Everyone wants a great career and everyone wants to be happy. Many times, people think “If I get a great job, then I’ll be set, and be happy”, but often times a great career cannot bring you happiness. Working as a physician for example, is considered a fantastic career; it provides meaningful service to society as well as great job security and monetary compensation. However, suicide rates among physicians are extremely high. You hear of many stories in the news where a well-respected physician with a loving family takes his/her own life. Just very recently, there was a suicide of a medical resident in Quebec that once again started the ongoing discussion of why so many physicians are unhappy, whether or not there is too much pressure and stress in the career of medicine.
I think what people should take away from this is that it’s important to know yourself and evaluate your desires before chasing after a career. Sure, everyone wants to be successful and have that sense of self-actualization, but if you don’t handle stress or workload well, or if having a successful family brings you more joy than a successful career, then I think career goals should be adjusted. I wish I could say for certain that I am currently pursuing the right career, but frankly I am still in the process of self-discovery and self-evaluation. But then again, is there really such thing as a “right” career?