Career and happiness

happyEveryone 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?

Getting out of your comfort zone

comfort zoneI am and probably will always be an introvert. While I’m fully capable of initiating and engaging in conversation with strangers, it’s not something I seek out voluntarily, nor is it something I enjoy. But here I am, 3 months into my new job as Campus Representative for Kaplan Inc; a job in which approaching strangers, engaging in small talk and promoting Kaplan’s services describes my role in its entirety. Needless to say, it has not been the most comfortable experience for me, but it’s been an amazing learning experience and I feel it has benefited my personal development more than any job I have ever taken upon.

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