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How has your career changed over time and how to avoid work only to keep a job?

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Ashley’s Answer

I think it is important to remember that you are never stuck in one career, or in one industry. When thinking of changing jobs or careers, make sure you are thinking reasonably (for example, will this new job be able to pay my rent?) but also be bold, and go after things you want. Life is too short to be unhappy.

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and changed my career before I ever started. Right after graduating, I started working in communications and marketing for a small government organization. It was an easy choice to change jobs after a few years there because there was no promotion available or position to grow into. When thinking of changing jobs, I always ask myself "Will the next opportunity help me grow either personally or professionally?" If the answer is yes, I think a job change is a good idea. If it's a no, I would make a pro's and con's list to help me decide.

After working for 6-7 years in marketing and communications jobs, I decided that I did not feel fulfilled creatively and I changed my career again. I just graduated with a master's degree in interior architecture and am starting that new career in a few weeks. I was able to get full student loans to cover my tuition so that I could focus on my school work, and while I have definitely added to my overall debt, the new career will give me both personal and professional growth.
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Soh-Ling’s Answer

To be honest, when I first started working, my current job likely didn't even exist due to the rapidly evolving nature of industries and technology. Reflecting on the various career changes I've made, I would say that the primary driving factors behind these transitions have been my genuine passion and insatiable curiosity to learn new things. This readiness to embrace new challenges allowed me to venture into previously unexplored professional territory, broadening my range of experiences and expertise.

Although it's important to have a clear goal in life, we must also recognize that the world around us is in a constant state of flux. Therefore, as our interests and aspirations evolve, we need to be adaptable and maintain a nimble approach to our career trajectories. One of the most effective ways to do this is by continuously seeking new knowledge and experiences, which can ultimately help us thrive in a dynamic and competitive job market.

Moreover, being willing to step outside of our comfort zones is crucial in order to take advantage of opportunities to grow professionally and personally. This might involve taking on new responsibilities, pursuing further education or training, or even switching fields entirely. By doing so, we not only expand our skillsets but also demonstrate a resilience and adaptability that employers often value highly.

In summary, navigating a successful career path involves more than just following a predetermined roadmap; it requires a combination of passion, curiosity, and adaptability. Embracing change while maintaining a focus on personal growth and learning is essential for thriving in today's ever-evolving professional landscape.
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