Did you find your career or did your career find you? It’s an interesting question because I think more people than you would expect had their job “find them.” In this economy, many of us take jobs because they are decent jobs that pay a fair wage in a field we’re mildly interested in. For instance, a lot of my film school friends ended up working in advertising, because of the abundance of jobs tangentially related to film. One friend ended up working at a commercial real estate company because she was a temp there after college and ended up loving it. Another friend who was a writing major at my college ended up working at a perfume company and now she’s the director of product innovation for a major beauty brand.
While we may be working in a particular industry now, it doesn’t mean we will be there forever. The average American has 7 careers over the course of his/her lifetime, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The decisions you make about your work life are especially important, since most people spend more of their waking lives working than doing anything else. Your choices will affect, not only yourself and those closest to you, but in some way the whole world.”
—Laurence G. Boldt
How did you land in your current career? Do any of the below apply to your situation?
- Lifelong childhood dream to work in a particular job
- Personality test (Myers-Briggs) that indicated you fit a certain career path
- Family connection to a company, job or industry
- Strictly a monetary decision
- A lifestyle decision
We’d love to know how you found yourself wherever you are now career-wise.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply below. We’ll be sharing some answers on the blog soon. Can’t wait to hear from you!