I am now retired from my primary job. When I was working I used to tell those who asked "Do you like your job?" that I don't have to do my job, I GET to do my job. I used to arrive very early and leave quite late. It was interesting, challenging, socially relevant, environmentally important, and touched the lives of millions of people. And, It was fun! I got to work with many enthusiastic experts, got to put together some great organizations and now get to see the fruits of these efforts and the platform it created for the next major step in the industry I worked in.....While I held many positions in the industry, my favorite was General Manager for high speed train service development.
Try to get a job in an area at least close to what you are interested in, have passion for and find enjoyment in learning about. I started my career in the aviation industry, and while I have had minor involvement with that area, later found myself moving into the rail industry - the interest in transportation has always been the major interest in making my career decisions.....and I sill love it!
Loving and having passion for a career will not make it easy. It takes many personal sacrifices but it also may give you opportunities that you perhaps had not envisioned. Prepare for those and be ready to take advantage of them when they present themselves.
And it takes TIME! I was always frustrated because I couldn't get ahead fast enough for me. A very wise person told me, " your time will come when you are ready for it." It's still good advice.
The work you chose may not always be exactly what you want, where you want and you may have to be flexible but perseverance and enthusiasm, keeping in the general direction of your passion will take you a long way. If you're going to move ahead in your career, it will take a lifetime of learning.....the money follows.
You're going to spend a large portion of your life in the workplace. If you spend it doing a job where you're simply trading time for money....it's going to be a lot of really long days. I hope this helps.....Regards, Don Knapik