KHALIQ: finding the right career

In my human resource management class, my students make a vision board where they paste personal pictures, newspaper cuttings or imaginary ideas. 

The purpose of this vision board is to help them see their lives in 5-10 years from now. For this exercise, I advise students to dig deep inside their minds and hearts and ask their selves one question: why they are choosing a particular career for the rest of their lives. On average, a Canadian lifespan is 80 years. A professional starts working around the age of 25 to 65 years until s/he retires. The question is: why I should be working roughly 40 years of my life for something that I don’t even enjoy. 

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Are you merely working for a paycheque or for a passion? Do you look forward to waking up every Monday thinking this is going to be an exciting work week? Or Mondays are still blue? My advice is don’t work for something that doesn’t excite you. You are wasting your efforts, energy, time and the purpose of your life. 

You may not be able to find the answer of what exactly you want to do in life, and it is completely okay. No one is in hurry. Maybe the universe is telling you to explore more. You will find an answer with time. It is a process that takes time and a lot of trial and errors. You are the average of 5 people you meet often in your life, and your circumstances influence your behavior. If things are not going in our favors, can we twist circumstances around? Yes, with patience and courage of dealing with the unknown, you seriously can do. All you have to do is try and keep trying.

Don’t leave your work because it is not highly paid or your family is not happy with it. Your work should bring excitement to your life, not theirs. Money doesn’t drive happiness in life; it is your goal in life that you have created for yourself will bring peace in your mind at the end of the day. 

My dear students, I don’t want you to regret at the age of 70 that it would have been better if you had listened to your inner feelings instead of family and peers. 

Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. The views expressed are her own. She believes that kindness, smiles, love, and yawning is contagious. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, reading and working out.

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