Ca­reer paths

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

NOT EV­ERY­ONE who lives a com­fort­able life is con­tented and not all who are sat­is­fied with their jobs feel ful­filled. If you feel a cer­tain empti­ness in your life or your ca­reer, then per­haps there is a need for you to re-as­sess your car­rier path or at least check how you do what you do.

The trick here is to achieve com­fort, sat­is­fac­tion, con­tent­ment and ful­fill­ment rolled into one in what­ever you do. But the questions are whether you can have them all through one sin­gle pro­fes­sion or should you need to open your­self to ven­ture into other ca­reer paths as you try to keep your day job?

Good thing there is a for­mula for get­ting what I just men­tioned; I learned them in one of the sem­i­nars I at­tended a few years back. Here they are:

1. On Sat­is­fac­tion – sat­is­fac­tion is achieved when you have a ca­reer or a pro­fes­sion, that is, when you get paid for what you do well. You see there are a lot of peo­ple who are so good at cer­tain things yet are not paid or are quite un­der­paid for what they do and so they do not ex­pe­ri­ence the sat­is­fac­tion they de­sire. This could ei­ther be be­cause their ex­per­tise is not yet that good or their break has not yet come and they are not yet no­ticed. If it’s sat­is­fac­tion you seek in life then per­haps you have to mas­ter more your craft, con­tinue learn­ing your trade and show more how well you do what you do best so that you can have a bright car­rier ahead of you what­ever that is you are do­ing.

2. On Con­tent­ment – con­tent­ment on the other hand could be achieved if you em­brace your vo­ca­tion, that is, when the world needs ex­actly what you love to do. There are so many things that you can do and you can be if you put your mind into them. Your pos­si­bil­i­ties are in­fi­nite; you can be a lawyer, a doc­tor, an artist or an en­gi­neer. Yet al­most al­ways there is al­ways this one thing that you would love do­ing more than the rest of your choices. And when that thing that you love to do is also what your com­mu­nity needs then we call that a call­ing or a vo­ca­tion. To em­brace it would surely as­sure you of a sense of con­tent­ment. Iron­i­cally, vo­ca­tions are not quite fi­nan­cially re­ward­ing yet this is com­pen­sated by the sense of con­tent­ment you get from re­spond­ing to such call.

3. On com­fort – com­fort of course is achieved when you get paid high for what you do. Peo­ple are usu­ally paid high when their ser­vices are what the world or their com­mu­nity greatly needs. It is called char­ity when what you do is what the world needs from you. It does not nec­es­sar­ily mean that you love do­ing it, it’s just that it is what is in de­mand at this time. This ex­plains why at cer­tain point al­most ev­ery stu­dent took nurs­ing and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, their goal was to be com­fort­able once they get a job out­side of our coun­try re­gard­less of whether they like it or not.

4. On ful­fill­ment – ful­fill­ment is a prod­uct of your pas­sion, that is, when you do well what you love do­ing. Pas­sion for cer­tain things such as sports or a cause is what usu­ally drives a per­son to per­fect his craft. And when you are given the break to do what you love then you will surely be ful­filled.

Again, the trick is to achieve all four. For some of us, our present job pro­vides us all these (the lucky ones) but for oth­ers we barely even have one. What I do is that I have a day job that gives me con­tent­ment and ful­fill­ment, but I also ven­ture into two other jobs that give me com­fort and sat­is­fac­tion.*

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