The Career Doctor™
A CAREER WITH A PURPOSE
Dear Career Doctor:
How does someone find a career with a purpose?
I bet you asked this question to friends and family, and they said something
like, “Become a teacher because it feels great to help children learn,”
or “Doctors do important work healing the sick.” While those statements are
true, you are still asking your question, because whatever has been suggested
isn’t something that would give YOUR life purpose.
Here’s the answer career counselors give: Every happy person feels their work
has purpose – a purpose that matters to them. Yes, it is noble to be a good
teacher or a good physician, but if you don’t particularly want your purpose
in life to be educating children or curing illness, then those professions
will not make you feel fulfilled.
The concept of fulfillment and purpose is different for every person and
profession: Carpenters love building things. Homemakers feel good about
raising children and keeping house. Accountants love to bring order to numbers.
Computer programmers like to figure out how to solve problems – and enjoy
correcting errors. People in business love to make money.
So, try to do for yourself what a career counselor would do with you: Analyze
what you feel is important in life. Think about people you admire whose work
seems to have purpose. Fantasize about what kind of work might make you feel
good. Then go for it!
The Career Doctor
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