“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Confucius
We all have been hearing this quote again and again. This is one of my favourite quote. 🙂 I always try to live by practising this. Ask yourself? Are you in love with your current job? Do you enjoy waking up in the morning and excited to go to work? Do you check the clock for every 10 mins to see how long it is before you can finally go back home? Do you hate Mondays? Well, then you have to read this.
This quote reminds me of a Hindi movie “3 Idiots” starred by Amir Khan, Madhavan and Sharman Joshi. The main lead in the movie (Amir Khan) will motivate both of his best friends to do what they love the most without fear (photography) and not to listen to others (parents). At the end of the movie, all of them will do well because they work for their passion. When you work for your passion, money will come. But the most important thing is all of them love their job. Don’t just be a parrot that repeats what your educators have taught you. Think for yourself. If you haven’t watch this movie, I will recommend you to watch it. This movie is worth your time.
Now, if you have just graduated from college or universities or high school and have no plan to further your studies and wants to start your working life immediately, then this article is definitely for you. You must be wondering where to get a job. How much you are going to earn, etc. I have been working for couple of years and realised that there are some key aspects that influence my working experience. These aspects determine whether I’m happy with my job. So, let’s take a look what you need to consider when you are considering a career.
1. Urban or Rural
Many of us do not prefer to work at rural area. The main reason is because most rural areas do not have basic facilities and have very few entertainment. Sometimes you have to drive for miles away just to get to a small town to buy your monthly groceries. Whereas in the cities, you can find almost everything you need. But you have to spend hours stuck in TRAFFIC JAM and overcrowded public transport especially during peak hours. Oh my God, I hated it. You can’t go back on time. After spending so long on the road, all you want to do when you are back home is take shower, eat and sleep. The next day, the routine continues.
By choosing a job at rural area, you get peace of mind, ample of time and actually save money. You won’t be spending too much money buying those branded clothes, trying to look better and richer than your peers and will have a much more relaxed lifestyle.
In addition to that, you will be surrounded by nature. Research says that the more you view nature, the more relax you will be in comparison to viewing a concrete building. Our body and mind heal naturally by being close to nature.
I would suggest for you to try both rural and urban lifestyle to see which is more suitable for you. When you are young and active, maybe urban would be more appealing to you. But as you get older and wants to settle down, you might want to change to a more relax lifestyle.
2. Dependence or Independence
The next thing you want to consider is whether you want to be independent or dependent on your parents. When you choose to be working in city far away from your hometown, you will learn to be independent. You will have more freedom and can do what you want to do without having to ask permission. When I used to stay far away from family, I will go for dinner late at night, sometimes go for late night movies. As long as you know how to take care of yourself and be safe, then it should be fine. But is it possible to do it when I’m at home? My mum will be calling me every 30 mins to check what time I’m coming back. Late night movies is a total no-no even if I’m going with my siblings. 😐
I get to choose to do what I want to do and when I want to do it with ease. There is no one to question me. But I have to do everything on my own. I have to cook for myself, do laundry, clean the house, sweep, mop and wash bathroom. Pheewww….
But staying with parents, everything is taken care of. From food, laundry and cleaning, everything is taken care. Wait, wait, wait…! Before you assume anything, I just want to say that I still do house chores from time to time. I still wash dishes, cook occasionally and little bit of cleaning here and there. But yeah, I’m pampered. Oh gosh, I love my mum, have no idea what I will do without her. Thank you, Mum! 😘
So, choose whether you want freedom and do everything on your own or be restricted and you don’t have to worry almost about everything.
3.Money or passion
Nowadays, it is so difficult to get a job according to your qualification. Whatever job that you are able to secure, just grab the opportunity and try to do well. If you know what you want to do and have your own passion, do it. If you are not able to do it full time, then do it part time. Do it during the weekends. Sharpen your skills.
Many of us might be working out of no choice. Maybe you hated the job. Maybe you hated your boss or colleague. Maybe you are just sticking to it because of the money. But ask yourself, are you happy?
If you choose to do a job out of passion, you will be very happy even if the pay is very small. Remember the quote, choose a job you like and you will never feel like you are working. If you are working for the money, but cursing your job everyday, ask yourself if that is what you really want? Do a job that you feel satisfied and feel worth it. If you manage to get a job that pays you well and at the same time, it is your passion, then you will be unstoppable! Good luck!
4. Conducive working environment
Do you like your working environment? Do you like the nature of your job? Do you like your boss? Do you like your working colleagues? If you are saying no to any of it, then you might not be happy with your job. Our surroundings at work will greatly determine our success for long term career.
I remember when I decided to quit a course mainly due to the nature of the job that is related to the course. The job requires me to be working day and night for tight deadline in case of sudden project. I’m a person who needs balanced lifestyles and I thought that this career will not be suitable for me.
Nowadays, a lot of companies offers contract job. They are a bit hesitant to take permanent workers maybe due to the current economy crisis. If you are good at your job, they might absorb you as a permanent employee. For me, I feel more secure when I have a stable job.
Last time, when I was working for a contract job, I was constantly worried of my performance, whether my employer would renew my contract. In case if they don’t renew, I will be out of job and will have to hunt for new job again which is not easy. I will have to go through the whole process of job hunting, interview, screening, elimination, job confirmation, reallocating to new housing area, etc.
I realized that I will have to get a permanent job so that I don’t have to worry for my future. If you have monthly commitments, then it is even worst. So when you apply for job, try to get a permanent job.
I have shared with you 5 things to consider when choosing a career. All these points are important for me and I hope you take some time to think carefully to choose your career. With that, Athios! Thank you for taking your time to read my blog. 🙏🙏🙏
Source of image :