It’s scary to experience vulnerability whenever you are in a place of predicament. You begin to question; “What is best suited for me?”, “Will this decision influence my lifestyle?”, “Which is the easier option?”. All valid questions which the answers aren’t always easily laid out in front of you. Especially if you’re like me and are incredibly indecisive. From switching programs in my undergrad, to constantly sharpening my LinkedIn profile, I found myself working several different jobs through a weaving web of career possibilities. What’s important when discovering a career, is to make sure that it’s not a job. As ironic as that sounds, when you really think about it down to the definition, there’s truth behind it.
The definition of a job, is a regular paid place of employment. Whereas a career is an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life with ample opportunity for progress. The leap from a job to a career is like transitioning from being a kid to an adult. Having a full-time position with all the perks and benefits, working in an environment full of people who, like you, love what they do and believe in growth. Sure, there is additional responsibility, and it seems like a whole new world but just remember that this feeling is exactly how it’s meant to feel. I mean… that Aladdin was really on to something.
Working aimlessly in a job can be tiring, unsatisfying, and on top of that emotionally and physically demanding. There is little opportunity to grow into positons beyond your role. Thinking about a job, for me has become synonymous with temporary. Which is fine for those who feel stuck in the moment, but not for those wanting more out of it. When finally deciding on a career, I felt for the first time a sense of accomplishment or what one might say, “putting that paper to good use” — or maybe just me, because as students that piece of paper has the power to strengthen your professional chance. As much as we’re complained about, millennials have grown with a variety of options thanks to technology and new media, making it difficult to distinguish those temporary and tough decisions. The educational programs alone have become more occupational specific, and will continue to do so. Think about it, if this were the 80s, and your friend mentioned they wanted to go to university or college for sport management, baking and pastry arts, or even event planning – you’d be puzzled.
Ultimately, not every chance you take or choice you make has to be permanent, it just has to be honest and reasonable. There are endless opportunities, and like all those clichés, “when one door closes another one opens,” which is true. But whether it’s the one you want to open can take some time. It’s dependent on taking the right chance and finding out if it’s the right thing for you.