As you finish college and about to enter into your chosen career, are you finding yourself doubting the career you are about to embark on?
According to Careerfoundry, the average person would change careers between five and seven times over the course of their working life. They said that research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the average worker held upwards of 10 different jobs before the age of 50, and the number was set to rise even further in upcoming decades.
While growing up, we have different things that influence our decision about where we see ourselves after school. Usually, the decision is driven by wanting to make money because we are told that that is what would make us happy.
“After our 5 years of high school some of us are influenced into what we study in university or college by our friends, society, or our families,” said Tamara Mitchell, a qualified Chartered Accountant, who now works in the e-commerce industry.
“We usually tend to hang out with friends who have the same interests as us or follow the footsteps of our parents or family members and ignore what we really want to do.”
Careerfoundry said while working might once have been viewed as little more than a means to pay the bills, it’s now widely accepted that finding a fulfilling career is one of the keys to a happy life.
They listed five reasons to make a career change, which included the for a new challenge, the change of values, wanting to focus on other things, your passion being elsewhere, and not being happy.
Mitchell said that she found herself unhappy in her CA career because it was not what she enjoyed.
“I became a CA because I was told it would make me money and I was good at accounting, so I thought it would be perfect,” she said.
“After doing some self-introspection, and research I got an understanding and grew an interest in product management and business development of innovative financial and digital payment solutions.”
While according to Master Studies, it was better to pursue something you love, engaging in it, and letting it drive your job search and your life. They said that the desire to do what you wanted would allow you to engage in your work and feel inspired.
“Doing what you love plays such a huge role in your life. You wake up feeling motivated every day. You not dragging yourself out of bed just to hear that bank notification for your salary at the end of the month,” Mitchell said.
“You will definitely benefit more from turning your passion and interests into an income. You can even find an organization that aligns with what you love and they allow you to express yourself while working for them. That way you make money while doing what you love.”