A career choice must be carefully considered, for just like the structural frame of a house, it’s a support beam in the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives we build.
We should consider that in addition to dedicating the most healthy and virile parts of our lives to jobs based on monetary gains, our careers affect the other parts of our lives.
Jobs determine the kind of family life we have, and what we teach our children about priorities, service, gain, and power. Through our career choices, we limit or contribute to their imaginations on options available to them. We also unwittingly expose them to dominant personality types they’ll model in the future.
Careers either grow us into our strengths, or feed into our weaknesses. We either feel good about what we do, and thus spread this overall feeling of well-being onto others, or we put on a metal coat and pick up a sword to go fight to keep our dignity and positive outlook. If this is the case, those close to us mainly know our acerbic and cold nature.
Don’t get me twisted. Not all work is pleasant or doesn’t emotionally drain, but there is work that sucks the soul in its stilted mundane nature and that’s what I speak of. The latter shouldn’t be turned into a career unless bitterness and regret is the end goal.
If you happened to fly by the seat of your pants through most of your life choices, then you’re reading this post wondering what it is that you are to do for the rest of your life, as a career. You’re reaping the rewards of thoughtless action and money – chasing schemes that are unrelated and did not produce transferable skills.
Or, you may be at a cusp – wondering what new direction to turn to due to circumstances that have altered your initial career path. Either way, you’re lost and wouldn’t mind insight that’ll reveal more than your strengths or advice beyond looking deep within for the solution.
In a sense, I’m here to say more of the same, but from different lens. What I suggest requires introspection and if you’re ready to launch into your unforeseen career, consider these questions:
Have you in humility and earnest prayer, fast, and praise, sought the Lord’s will over your life and your career? What recurring messages or prompts has He sent your way?
What is the one absurd career choice you’ve contemplated and dismissed with equal vigour? Usually, it’s the one in which you consider what others will think and say, that you’re not qualified, that you can’t afford to upgrade to, or that you’re too old to go into.
What activity do you get lost in? It has little value by society’s standards but you dominate that world when you’re in it, and the sheer pleasure is compensation enough.
What do others say you do well? What positive qualities come effortlessly to you?
A career choice made from a holistic perspective sets you, your family, and your clients, at an advantage because you’re driven to be your best. When you don’t have to switch on and off to log in and out, your focus is sharpened and your resources centred toward being fruitful.
Even after a long or difficult day, you’re more prone to give your family your optimistic and grateful side than you would if you’re unmotivated and disenchanted about your work.
Keeping in mind that you may be forced to work in places you’d rather not, keep your eyes on the prize and don’t give up the idea of working where you will be useful and feel validated. Those who hold on, usually get there.