to build it is to reflect on our past experience, lesson learned from it, and what it means to you. Principle is something you really understand because it has personal effect on your life.
Parameter is a moral compass, the value you committed to. Things you should do and you shouldn’t do. Because in career we often meet a paradox and you will find difficult to decide, and in the other case we are being under pressure to make a decision. In that kind of dilemma, your parameter is what helps you to choose.
To find what you’re meant to do is understand yourself, know your strength & weaknesses, choose a career that suits you also never stop learning and improving yourself. By doing that you might not get the success like others achieved but you’ll get the success that suits you the most. It’s not better and not worse but it’s different.