Starting a career or changing careers can make one feel various degrees of emotions that can be overwhelming and even intimidating. However, with both time and patience, one can easily navigate through these feelings by practicing a degree of self-care and self-compassion. It’s important to remember that you are an individual first and your career is a part of who you are but it doesn’t define who you are.
To make your future plans without losing yourself, here are a few key principles to keep in mind:
1. Focus on skills you want to learn instead of job titles
Some people like the perks and the benefits that come with having an admirable job title that they worked hard for. In reality, many often find this as a facade especially if they never really had the passion to work in this field in the first place. While working in a job you don’t like can give you a lot of skills and experience, you should at least invest in yourself by learning a new set of skills that are relevant to your ideal job.
2. Go up or go forward
Many people include having a career they admire as part of their life journey. As one goes through the motions of gaining skills, undergoing experiences, and climbing ladders, one can expect that as they grow older, their career also goes with them. In a career, however, growth isn’t always natural.
In fact, even hard workers who have proven themselves time and time again aren’t guaranteed to become seniors in their field. To make your career worthwhile, try to think ahead and see what you will learn from this. If you think you cannot grow as a professional or as a person then you should find opportunities that enable you to prove yourself. After all, you deserve to be challenged and have the chance to improve yourself for the better.
3. The career shouldn’t take 100% of your life
Many people think they can put a pause on their personal life and spend their early years earning as much as possible to get the life they want. Unfortunately, some of the harshest truths are:
- Your job is not your life but only a small a part of it
- Your personal happiness plays a role in your sense of fulfillment in your job
- Your career will never replace nor substitute the richness and simplicity of life’s adventures
- You can never pause in life so live your life now before it’s too late
With these principles in mind, it’s safe to say that while making career plans is undoubtedly essential; one should also treat themselves with respect, kindness, and compassion. In life, limiting yourself enables you to live a life of regrets. If you ever decide to make a change now, start with the little things like taking a break every once in a while.
What advice would you give someone who is losing himself over his career?