In today’s ever-changing and technologically dynamic society, it is no longer practical to find your “forever” career coming out of high school. Students are often told that they should know their career path with plenty of time to complete college prerequisites to efficiently get on the proper path of a successful career. However, we no longer live in a world where young people find their jobs right out of school, and work towards a retirement pension. It is often a winding (and often laborious) path to finding out one’s passions and strengths.
While it can be tempting to focus on salary and an attractive job market when choosing a career path, it is important to note that passion and efficiency are not the same thing. If you are passionate enough about something you are more likely to be a success, than if you work tirelessly toward an attractive career that you do not find fulfilling.
In order to find one’s passions it can be most beneficial to assess what you like to do in your free time. For example, if you enjoy reading, a career in education or publishing might be a good fit. If friends or family tell you that you are apt at giving good advice, you might find you have a passion or knack for counseling. In all aspects of life you are more likely to excel if you link your passions with your pursuits. Listening to your intuition is one of the best ways to follow your passions and know when it is time to switch from a particular path. If you have worked hard to become a doctor, but know in your gut that you will not be fulfilled in this career, it is essential to be honest with yourself. Understanding your passions, and listening to great advice from those who know you best, is a direct path to finding fulfillment and excelling in your pursuits.