I just wanted to share my perspective, if you will have it.
I started as a technologist, then become a network engineer, then digital forensics engineer, and finally landed as an Instructional Designer. Even as a designer, I have jumped from eLearning Developer to Senior ISD and have moved to be more a more strategic thinker.
My point, I am still learning to love my career. I kind of fell into it after experiencing terrible training. It was not my first choice, but I am glad I chose it.
I did not know what I wanted to do, I wanted to be a game developer or designer. And that was totally okay, as I look back. I realized video games and stories was just a passion and fun for me, but it wasn't what I wanted to do to make money.
I did a lot of research on careers I was interested in and landed on Technology support when I was younger, as it was my strongest skill. So I went to college for Computer engineering, I did not enjoy the math or professors and I learned very quickly that this wasn't for me and pivoted to Network engineering. Then I looked up the career path and realized that the brand of network engineering I chose was not how I wanted to live. So, I moved to Computer Forensics, while it was fun there was a side I did not enjoy, like being a litigation expert or joining government. After working through the worst training, I ever experienced, I realized I have always taught technology, I always guided people on how to do something or gain support. So, I landed on my current career as an Instructional Designer for Adults / Adult Education.
Elvis recommends the following next steps:
Initially, I began my journey in audit services but gradually transitioned into a consulting role within fields that piqued my interest. This shift required time and exploration, as I sought experiences that both challenged and invigorated me, while avoiding those that felt burdensome. Remember, a career is an ongoing journey, and there are always opportunities to shift roles towards something more enjoyable. All you need to do is identify a field that captures your interest and aligns with your skills and seize the opportunities that energize you as they emerge.
Yang (Stella)’s Answer
If you love what you do for work, then you won't work a day in your life.
Why I fell in love with it?
1) It was easy for me
2) I was good at it
3) Being introverted at the time, I think I liked it because I was able to create something and control something.