We all know how valuable our work is when it comes to paying bills, but that doesn’t always mean we’re are all happy with the role we work in.
The word job determines a role which we merely perform for an end wage, while the word career evokes a type of work which has been achieved and sets us on a path different from that of a mere job.
Work Identity Starts with Formal Education
By the time most of us have begun taking our final school exams, we’re lead to believe that we’re more suited to individual roles, or that only specific work titles will be open to us because of our expected grades and indeed social status.
At this early age in life, a considerable proportion of us will have no clue as to what we want to spend the rest of our life doing for work, so it’s little wonder we don’t fight against these assumptions so early on.
However, once we’ve entered the big bad world of work or slog through college and university to better ourselves, many of us begin to rethink our choices.
Career Advice for Conventional Routes
The problem is the career advice we receive as youngsters. There are specific routes that career advisors have in mind for us based on our grades and school record, and we usually find ourselves pushed along somebody else’s preferred path.
For example, show aptitude in sciences and medicine is recommended, show interest in cars and a mechanical role is suggested. Likewise, show a talent for numbers, and you’ll hear finance mentioned while a caring and helpful manner will land you at social care.
Bucking the Trend for Normal Workplace Roles
Experts such as Primat Recruitment believe in prepping people for exciting and upcoming opportunities in those industries not referenced as much in a careers session, such as the oil and gas industry.
For some youngsters entering the workplace, chances are there are many more roles where the industry experts predict such growth, which is still being ignored when it comes to handing out career advice to the next generation.
With entrepreneurs, thriving alternative industries and the more obscure of job title holders now hitting back at traditional working routes, it’s only a matter of time before the next generation can focus on what they believe they can do, rather than what they’re told they can do.