The following are the worst reasons to choose a career:
1. 'You're good at it', so they say.
Sometimes you may be really good at something (for example, solving mysteries and crossword puzzles), but that mean you should be a Sherlock Holmes. Although at times it is possible to turn a hobby into a career that you love, be aware that this can quickly become monotonous and annoying, especially when you're doing it full-time.
2. It’s what you’re “supposed” to do
Did mom and dad raise you to be a lawyer or doctor? Do you come from a long line of police officers or have a family business? Even if you know it’s what everyone expects you to do, and you might’ve even thought you’d be doing it from a young age, that doesn’t mean you have to if you’re having second thoughts.
When you finally decide on a path, do so because it’s what you think you want.
3. Oh, the perks!
Yes, if you have a free company car, free holiday once a year, free use of gym and pool at the office, along with other (impressive) perks...that doesn't necessarily mean that you will be happy doing the job. It might be awesome at first, but like anything else, boredom will sink in. Make sure you choose something for what you feel passionate about and not just because of the perks you might get.
4. Are your friends doing it?
This happens a lot more than you think. We’re all influenced by the people we hang around, and if you end up befriending lots of people who want to be engineers, botanists or video game designers, it’s more likely that you’ll gravitate toward that path—even if it’s not right for you.
This can cause you to struggle in your work because you don’t have a natural talent for it or desire to do it. And you may even end up finding yourself alone, because jobs are so hard to come by these days you’re probably not going to be working with your friends.
What should you do? Well for starts, try new things. Diversify your interests and friend group as much as possible. Research what a job is really like and try to imagine yourself in potential careers one, five or even ten years down the line and think about what a regular day for you will be like. Ultimately, the most important thing is that you feel happy and fulfilled in your work.
If you'd like to share any of your thoughts with us, Muovo would like to hear from you!
Nikita Pisani at Muovo