Understanding Your Passions for a Future Career

  • February 2014
  • Posted By JohnnyG

If you went back about a hundred years ago and asked a regular school boy or girl, what they wanted to be when they grow up, you would get a pretty solid answer – such as – a tailor, a seamstress, a grocery store owner, a doctor, or a carpenter. Typically, children at that time considered the occupation of their parents as the footprint for their future careers, whether or not they eventually ended up on the same professional path. Forward a few decades to the 1980’s and 90’s and the answers you got from a normal 10-year-old would be – an astronaut, an archeologist or a veterinarian. Without any alarm or cause for concern, you remember the good ol’ days, when you were aspiring to become a pop star or a movie director.

Unfortunately, in today’s world the trend of hip and pop occupations is getting a lot more troubling. There are more and more college students or young adults, who display the same mentality as grade-school children had 20 or 30 years ago. They want a job that is really “cool”, has very short working hours and earns an incredible amount of money. Therefore, we end up having more Psychology or Journalism graduates than our society could possibly find use for in a thousand of years, while the job market continues to starve for skilled workers to keep the ball rolling.

Of course, who wouldn’t want to be an archeologist, spending their life looking for ancient treasures? Or who wouldn’t want to be a race car driver or a military jet pilot? Yet, I wonder, whatever happened to the passion for everyday jobs and careers? Why have we allowed the culture and media to shape our own and our children’s minds into believing that there is something not-cool and inferior about using your own set of hands to produce something the society needs on everyday bases?

Skilled workers have an upper edge in the rat race on the job market. There seems to be a steady and continual demand for them. Factories and manufacturers may settle for entry-level employees out of desperate need to get the job done, but they are thrilled to find a passionate and skilled worker. And with the boom in internet and online educational technology, even technical skills and training are often accomplished online. From online extrusion training, which will teach you the trade of creating plastic tubing, fencing and framing, to online automotive engineering degree, you can now pursue your true passion for a hands-on, practical career in a convenient way.

Don’t be afraid to be, who you really are and go find the “cool” in careers that channel the creativity inside of each one of us into something more tangible, practical and needed. Not everyone likes an office job. And our job markets are saturated with business majors, who never get to run a business and liberal arts graduates, who still need to “righty-tighty and lefty-loosy” their way through opening a screw-tight battery chamber.

In the meantime, we are buying new appliances and equipment, because there’s nobody around who could fix the old and not-so-old ones at a reasonable price. And with unemployment rates soaring, we continue to hire workers from abroad to produce our stuff and our foods, because there aren’t enough skilled workers of our own populace, who are willing to get down and dirty and get the job done.

So, turn off the soap opera, where men and women spend all day long festering in their relationship wounds and somehow magically manage to afford an upper-scale lifestyle. And ditch the ever-present online scams that promise you to earn thousands of dollars each month (or even week) by sitting on your couch and clicking a mouse every now and then. Rather, re-discover the true potential inside of you for a good-quality, hard work. You will not only help yourself. You will also help your local and national economy and you will help the community by providing it with high-quality services and products.


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