Hang in there ,everyone is confused . Being a adult is scary ,finding a job ,earning money ,paying bills.choosing a career is scarier.
In our country most of the confused folks choose engineering as a career ,because um you can always find the career you love later right?
Do you know people who are frustrated with their job ? people who are caged in jobs that they hate .
Do you know anyone that left a great job to become an artist, actor perhaps, teach yoga in a quest to follow their passion?
Sadly, many of them return to their old careers after heartbreaking struggle. The worst part is when one discovers that the thing they were passionate about at first, isn’t so great when it becomes a full time job.
Then there is this whole issue of needing to actually earn money .Money to sustain yourself and your family and to live up the lavish lifestyle .
Not only is “follow you passion” bad advice, so is following the money trail (not everyone wants to be a software engineer) or sticking to what you are good at .
The best way to find a job that doesn’t become a mediocre career is to find work that fulfills three criteria: Passion, Skill and Need
What are you passionate about?
Passion is something that excites you ,something that you care about ,a fascination.
While I don’t think you should follow your passion blindly, I am saying you should ignore it entirely. What you are passionate about is what you care about. It’s something that totally fascinates you. The things in which you lose yourself in when engaging in them.
You probably spend your free time, energy and money feeding your passions. What are yours?
Think ,Think hard and find your passion .
If you struggle to come with anything you are particularly passionate about, don’t despair.
People get more excited about things they are skilled at. When you are good at something, it gets recognized. With recognition (monetary or otherwise), passion will build. Therefore, pick a career you care about, even if the word “passionate” doesn’t quite describe your interested level!
Build the passion up over time.
What are you skilled at?
We all have different skills.
You might be great at problem solving and math, or you might prefer to create meaning through words instead of numbers.
What you are good at is malleable. If we are lucky, we find our strengths early on in life.
Unfortunately, if our strengths never get discovered, we need to uncover and nurture them on our own.
What if you are good at things you are no longer passionate about?
It’s time to build new skills!
Good thing the internet exists. It’s easier than ever to learn new skills from world-class teachers and coaches for free or low-cost from anywhere. A hundred years ago, learning new skills was tough. Today, it just takes the desire to do so and some concentrated effort.
What does the world need?
Does it need accountants or graphic designers?
You might not agree with what the market is demanding, or how much the market values certain things over others, but this doesn’t make the reality any less real.
Just look at the starting salaries for website developers compared with kindergarten teachers. I don’t think anyone will deny the vital importance of teaching our young children, yet, a 21-year-old web programmer can make triple the amount (with greater upside) of pay as a 25-year-old teacher with a master’s degree!
The market demands what it demands. There is a shortage of competent software engineers, driving salaries up.
If you want to ensure yourself a career that you enjoy and also pays the bills, don’t ignore the market! You may not need or want to make 6-figures a year, but you do need to make enough to provide for basic necessities.
Find the career that fit at the intersection of all three.
If you don’t like the answers you come up with, I have some good news for you. You can make up for a deficiency in any one area, through education, learning, experience on-the-job and connections to other people who can show you the right pathways to success or even help you outright.
What job(s) strike at the heart of passion, skill and need for you?