The role of ‘Interest’ in choosing your Career
The role of ‘Interest’ in choosing your Career
Nowadays, it’s commonplace to feel low and dissatisfied with the kind of work you do. You often get bored with the monotony of the profile you handle. Many a times, you are not able to meet the energy level required to put into your current job or business. But have you ever asked yourself, if it is actually normal? Do you expect your children to go through similar kind of stress and emotional outburst that you experience? Do you wish your future generations also to tackle weekly Monday blues? If not, then what is it that needs to change for you or your children to have a happier and a more balanced work and personal life?
In the haste of taking up a career, majority of people choose the most popular or flashy career options that offer huge money. But that doesn’t keep them happy or satisfied with their jobs for major part of their lives.
Importance of choosing a career of your interest:
“Choose a job that you like, and, you will never have to work, for your life.”
The most important thing to deliberate is whether you chose your career paths according to the latest trend and boom or according to your own interests and innate skills.
It has been found in a recent research that a person would spend 1/3rd of his/her life at work. That would come to around 90,000 hours in a lifetime. Imagine wasting your energy, your caliber and your skills in doing something you are not made for and in spending a major portion of your lifetime on that. Let us not allow our children to waste their important phase in life, by jumping into a career which is not meant for them. Give them an opportunity to analyze their skills, their intrinsic talent and pave their own career path accordingly.
Effects of choosing a career of your interest:
People who enjoy the work they do are found to progress exponentially as compared to those who have just chosen their job or career in accordance with what most of the others are doing. Choosing a career which is properly mapped with your native personality, can affect you enormously:
1. Better work environment
You can always contribute in having a better work environment if you choose to pursue a work of your interest. People who are happy with what they are doing are under a blissful feeling of self-satisfaction. They always spread happiness around, thus making it easier and more comfortable for themselves as well as other team members to work.
2. Delivery of quality work
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
If you are happy and content with the work you do, it is bound to give extremely good results. The quality of your work is directly proportional to the heart and soul you put into it. And this is possible only if the work you are doing interests and intrigues you.
3. More Job Satisfaction
Needless to say, if you love the work you do you shall not do it like your work, it then becomes your passion and pursuing your passion will always give you highest degree of satisfaction. Therefore, it is extremely important to look for those career options you can be passionate about. Those things which interest you more than anything else will assist in achieving pure job satisfaction.
4. Leading healthier life
Keeping yourself happy and away from all sorts of stress and emotional imbalances will keep you physically fit and thus ensuring a healthier life. A career that is a blend of your interest and your values will contribute in maintaining proper work life balance and in keeping you happy even at the spiritual level.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
5. High Prospects of Growth
A career that is of your interest and which matches with your inborn abilities and proficiencies will always offer extensive opportunities to grow. The growth here can be colossal as you love the work you do and hence you would do it to the best of your capabilities.
How to choose the career of your interest?
In this era of globalization and burgeoning of various industries with vast opportunities it has become increasingly difficult to figure out what areas may interest you more. It is confusing to zero down to your area of passion which you can pursue for a lifetime. Hence a professional guidance can be of extreme help in choosing the right career path, according to a child’s interest area.
A career assessment can play a vital role in determining the right direction.
A few tips to keep in mind while deciding your career path:
• Surround yourself with people who will motivate you in choosing the career of your interest.
• Be an active learner, keep updating yourself and learn from your experiences.
• Don’t hesitate to get in touch with someone who is professionally qualified to help you.
• Make the best use of time and resources available at your disposal.
Though choosing a career of your interest and the one matching your personality shall entail the above benefits, yet it is not hard and fast to take your passion or interest as your fulltime job. Many of us may decide to pursue it as a part-time profession and be satisfied with the same. However, it may still be a delight if you are able to make it an important part of your life.
“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.”- Steve Jobs