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How content are you with your current career?

I am currently a senior at high school and was wondering where everybody's head is at with their current career? Are you content? What is your level of fulfillment? Are you satisfied doing what you do for the rest of your life? #careers #career-development #career-choice #career-options #career

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James Constantine’s Answer

Dear Jeremiah,

I find great satisfaction in my current profession. I firmly believe in the approach of managing diseases through proper nutrition, a concept known as orthomolecular nutrition. This was a valuable lesson I learned from Lady Doctor Phyllis Cilento back in 1981. I apply this knowledge in my work by developing educational software about nutrition, which aids in addressing health issues.

Stay blessed!
James Constantine Frangos.
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Simeon’s Answer

I'm content with my job. There is plenty to learn both skill and industry-wise, but I wouldn't say that I know I'm going to be in it forever, either. I like that its steady work I can rely on.
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Samantha’s Answer

Im a chef and I love what I do! I get to make people happy though my dishes and its so rewarding in so many ways. I cant wait to see where this journey takes me!
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Nancy’s Answer

Hi, I'm a product manager at a consumer tech company, and I'm happy, content, and fulfilled at my job --- most of the time. I'm 5 years into my career, and this is my 4th position. Each position and company taught me more about myself and my needs. They helped me understand how to have a healthy relationship with my career. There are times when I feel frustrated or dissatisfied at my job, but when I take a step back, I see that my job supports a lot of the things I love.

When I was in school, I was always chasing the most prestigious, highest paying career so that I could finally feel successful. It took me a few jobs to understand that my job satisfaction depends on what makes me feel fulfilled personally. Those factors include: doing good for the world, being supported by the people around me, ability to support my hobbies outside of my career.

Am I satisfied doing what I do for the rest of your life? Yes, I like my role and field. Product Management is really fulfilling for me; I get to guide the creation of new technology products and bring them to life. However, it is very hectic and busy. I can see myself looking for something less corporate and busy later in my career.

Congratulations on graduating soon, and good luck at the start of your career!
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Gabi’s Answer

Hi Jeremiah,

A lot of my career came from trial and error. You may find that the jobs you think you may like don't always live up to your standard, so exploring different fields can always help. I now work with content at a tech company, something I never thought I would do, but I love it. It is stable, with good work/life balance and it is a position that came from networking and applying my skills. Good luck!
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Yeny’s Answer

I am pretty happy with the career I have right now. I work for a non-profit organization focusing on designing solutions that can enable talent developers in the higher education system to better prepare young adults for the workforce, so that we can ultimately connect them to job opportunities. I am passionate about the mission I am working for and I love the skills I am able to use in my career. Having said that, I think it took me some time to get to where I am right now and it has definitely not been a straight forward career path.

Often times, people see careers as a linear path, but the reality is that many (most) careers are non-linear. Being able to pivot and be flexible throughout your journey is key. Always have a learning mindset, all the opportunities you will have in life will allow you to gain more skills and identify the things you love doing vs. the ones you really dislike. Being very self-aware of how you are changing throughout your journey is important so you are able to make the right moves/decisions at the right time.

As you go through your journey of identifying what you want to do next, remember that you can always pivot. Find the right people out there to mentor you, keep track of all the skills you are learning, the skills you want to learn, and the things you don't ever want to do.

I agree with the person who share the importance of entrepreneurial skills, I think that it is important to have those whether you are going to own your business or work for an organization that is aligned with your values and goals.

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Rebecca’s Answer

I am a product designer and I have been fortunate enough to have had an affordable BFA in Illustration AND have over 20 years in my field.

Corporate life has perks (Healthcare, days off, bonuses in good years) but downsides too (not always valued the way you would value yourself)

I would encourage anyone to learn entrepreneurial skills and learn to run a side gig (and learn to make it profitable, not just a money pit.)
You will always value yourself more than anyone else will.

I am reasonably happy in my career but realizing I may have done better if I had learned to be my own boss. It isn't too late (just a lot of work.)

Corporate jobs are like casinos in that "the house always wins". I am hoping that the US will eventually uncouple health benefits from employers as working for yourself, it is a drawback. Much more expensive to insure yourself than to buy through an employer.

Good luck in your chosen path!
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