Choosing Your Career Isn’t a Life Sentence

Choosing a career is one of the most important things that you can do.  You are going to spend a large portion of your waking hours engaged in the pursuit of an income, so you may as well choose a career that you love. 

I learned a lot about life and work from my father, from whom I inherited my work-a-holic tendencies.  He was a great man who was devoted to his work and to his family, and had very solid beliefs about the role that career plays in life. 

Among the many wise bits of advice he gave me in during his life is the following:  “there is nothing worse than being in a job that you hate or being married to someone you can’t stand”.  He managed to avoid both, and so far so have I. 

While I have had jobs that I couldn’t stand, his words gave me the strength to walk away from them when the time was right.  I’ve been lucky in the spouse category, though.  Haven’t had to change my mind about that one.

Too many people stay in jobs that are wrong for them instead of choosing careers that will become a natural part of their lives.  Don’t take the first job that comes along and then try to make it into something other than what it is.  If you end up in a job or a career that isn’t right for you, just keep looking until you find one that is.

Remember that choosing a career isn’t a life sentence.  If you aren’t happy where you land in the beginning, you can always start over if you change your mind!


Making a career choice? While it’s important to choose the right career, keep in mind that you won’t be sentenced to stay in the same career forever. Many people change careers several times throughout their lifetimes.

About the author:
Mary G. White, M.A., SPHR is the Training Coordinator Mobile Technical Institute & MTI Business Solutions, where she specializes in human resources, management, and marketing training. She teaches open enrollment classes for MTI, provides on-site corporate training, and frequently speaks at conferences and association meetings. MTI also provides a variety of consulting services, including IT Training, certification testing, HR consulting, custom database development and website solutions.
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