Where do you want to
be 10 years from now?
and I’d like to do a little throwback post for all of you. Not all of you may
know this but I am not a full time blogger. In fact, I’m a full-time office
employee who works on a 8-6 9-5 shift Monday to Friday. I’ve been working in
the corporate world for 7 years now and though I’m happy with how things are
running right now, looking back I wonder if things would be better if I pursued
the career path that I really wanted.
|No regrets. I had the BEST blockmates ever. Can you spot me? Did I age gracefully?|
Factors that affect one’s career choices – (*source:OnlineCollege.org)
Skills and Abilities – The activities you enjoy and those you are competent in. Choosing a career where you would excel is an advantage.
Culture – Racial and ethnic background, as well as the culture of an individual’s regional area, local community, and extended family, may impact career decisions. Our culture often shapes our values and expectations as they relate to many parts of our lives, including jobs and careers.
Gender – As much as we want to deviate from gender stereotypes, this is inevitable. But it’s better if we choose to work in an environment which embraces gender diversity.
Social and Economic Conditions – All of our career choices take place within the context of society and the economy. Can you afford to go to a specific school where you want to study? Can you sustain it until you graduate?
Childhood Fantasies – What do you want to be when you grow-up? You may remember this question from your childhood, and it may have helped shape how you thought about careers then, as well as later in life.
How to Choose Your Future
Let’s follow a heirarchy of importance according to FutureYou.ph. Specially if you’re still in high school or younger.
Career – What do you want to do in your life 10 years from now? Where do you want to be 50 years from now? Would you want to do this every single day of your life?
Course – What course do you need to take in order to pursue your dream career?
School – Which schools offer those courses? Are they near your place? How about the costs? Can you afford the tuition fee? Can you pass the entrance tests?
What is FutureYou.Ph?
you. Regardless of income, school, or peer pressure. Ask yourself, quoting
Allan Watts “If money was not an object, what would you like to
do?” Start from that and with the help of FutureYou.ph explore on how to choose a path where you can build a career out
of your passion, skills, and life goals. Make informed decisions. If you
choose to do what you love, success will definitely follow. It’s better to plan
ahead than regret later.
recruitment or job site. It is a project of the Philippine Business for
Education (www.pbed.ph) in partnership with United States Agency for International Development
(USAID)/Philippines. (see: http://www.futureyou.ph/about)
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I agree. Whatever you do, just follow your heart. Well, as for me, I did not end up where I " dreamt" of but I am happy and contented.
Some people make this mistake of choosing a course in college based on what can possibly give them the best opportunity financially. In the end, some of the people I know who did so ended up working in a different industry which they never thought they'd end up at or shifting to another course eventually… I, on the other hand, took the course which I know would lead me to pursuing my dream. I don't always make the best decisions but this is one of those I never regretted.
I may not be THERE yet (financially) but I am certainly happy with my job, with my side jobs, and the other opportunities coming my way because of the choices I've made way back in college 😀