Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
— Steve Jobs
Why did you choose to study engineering or medicine? Do you feel the curiosity while reading the working of the transistors or studying human anatomy? Are you really following your heart and intuition? Do you feel the pleasure doing it?If the answer is ‘Yes’, then congratulations!! You are on the right career path and if it is a ‘No’, then there is a need of a serious shift in thinking.
Unfortunately, we neglect the importance of selection of right career while mapping our careers. Our career choices depends on the outer influences like parent’s choice or high paying job or the jobs in demand rather than on our own inner passion, our interests. Result? We stuck our lives into 9-5 jobs.
Factors determining the right career
What subject you mastered in the school? There may be the subjects that you enjoyed and excelled in. Your favorite subject can prove to be a wind vane while choosing the right career
Do you have a flare for writing? Do you like to play with colors? How about pursuing your passion as your career? “Job for life” is a thing of past. Self –assessment and self-reflection can help in choosing the field that would encompass as many of your talents as possible, to allow you to the greatest along with boosting up the confidence in your worth and abilities. It is very important to pursue a career of interest so as to make it more satisfying and successful experience.
3. Skills and personal abilities:
Understanding your skills, knowledge and personal abilities can help you to achieve a realistic career strategy. For e.g.; If you are good at fixing the errors in the computers, you can have a successful career as a Computer engineer. Realistic self-assessment is very much required to plan an achievable career strategy.
Explore yourself. Gather knowledge and do the research about the career of your interest. Check out the online self assessment tools and the personality tests for career guidance. Define the difference between your perception and the reality. Know more about other successful person in your interest field. Last but not the least; maintain the positive attitude because that is what it takes to change the challenges into opportunities.