On Making Career Decisions for Yourself
December 16, 2014 Leave a comment
The only person who is in charge of your life is you, regardless of what others may say or think. One of the hardest parts about making a career change can be explaining your job status to everyone and having to defend your decisions to those who may consider them “untraditional.” Although the people in your life may be supportive, it can be hard for them to not pass judgment.
Because of societal norms, people get a little uncomfortable if your professional “track” does not consist of graduating college, getting a full-time career and continuing to work this way until you achieve financial success or start a family. Although for many this works, it is not the ideal plan for each person. There are so many careers nowadays that make it so you don’t need to fit into this bubble to be successful. With technology, more and more people are learning and working from home and pursuing less conventional career paths.
However, that same technology which makes this possible also makes it so our private lives are increasingly scrutinized. With social networks booming, people are now accustomed to having detailed information about each other’s lives at their fingertips. Feelings of shame and insecurity are byproducts of being constantly exposed to the updates and accomplishments of our peers and it’s easy to feel inferior about our jobs and lives.
With this culture of comparisons, it’s become harder than ever to leave a job or find a job, and the pressure to land a great gig and prove to others that you are successful. Don’t be discouraged by what your friends, current coworkers, or family members think of your decisions. You’re the only person who truly knows which career path is best for you; be confident in your knowledge and skills, and always trust your gut.