To be or not to be

Many people say if you love your job it won’t feel like a job at all
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Many people say if you love your job it won’t feel like a job at all Photo provided by

Danielle Barnych, Staff Writer

From a small age, we imagine the responsibility of adulthood and anticipate all its liberating wonders. We dream of becoming big things and holding important titles in the world; that is until we realize that adulting is a more permanent fate than we originally imagined. Being the astronauts and presidents we once dreamed about is harder when taking all things into account. Now on the verge of legal adulthood, it is time to decide your job. A new life. A satisfying career.

When trying to decide what you will become, it is best to think about what makes sense with your character and personality traits. If you are very outgoing and extroverted, it may be of interest to you to pursue a career in political lobbying, entertainment and media or marketing. Some people prefer more energy and constant change, and some jobs allow lots of travelling to other countries to connect with possible business partners and associates.

Another great way to decide is to think about if your career plans can coexist with plans for a family or relationship early on. Normally people in the medical field spend most of their twenties and thirties studying and interning to become a specific medical professional. It is only seen in very few cases that someone has both a family and a job in the medical field so early on because it takes a lot of patience and determination to practice medicine. Less stressful and demanding jobs don’t have as high of a payout but can still allow a schedule flexible enough for kids and a serious relationship.

The most important factor of a job is if you are so happy doing it that you don’t consider it a job. East Lake parent, George Barnych, considers his job as an independent contractor for various well-known manufacturing companies “a reasonable way to support my family and still be able to travel to new places and meet new people. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot, but my life changed and just having a job in general was more important over anything else.” If it is something you are truly passionate about, then there is no questioning it. Granted, money and job security are prominent motivations for job selection, but at the end of the day, it’s sometimes good to remember that dreams are achievable if you allow them to be. Any job that is forced is just a duty and not an outlet for creativity and happiness.

No decision is easy but sticking with your initial instincts, no matter the negative doubts or outside influence that arise, can help you make the dream a reality. When you’re at the point where you have to decide to be or not to be, you should decide on just being fulfilled no matter the job you pursue.