How to Align Career Goals With Your Interests
The key to a successful life may be found in having a job that satisfies our career goals, having a loving family that supports us and following our heart and passion. But sometimes in the race of life, we may waver from the intent behind our human existence that is to fulfill our dreams and aspirations.
So, we can walk on the path to success by identifying our passion and interests and embark on a journey to align our career goals with our interests. Now the follow up of any thinking individual would be to ask how can one do that? Through this blog, we would identify how we can align these two and make the best out of what is available to us.
So, there used to be a time when it was practically a difficult idea if you wanted to make a career in arts such as dance, music, fine arts, etc not because people did not appreciate them but there was no regular source of earning in these and not a lot of platforms to showcase your talent.
But with the advancement of time, there are now abundant platforms that can provide the opportunity to showcase your talent and earn recognition. So, if you want to make a career in dancing, you can now get enrolled in schools like The Julliard, or The Place and get a degree in Fine Arts and become a world-class dancer, choreographer and so on.
So, while identifying what is it that you want to pursue, you do not need to think whether it would be a sane pursuit to head into that direction. Every profession, every field these days is highly rewarding and you can establish your footing, earn fame and make a lot of money in relatively uncommon fields too provided you have a knack for it.
Which brings us to the point that you need to consider certain things while making a choice to follow certain pursuits to make a vibrant career in that field.
Start by self-introspection in order to identify your interests and to have a rather firm grasp on what would you want to do in life. After gaining some clarity about what is your goal in life or where do you want to see yourself in the upcoming years, start looking for options in that field. For example, you want to help people, a career in social work would be apt for you if you do not want to become a doctor.
And if you have aspirations to stay in touch with medical science but in a non-medical field, a career in Hospital Management might be more appealing to you.
After the identification of the dream, it is time to be prudent! From a practical point of view, carefully analyze your family’s financial position. Affording an MBA degree from the US, UK or Australia can be a hefty deal unless you are a scholar student and get a scholarship and financial aid with just a snap of a finger.
If not, then, make feasible choices and plan things ahead in time and rather look for opportunities that suit your budget, offer the chance to work part-time and at the same time, you get to follow your passion from a reputed university.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
Make your goals and compartmentalize things. Divide your career aspirations and your goals for achievements into long-term and short term goals. So, where do you want to see yourself would be your long term goal but how can you propel yourself in the direction to achieve this goal would rely upon your performance in your monthly, weekly and daily plans.
In order to reach the top of the pyramid, you need to successfully climb the different levels and make necessary substitutions so that there is an alignment of your interests with your career objective. And make sure that your goals are not far-fetched that translating them into reality would become a utopian idea. Set realistic goals and targets and work your way up to the top by hard work, resilience, and unwavering attention.
In the 21st Century, being successful in life would not demand you to give up on everything else. All you would need to eliminate is the detractors and with our career goals aligned with our interests, the path to happiness would be just one step away. So, keep moving because as Eleanor Roosevelt has said,
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”