Did you know it’s National Careers Week?
This article in the Evening Standard got me thinking; If I had my time again would I have chosen a more interesting career?
It encourages us to explore our interests; the things we enjoy, before we make our career choices. In my case sport, exercise, travel and recycling furniture are my current passions however, none of these interests played a part in my early career.
Thinking about the kind of environment that we would prefer to work in is so important. I am very much a people person and so I feel most comfortable and at my happiest in a team environment. Although I have worked for myself for the past 10 years or so I still miss the camaraderie of working with others and relish any opportunities to collaborate and network.
Making sure the career we choose fits in with our lifestyle is crucial. When I left full time education I went into banking and finance and worked long hours. This would definitely not suit my lifestyle today which is why I love the flexibility of being self employed.
Redundancy forced me to re think my future career path and in many ways it did me a favour, however, I would always encourage those starting out to choose a career that incorporates their passions/interests. After all, you are a long time working so you might as well enjoy what you do for a living from the outset and give yourself the chance to create the work/life balance you deserve.