Often, as career advice, we are told to ‘follow our passions’. That’s all well and good if we know what our passions are – many do not. And, if you are lucky enough to have discovered what your passions are, what if it’s not profitable or sustainable? Many aren’t.
I have also heard many people say, “but I don’t know what my passion is.” And the sheer frustration of trying to root it out can leave a person feeling, well…. passionless. And nobody is passionless. Everybody cares about something.
Passions are not something that are innate in us (although many will argue they are) lying dormant until we root them out. They are most often something we discover along the path of life. Many truly, madly, deeply passionate people will tell you that they did not start out passionate about ‘that thing’.
Does it not make more sense to identify a cause/area that means something to you; a societal, community problem or need and direct yourself towards a career where you could potentially create positive change and make a difference in some way in an area that you at least care about? After all, purpose is ranked the most important in job satisfaction. Making a difference makes us feel wonderful. Getting paid to make that difference is even more rewarding.
Surely, we should be aiming to do something valuable. This is the only way we are going to achieve the real change that is so desperately needed.
Here are some of the most purposeful jobs:
- Adult literacy teacher
- Fire chief
- Nurse midwife
- Addiction counsellor
- Child life specialist