With the high rate of unemployment in South Africa, having a job is enough to satisfy the average Joe (or Jane). However, a lack of passion makes a huge difference between having job and a career. The one thing one looks for in a job, well besides the income, is satisfaction.
One wants to feel like you are doing something you are passionate about and also prove you chose the right career path.
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Take the first step
If you feel like you are stuck in a dead end job with no room for growth, make a move now. Decide what you need to do in order to get to where you want to be.
You either have to do one of two things in order to take the first step.
• You might have to start on an entirely different course, one which requires you to go back to school. This alone might deter your plans and it’s up to you to decide whether it is worth it and if you are willing to commit yourself.
• The second thing might be that you are on the right track, just the wrong lane. Re-evaluate your choices and have the courage to take a risk even if it leaves you vulnerable for a little while. If the reward is worth the risk, then do it.
Education at any age is key
It does not matter how old you are, there is no age limit to getting an education. You might have been in a job for 10 -20 years or more and it still would be a good idea.
There are short courses, diplomas and degrees that are ready to be pursued, do it today.
In order to make the right choices for your career, you need to know what you are passionate about. A lot of people might say that passion is overrated, but it is vital.
A person who works for the sake of paying the bills and supporting her family is admirable but it also does not work if they are forever complaining about how unsatisfied they are.
When you love what you are doing, it comes naturally, because you are actually excited about the work you are doing and that makes a world of a difference.
There are thousands of people stuck in positions they detest because they do not have the opportunity to seek a new career. If you have the choice and means to do what you really want do it.
Forge on sister
Do not let fear and uncertainty hold you back from what could be a life changing experience in your life. Having a strong support system can be the final push that might make the decision easier.
Speak to your partner or family and gather all the information you might need. Most importantly, know exactly what you want to do and whether it will make you happy.
Do not waste you’re your time and money chasing a bogus dream. Make sure your plan is solid.