I know what you’re thinking, she’s lured me here with a click-baity article that I now have to skim read in order to find out what she means. Well, you are right, it is click-baity but also relevant. You’re probably thinking to yourself “oh what a hippy, she doesn’t work and believes we shouldn’t have to.” Well, you’re partly right, I don’t believe we should but that’s a subject for another time. What I mean by this title “Why having a career is overrated” is that we shouldn’t put pressure on ourselves – or our children – to pursue one type of career.

I was watching the Real Housewives of New York the other night where one of the wives was putting pressure on her 12 year old to go into acting, forget about her education and decide what she wants to do in life. At 12. She also wanted to get her into the family business so made her child go into the office on her day off school. It’s a no from me. Yes, teach your child a good work ethic but do not be pushing them into a career.

What I used to love when I was younger was when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I used to say all the obvious answers, such as I wanted to be an actress or a vet. I could have done those things I suppose. But when I got to the lovely age of 15 and 16, the dreaded question would come up, but this time more serious. “What do you want to do with your life?” “You need to decide what you want to study at college in order to have a career.”

First of all, no, you don’t. You do not need to decide what you want right now, or ever, in fact. Having one set goal for a career is unrealistic. I’ve had so many ideas for what I want to do in life, from writing, editing and animal care. I have been in countless jobs. I’ve worked in retail, I’ve been a waitress, I’ve worked in an office and now I’m self employed as a social media manager.

I am perfectly happy right now and I don’t know what the future holds. I just know that I will only ever apply to jobs that I want. I will only ever do what I want. But you know what? All those jobs I hated got me to where I am now. I appreciate the people who work in retail because I could never do it again. Some people enjoy their jobs or have to do their jobs to live. But as long as you have that experience and you work a lot of different jobs, the right one will eventually come along. You’ll appreciate the hard times you had as a waitress under stress. You’ll appreciate the customers being snotty because now you have a backbone. You can learn so much from different roles so that’s why I think it’s important to experience everything. Don’t set goals because your path could end up anywhere. Go with the flow as they say and see where life takes you.

8 thoughts on “Why Having a Career is Overrated

  1. Yes! I think it’s so important to do more than one kind of job. It really gives you a lot of life experience and also if your career backfires, you have other options to fall back on because you have previous experience in other areas.
    I think we have way too much pressure at a young age to do what makes us happy but it’s actually what makes the school happy, not us.
    Changing careers is not a mistake made, it’s just another notch on our belts!
    Great post 😊

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  2. Thank you so much for this! There’s so much pressure on prioritising a career, especially if you have a uni degree. I’ve been struggling with my mental health a lot and I STILL feel guilty for not really being “ambitious” in the way society expects me too! It’s ridiculous, if you think about it. Of course work is very important for a lot of people, and that’s fine, but at the end of the day, should it really be the central focus of your life?

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    1. The answer is no. Some people think it’s everything and that’s fine. But for me I just think it’s all a social construct. I mean how ridiculous is it that we as humans created money and then we have to work in order to get it to live. I completely get the mental health side too, I’ve had to become self employed because working in an office was draining me

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  3. That’s a great post! I completely agree with you. I believe we should teach kids to nurture a passion and mostly focus on that, rather than making them stress out about career expectations.

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  4. I think this is such an interesting and important topic to share! I agree with you that forcing a career in a child is wrong – especially at such a young age! I never knew what I wanted to do (and still don’t) so that question always had the same answer haha! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  5. I love this! I’ve been grappling a lot lately about “traditional” career paths, passion projects, and trying to figure out when a passion project can turn into a career. It’s all really overwhelming and definitely changes depending on the individual. Thanks for your insight!

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