Monday, May 10, 2010

Is Career Everything? Part 1

For this post, I want to dive into what makes us tick from a Career perspective.  Many of my friends are college educated and are in all walks of life.  They are doctors, lawyers, educators, nurses, engineers, and more.  You could say my friends careers are as diverse as my thought.
I digress.
Over the years following graduation from FAMU, many have traversed the various fields of professional endeavor.  When I ask," are you happy with what you are doing", many reply with, "its ok...not a career per se."  Many of them are cognizant of the difference between a Job and a Career, and acknowledge that at some point they were/are just working a job.  More recently however, even in the midst of the greatest economic crisis of our generation, many of my friends have taken the leap to go after that career, and be happy with what they call their profession.

My question is: What is IT that enabled them to come to the realization and muster up the courage to follow their passions? Are Career and Passion inextricably linked?

I'm personally going through some Job/Career issues, and I yearn for the secret that is finding ones passion and going after it.  I am a firm believer that God put us on this beautiful Earth for a purpose.  The challenge is identifying that purpose and putting it to constructive work.

So in the first Career installment of this blog, I invite you to share your thoughts on what drives us to our passion...and what keeps us away from it.
If you are one of the blessed ones to be working your passion, feel free to share your journey to attainment.  If you're one of the many like myself who are still in search of your passion or have no mechanism to achieve it, then I invite you to share your challenges.

Speak freely!



  1. I have to say that after leaving school, I took on job after job, not really focusing on my career. I made the mistake of thinking that I had plenty of time to figure it out. Now, years later, I'm a stay at home mom, I know exactly what I want to do. And I'm going after it. I know what my passions are (fashion and writing), but what held me back was not knowing exactly how to combine those passions and turn it into my career. Of course, it's not paying the bills yet, but in the long run, as long as I keep at it, it will be more than just paying the bills.

    I have to say, though, that it took countless jobs and stress to finally get to this point. I've been blessed enough, this far to be a stay at home mom, though not by choice. With a job to go to everyday, I wasn't able to focus on what was important to me career wise. So, being at this point in my life, I have finally found a career path that I absolutely love. It's an uphill climb and very time consuming, but if ever there was something worth having, this is it. So I'm willing to put in the hours and effort.

    What I notice is lots of people who have degrees, feel they need to make a career in that particular field. If someone is lucky enough to end up in their field and they love it, great. But sometimes it doesn't always work out that way. The sooner people realize that it's ok to want something else, the easier it will be to find out where their true passions lie. Soul searching is definitely necessary.
    (sorry for the long-winded comment) *exhale*

  2. Wow...thanks for that. I definitely agree that trial and error is a means to getting there. To your point, soul searching is definitely necessary and at the same time, the most challenging part...