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Did you choose your career path to better your life or to change the world?

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Darin’s Answer

Hi Karen,

I chose to go back to school because I wanted more of a challenge in my life and wanted to learn a trade but wasn't sure what trade at the time. It took me a couple semesters in before I finally chose a major and eventual career path because I wanted to advance up with my employer at the time. I'm no longer with that employer however my major I'm in I can use in really any company, which I have a dream job I'm going to try and work towards and achieve. So to answer your question I basically choose my eventual career path to better my life

That’s awesome! What major did you choose to help you search for your dream job? Karan S.

Computer Programing. My dream job is Walt Disney Imagineering Darin Munnell

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Karan,

For me, I work in recruiting and didn't necessarily choose it at first. I came to my first recruiting job through a job fair at my school and it sounded interesting. They told me I would talk to a lot of people and help employ them(which are two things I like doing; talking to people and helping them). As I started that career, I slowly realized more and more how meaninful that type of job was because I was genuinely helping people and able to connect w/ them on a somewhat personal level to understand a little of who they are and how I can help impact their lives positively.

I did end up leaving that company because the environment became negative and terrible. So I ended up taking a break from recruiting because I thought it was also that type of work. After taking a couple years off though, another opportunity to recruit came up with a way better company and I have loved it since. So in choosing a career path for you, I would also make sure the environment makes you happy, so no matter what type of job or career you have at times, you enjoy it.

Good luck!

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Devona’s Answer

Hey Karan,

Better my life.
When I was applying to college I had no idea what I wanted to major in, I just knew I liked to dance and enjoyed computers. Like many students, I had a lot of pressure on me to make that choice early on. So I simplified it, I thought about what career would keep my interest for a few years and provide with me with enough income to live comfortably and pay my bills/student loans. I figured once I got into this field, I could either go back to school, or work for a company and then jump around on different teams. I chose engineering and narrowed it down to computers. Fortunately for me, my first job in the field, kept leading to new opportunities and teams, so I never left.

If you are coming out of college and are swamped with debt and bills, the related stress isn't helpful, especially when you're trying to figure out who you want to be. So I would say make choices that would better your life. Then from there you will have plenty of chances to help others either within your career or thru volunteering with outside organizations. I hope this helps you make this decision for yourself.


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Emily’s Answer

Once you get yourself stable, then you can better the world. It would be hard to better the world if you are struggling to keep your head above water. But honestly you can make the world a better place now by extending a helping hand, by showing kindness every where you go, and giving of your time to good causes and volunteering opportunities.

My job was all about bettering my life and my kids' lives. Now though, I get to volunteer in the school system and bring STEM activities to the kids. I also get to volunteer at food banks and rehab facilities. If I was still a waitress, I wouldn't be doing any of those things.

Blessed to be a blessing.

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Manish’s Answer

HI Karan,

To be true, i let things happen as they were in the initial phase of my study untill I completed Intermediate(higher school), after which i decided to go for engineering. However thoughts like Doing something for Self and World comes at a later stage of Life. So I would say keep doing things that you Love to do and Irrespective of whichever Field you are working, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE towards making this WORLD a Better Place.

So let go yoursefl, be free, do what you want to and once you have the feeling of abundance you would start loving Giving Back to the World.

TC
Manish




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Brian’s Answer

Better my life... When I left college, I was more interested in getting a job, collecting a paycheck, and being self-sufficient. My parents instilled a strong work ethic and my main goal was stability... As time went on, I figured out what I loved and what I didn't love. Quite simply, I tried to find jobs where I could do more of what I loved to do vs. "had" to do. After about 5 years, I discovered that I enjoyed leading transformational change in organizations. Loved the way it impacted results, but more importantly the profound impact on people. Been doing this ever since. It's okay to change what you think is important. Being "wrong" is natural and okay. As Elon Musk says, keep trying to be less wrong.

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Emily’s Answer

Once you get yourself stable, then you can better the world. It would be hard to better the world if you are struggling to keep your head above water. But honestly you can make the world a better place now by extending a helping hand, by showing kindness every where you go, and giving of your time to good causes and volunteering opportunities.

My job was all about bettering my life and my kids' lives. Now though, I get to volunteer in the school system and bring STEM activities to the kids. I also get to volunteer at food banks and rehab facilities. If I was still a waitress, I wouldn't be doing any of those things.

Blessed to be a blessing.

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Diane’s Answer

Better your life. Your life after you move out on your own is all about paying your bills, living in a decent and safe neighborhood, and having enough for food and a little fun. There is no getting around this. You can change the world via your job by connecting with others, being kind, and in turn building a reputation of trust in your career. Once you have that reputation you can start changing things for the better on a grander scale no matter your field.
Make money first, kindness wins, volunteer, and set yourself up for security and happiness in your future.

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Diane’s Answer

Better your life. Your life after you move out on your own is all about paying your bills, living in a decent and safe neighborhood, and having enough for food and a little fun. There is no getting around this. You can change the world via your job by connecting with others, being kind, and in turn building a reputation of trust in your career. Once you have that reputation you can start changing things for the better on a grander scale no matter your field.
Make money first, kindness wins, volunteer, and set yourself up for security and happiness in your future.

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Larry L.’s Answer

Hello Karan,

Early in my career my goal was to make a better life for myself as I was a new college graduate and wanted to make money, as I matured, got older and understood that we need to help the less fortunate of this world if we can my goals evolved.

My goals now are making a better life for my family and I but also how can I contribute in my small way to make this world a friendlier, safer place and as you stated change the world.


Larry

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Andrea M.’s Answer

Your question is very thoughtful but career paths don't need to be binary choices.

With each opportunity, always try to better your life by pushing yourself to learn and listen as much as you can. Having these diverse experiences and perspectives will help you make new connections and create further opportunities. You can change the world along the way by simply making the people around you smile and innovating a better way to get things done.

As you develop work/life balance - you can also dedicate more of your skills and time to philanthropic efforts.

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Jodi’s Answer

Hi Karen,
Some people are fortunate enough to know the answer to your question, but I was not one of them. I chose positions in my early career that I liked. I wanted to find a career interesting enough that when entering on the ground level, would allow the opportunity to work my way up the ladder. Find something you like to do. If you put yourself first, and really like what you do, you will make a difference in the world.

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