Career Choice: Progress versus Passion
President Barack Obama, the immediate former POTUS, came out of the White House at age 55, an age where a great number of politicians are just getting started. The majority, at this time, has just retired from civil service and the urge for elective adventure is at peak. For Obama, after years of public service from being the first black President of The Havard Review to being a community organizer in the South Side of Chicago all the way to being the most powerful man on the planet, his trajectory can be classified as a successful career path. But do you know, as much as he may want to continue serving, Barry cannot vie for ANY other political seat in the USA? As good as he was (my all-time favorite politician), it is safe to conclude that his blissful political career ended in 2016.
How well do you understand your career path? What informed the choice you made in terms of career? Was it family? Role model? Skills? Or was it money? Was it passion? If you landed here you are out of passion or whatever other reason for that matter, then you must have done some due diligence in terms of figuring out the structure of your career. All jobs have their distinct lifespan regardless of the industry.
What do you Consider While Picking a Career?
Joblessness is at an all-time high in our country. People are grabbing what they can for the sole purpose of making ends meet. That does not necessarily mean that their current situation will define their career life entirely. I know of several graduates doing odd jobs just to survive. Have a little chat with them and you will realize that they still have hope for one day getting back to what they wish they would be doing. May the doors of fortune open on them! Meanwhile, let’s check out the various industries and what can be deduced from them depending on their nature.
Regarded as a prestigious profession, engineering is one of the oldest forms of careers in the world. From mechanical to chemical, electrical to structural, engineering has evolved to more complex forms especially in the first world countries where technology is on steroids! Being a technical career, engineering does not care much about leadership or management. Most often, the engineers work in teams and would never even think of being the CEO or MD of their companies. Engineers are laid back lads, often riding on the prestige of their job. It is imperative to say that they get intrinsically fulfilled by just doing their job. There is no much horizontal movement in this field.
Deemed as a casual field, IT jobs are almost similar to engineering jobs in their nature. Those fascinated by this particular field do not care much about the title or being the boss. In fact, most of them work in isolation, spending loads of hours coding and sorting out this program or modifying that program. Their satisfaction comes through accomplishing these tasks in record time or creating a functioning program. They are very OK if you just refer to them as The IT Guy. Unlike other jobs, IT has no much vertical movement, just progression in terms of skills and passion.
World over, a career in the medical field is deemed lucrative. Why I don’t know. Maybe due to the fact that it involves sorting out extremely personal problems that would otherwise have been fixed only by God. Medicine is wide. From research to the actual treatment and surgery, there is a whole lot of jobs in between. If you venture into this field, you really have to be specific where you want to start and where exactly you would wish to end up. Like the other two we have discussed, medical careers tend to be lonesome with individual effort and success being the order of the road.
I am not insinuating that people in these careers don’t get to managerial positions. That’s not the case. We have many already in high positions in their various fields. What needs to be noted, however, is the fact that some careers are not automatically wired to project vertically. If you are into management and leadership, then these three are not your thing. We will try to break them down further in our next post as we encourage ourselves to make informed career choices.
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