You are more likely to continue with a profession over the long run if you are enthusiastic about your work. When you like your job, it does not seem like drudgery, and you are more likely to feel pleased and content with your career decision.
If your job provides you with a feeling of purpose or meaning, you are more inclined to pursue a career. Even during difficult circumstances, having a strong sense of purpose may help you remain motivated and devoted to your job.
If you perceive prospects for progress and improvement in your chosen job, you are more likely to remain in it. Having a clearly defined route for development and progress might make you feel more confident and motivated at work.
If you are always learning and extending your abilities in your chosen profession, you are more likely to remain in it. Long-term engagement and enthusiasm in your job may be maintained through acquiring new skills and tackling new problems.
If you feel respected and recognized for your contributions to your chosen profession, you are more likely to remain in it. Feeling appreciated might make you feel more engaged with your job and driven to continue making an impact.
Eventually, maintaining a profession needs a mix of passion, purpose, development, learning, and a sense of worth. If these components are present in your profession, you are more likely to achieve long-term success and satisfaction.
Do not stress too much over your first career choice, I am on IT world and I am still here, but as you may know even in IT world you have many areas where you can be specialized, I also know a lot of people (friend of mine) than even when then studied an IT career they decided to focus on something totally different (like Product Engineers in Manufacturing company, Material Managers in manufacturing companies, Buyers, some others like DBAs specifically, some other like Quality manager in a Manufacturing company), and me, I started as a developer and now I am acting as a Business Analyst in the Tax World. You will never stop learning even when you already have a job.
"Honestly no one knows. You will end up choosing something and following through/changing it but you will never be sure if this is the one. You just have to accept it and try your best with whatever you chose."
As for how I know I'm in my "dream job" now:
- I am exhausted at the end of my day but in a very fulfilled way.
- Things I naturally talk about and read about are helping me in my day to day work.
- I work with a team of people who support my ambitions and push me to do my best work - even when it means providing critical feedback.
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