The iconic American author Mark Twain once said:
“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
There’s a great deal of truth in this statement because if you love what you do, going to work is something you look forward to. People who enjoy their jobs happily work extra hours and take work home because they like doing it, not because they have a sense of duty or a pushy boss who forces them to work off the clock.
The flip side of this is of course that if you aren’t in a job you enjoy doing, then every day is going to be a hard old slog. You’ll be counting down the hours, which seem to tick by horribly slowly, and resent the time you have to spend doing work you take no joy in. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to find yourself in a job you don’t enjoy, or following a career path that you realize isn’t suiting you, and end up in this predicament.
If you want to find a career that suits you, these tips will guide you in the right direction:
- You need to start by being honest with yourself. For instance, are you considering a career choice based on social status or potential income? Unless you have the interest and ability to match, it’s unlikely you’re going to enjoy your work, especially with time. It’s perfectly possible to not be invested in your work or enjoy it and still be pretty good at it, but that’s not a recipe for a happy, fulfilled life. To really enjoy your career, you need to have both the interest and an affinity for the work.
- Are you thinking about what someone else wants rather than your own interests? For younger people, it’s often parents who have expectations for their children. Most often it’s with the best of intentions, but parental pressure can direct some students down a career path they wouldn’t choose if left to their own devices. For older people, it might be a partner or feeling responsible for the family that’s holding you back. The best thing for you is to pursue your ambitions if they’re achievable, so don’t let other people direct the course of your life for you.
- Look at all the available opportunities. There are all kinds of different ways to get a job you enjoy, so it’s worth investigating your options as your likely to find one that suits your situation. For example, to become an architect you could follow the college route and get your B.A. Architecture, study online with institutions all over the world, or undergo on the job training and work your way up.
Whether you’re just selecting courses and qualifications to study at college, or you’re already in the world of work, you have the power to take your life in the right direction and find a career that suits you. There’s always an opportunity to change direction, so if you aren’t happy in your work, look for a solution rather than accepting second best.