Experts say: “Identify your ideal career”. I say: “Say what?”

Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 9:20 AM | 1 Comment

This topic – Identify your ideal career – has been beaten to death. For most folks, there is no ideal career and no job of their dreams.

They just wanna get a job and put food on the table for their family. You would think why you need another boring article about getting a job and a job of your dreams, at that.

In this lousy job market, a job of your dreams? Are you kidding me?

Imagine a network news guy interviewing the first upright human-like shape who seems to be the leader of his pack.

TV guy: “Sir! What’s your ideal career. What do you really wanna do in your life.”

The first upright human-like shape: “Well son! [and he would be right calling him son] My lifelong career has been to strike two stones together and make fire. To be consistently successful at that after the first strike [imagine no bugs the first time, tell that to Microsoft] is my ideal career. Imagine how much money I can make with that.”

TV guy: “But sir! Is that what it is? Your ideal career would be to make more money? Is that what you are telling me?”

The first upright human-like shape: “Ya! I reckon I am. Don’t you wanna put food on the table for your family?”

TV guy: “But sir! There are computerized and very formal Career Assessment programs available that can help you identify your ideal career. I am sure we can set one up for you in your cave.”

The first upright human-like shape: “Leave it to the experts. They did that for their own research. Ask them if that’s their ideal career. Or they wanna make some money off of other folks’ misery. I just go with my gut feeling.”

For most folks, putting food on the table is the bread and butter of their ideal career.

However, don’t get annoyed. There are some folks out there who can still find a job of their dreams. You are no exception. It’s just that they are in minority and you ARE the majority.

You just need to be reminded continuously from time to time. This is an attempt in that direction. It may not be the right direction though. You be the judge.

So what the heck is an ideal career? If it ever existed, I never could identify it in my 40 years of professional career.

I just worked like most people. The only thing I thought about was how to put food on the table at the end of the day and maybe take my kids to the local amusement park during my two weeks vacation.

Like most folks, I did not have the luxury of thinking about changing my career. It’s hard to do.

Even when you do, it lasts for a short period of time before human nature takes over and you kind of get tired of your “ideal career”.

You start thinking about another ideal career. But that’s OK as long as you stay in that career and strike your two stones together for sometime.

My friend from the 60s says: “whatever motivates you to identify your ideal career, go for it.”

In a Nutshell
Completing a formal Career Assessment is NOT the best way to get started on the right career path as most experts would tell you to do.

You don’t need to be too scientific about it. Just follow your gut feeling. It’s gonna change one day anyway.

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  1. One Response to “Experts say: “Identify your ideal career”. I say: “Say what?””

  2. By pharmacy technician on Jan 8, 2010, 12:20 pm | Reply

    nice post. thanks.

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