Finding a career you actually like
If you're in a career that you're not very passionate about, you're certainly not alone. In fact, a Gallup poll found that in 2015 only 32% of employees in the U.S. were engaged in their jobs.
This number is higher than it was 5 years ago, but the growth has been relatively stagnant.
If you really think about it, it makes sense. It's so easy to fall into a career that you don't really enjoy. Here's how it typically works:
High school sets you on a certain track.
You decide if you're a "math person" or a "words person" depending on how you perform in those subjects. And you pick electives based on what you're interested in at the time and what your friends are interested in.
You pick a university and go in with an initial major based on your high school experience.
You might make some adjustments along the way based on some classes you try and what your new friends are doing, but you have far less time than you think to pick a final direction.
Once you graduate, you're pushed to pursue a career within the track you started on years ago.
Your best chance to land a job coming out of school is to pursue one that vibes with your final major and previous internship experience. So you continue down a path that you set in motion years ago.
This is precisely why so many people find themselves stuck with a plan that they made decades ago without really knowing what they enjoyed doing.
If you feel stuck, know that it's not permanent.
Now you're here. And you've realized that you don't care about the industry that you identified as an industry over a decade ago. This should not be surprising. It's ok to zoom out and start searching for something that you actually care about. There are so many different career paths out there. You don't need to continue working in one that you hate.
If you're feeling lost about how to start making the change today, we wrote two in-depth posts that will be worth your time. Check them out below:
Finding a career you love by making everything up.
A useful guide to launching version 2.0 of your life
A career change can be intimidating. That's completely normal. But the only way to get out of a career track that you're not passionate about is to begin taking the steps today to change it.