Career Choice: Progress versus Passion
In our last Friday’s post, we discussed a few industries and what to be considered, albeit shallowly, when choosing to venture into them. Engineering was one of them. Just like IT, we concluded that this particular field does not have much vertical and maybe even horizontal movement. These two are highly specialized and they tend to define the eventual refined individual in their later years. Bill Gates, for instance, is still known as The Microsoft Guy ever since he created for us Windows many years ago. Today, other than being involved with a number of philanthropic activities, his Microsoft is still giving us more and more computer based software. We have other careers that tend to be more flexible and dynamic. They give you a wide variety of choices and you can switch from one to another with much ease due to their connectivity.
Business and Commerce
They form the biggest industries in the world. Almost everyone else falls in this category, save for a few others that we will discuss later. Amazingly careers in this category run into the other fields because they act as links between those other forms of specialization. We have many business courses that can be pursued today in academic institutions world over. It is such a wide field that most of them end up interlocking or crossing paths. Most managerial positions are held by people in these fields. If you fancy being a department head or group CEO of some company someday, then this is the path. Beware that it is not guaranteed that you will be a manager when you study Business Management in college.
Another career that is deemed to be bliss, law is also very wide in nature. There is property law, criminal law, industrial law, company legal counsel, amongst so many others. Lawyers, or barristers or attorneys as they are referred to in some other countries, work in firms. Their success is normally associated with the brand names of the partners in the firm. As a junior litigator, you are likely to succeed in the law career just by associating with big brand names in the profession. As for company legal counsels, a great number of them are hired solo by companies to offer their services on retainer. A good number also venture into government side and become magistrates and judges. Surprisingly but expected, a lot of lawmakers venture into politics at some point in their life. We call them lawmakers, don’t we?
It is somehow tied to business and commerce, depending on the nature. Commercial and subsistence forms of agriculture are majorly driven by passion. I have a friend who loved agriculture from way back in primary school. The guy rears every domestic animals and birds you may think of. Ask him why and he’ll tell you “I just love these creatures!” Agriculture is also wide in nature from research to farming. A great number of third world treasures are in agriculture, by the mere fact that this is the industry that literally feeds the nations. Today you can study agriculture in universities and colleges as well as the traditional apprenticeship.
Sales and Marketing
Also tied to business and commerce, sales and marketing is also a common field that you can venture into. Surviving or making it in sales and marketing requires passion and commitment because it involves a lot of convincing. Some do it so naturally that you just find yourself loving them more than the product they are offering. Sales and marketing is an integral function in virtually all organizations and companies. It is what brings business to them. In fact, the biggest share of the budget in most successful companies goes into sales and marketing because it is directly tied to the revenue of these companies. This field runs from the lowest form all the way to the major stage. Do you have the passion? That’s what it takes to be a successful sales and marketing executive.
In these particular fields, your effort is majorly what determines where you will end up or who you will become professionally. You can switch gears as much as you like, but specialization still remains important in growth of career. Have you evaluated yourself career wise? Have you found your passion? Do you want to grow in whatever field you have chosen?
Get a career coach. Figure it out together.
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