The career crossroad…

What do people consider when looking for a job? Is it more important that you have job satisfaction or that you are paid well? Or are you like most people thinking of a job in terms of survival and therefore, it is about the pay cheque and nothing more? Are you in a career that has growth potential or are you working a 9-5 job with no prospects?

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I took this picture myself while at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay…a little fun habit I have picked up to create a collection for my blog.

My time is running out and in four months I am facing another life transition, this time from graduate school back into full-time employment. I have started asking myself serious questions. I have been wondering whether I have the luxury to choose a satisfying work environment, doing what I am passionate about (working with children), choose the perfect location where I can thrive or I will be faced with taking the first job that comes my way? Is there such a thing as a perfect career choice for a new graduate? I feel like a new graduate even though I have years of work experience prior to coming back to university. This is because I might transition into a completely different career than the one I was doing. I will let you know what that is once I figure it out. I took my thoughts to Twitter the other day too:

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I know there are people who are experienced in this kind of thing and they make so much money giving people career advice. I am so sure that most of their clients are people who find themselves at crossroads like the one I am currently on. I feel worse because I have no clue what I want to do, so even doing a job search is tedious. I have to first figure out where I want to go, what job fits my skill set and what the next year of my life can possibly look like. That’s right, a year is as far as I can think right now.

I know from discussions with two people close to me that I am not the only one going through this. Some of my friends are starting to have these same questions early on because they are questioning whether what they are currently doing is what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I can imagine the situation is worse for my peers back home where unemployment rates are way too high to even consider options other than survival. You hear people encouraging youths to become entrepreneurs, but can we all become entrepreneurs? I am of the opinion that there are people who do well at starting and running their own businesses, but it is not for everyone.

So I pose this question to you guys, how did you decide what you wanted to do for the rest of your life? Did you know instinctively that was the right direction to go or you got some help? What can help in this process?

Maybe you can help me clear my head.

GG

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The career crossroad…

  1. Firstly, that’s a lovely picture. Well done.

    This is quite the crossroad and for someone who has been in a job just because I need to pay bills, I hope you find a job that won’t feel like one. I’m still making strides to do the things that make my heart sing. I didn’t have the luxury when I started to go after what I love.

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    1. Thank you for your comments. I am still learning to take photographs, so that is very encouraging. I do hope I find what I am looking for, it is a tough season to be in. All the best with your efforts to find your passion, it is a struggle for most.

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  2. From experience, I will say chill out a bit. When you get your first job, try to crave for experience as this will power you up to the next challenge. When you get settled with one, trust me it will pave the way and open the door for future opportunities.

    In the end, a dream comes true.

    Good luck to you!

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  3. The biggest error people commit is enrolling in academic programs without giving thought to where they want to be in the future. My recommendation to anyone looking into pursuing higher education (undergraduate or graduate studies) is, before enrolling, first figure out where you want to go with your life, what’s required for you to get there, and then determine if getting a college degree is a right fit.

    For the people who didn’t get the chance to decide on the life path they wanted to pursue but are holders of degrees they’re unsure what to do with them, it’s never too late to figure things out. My recommendation for this group of people is to relax and think outside the box. Don’t confine yourself within the parameters of your “degree”. Identify what you enjoy doing and then apply the skills you learned when you were acquiring your degree. At the end of it all, the degree (certificate) is not as important as the skills (problem solving, resilience, data analysis, communication, presentation, logical reasoning, collaboration, etc) you learned during the process of earning the degree. If I could use an analogy, I would say the degree (certificate) is a bus ticket, while the skills you learn are the bus that takes you to your chosen destination.

    I hope this helps.

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    1. Thank you for the valuable advice, and I agree with you that looking at what transferable skills you may have acquired from doing the degree is useful. I have added those skills to my CV. Thinking outside the box is great advice.

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