What should I do with my life? This question is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. The job market is more complex than ever. How can we find a meaningful profession that makes us happy? What is our calling?
Everyone knows such moments when the question arises: What the hell am I doing and why am I here? Even in kindergarten we are asked: What do you want to become when you are grown up? There are certain social expectations – you better know your true calling very early and stick to that decision.
What is your dream career?
Historically, the idea of a “perfect job” is constantly changing. In the post-war period, the desire for security and stability determined the labor market. Then the demand for self-development was expressed in the 1968s. Today, most people seek for self-realization and financial security.
To find your path, take some time and reflect about projects that have been waitlisted for your current career. Do you want to travel to Asia? Do you want to write a book or learn the Norwegian language? Your job must not become the almighty power in your life. Attention: Don’t start to hate your current job during this process. Tatjana Schnell, a personal psychologist and psychiatrist, has a helpful advice: "Even if my job is not my life passion, I can still like it. Why? Because it allows me to support my family or to travel.” Starting at this point, you can dive deeper: Where do you really want to go?
This TED article describes a fulfilling job as a set of three things: to do something that one can do well, to do something that is valued and to do something that improves other people’s life.
Follow your dreams and try something new
Some people have already found their passion – or even numerous passions – and some are still on the lookout. Some people in a steady job realize that they want to change to another industry. Some students begin a second degree a year after graduation. Take your time.
Albert Einstein once said: "The purest form of madness is to leave everything as it is, and at the same time to hope that something will change." It is worthwhile to leave your comfort zone and to try something new. It is never too late to follow your dreams!
Alexandra Landa, Kultur-Perle