Save Yourself From These Career Regrets
Updated: Jun 2
In a survey, it was found that just 2 percent of people reported having no career regrets. A career can be a winding road, and no two journeys look the same. However, one common thread that united nearly all of our respondents – to the tune of 98 percent – was regret. From not taking more initiative to not having enough guidance, job-related regret was something that afflicted nearly every person surveyed.
We have listed down some of the common career regrets that you can avoid while making your career decisions.
" I wish I didn't pursue career for money "
When individuals select their careers, they're typically blinded by money and they prefer to let money guide their careers. Today the desire for money is directly connected to the desire for happiness, people believe that money = happiness. However, this can be inherently a problematic mindset because it leads many of us, to follow a path that doesn’t best suit us.
" I wish I was like the ones who love their career "
We spend more than 60% of our days at work. Our career defines us as people, when we aren't happy at work, other areas of our life suffer. Yet more than 70 percent of workers claim they don't feel satisfied with their career choices.
The problem is we end up making career choices to impress other people so we feel validated, accepted and safe. In the process, we lose sight of what makes us truly happy. With each career move, we get unhappier. The more we try to impress, the more frustrated we feel.
" I wish I had taken education as a serious decision "
There are certain jobs that anyone can do with a little training. But if you want to work in a specialist field that requires education as primary credibility, you’re going to have to study hard for the doors to be opened to you.
Certain careers require in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge for you to make a success of the tasks handed to you and academic scores mark eligibility to such opportunities and also help you get ahead in a competitive environment.
" I wish I knew where this career is leading to "
Many people don't put enough effort into researching careers and its suitability in the long term before choosing occupations. They mostly pick them for the wrong reasons. And when they realize into the career journeys that their career was not the best choice for them. They end up unhappy, unsatisfied, looking for a change.
The best way to make sure that doesn't happen to you is to make a well-thought-out decision with the help of experts who have a holistic view of career decisions.
" I wish I knew earlier that my dream was possible as a career "
No matter what your dream, don’t dismiss it. If there is something in your gut telling you that this is what you want to do, you owe it to yourself to, at the very least, acknowledge it.
Sit down, write out your goal, and start outlining a rough road map of how you might get there.
Time plays an important role in careers but there sure is a way to find career satisfaction
"I wish I took advice from the right people"
You can't avoid opinions that are based on biases, incomplete & outdated information, but you can check, compare, and understand the opinion and the reason behind it to decide which opinions hold value.
One right advice can give you the wisdom of years of research, knowledge & experience.
It is the defining factor in all of the success journeys.
" I wish I knew what this career will make me "
A solid career plan is important in that it can provide a roadmap for your future. This helps you make informed choices about your education choices, preparation strategies & the job situation as well as future career moves.
All the decisions impact each other and are closely linked. A broader career plan is also important when it comes to helping you stay inspired.
" I wish I could go back and change my career "
Who gets to determine when it’s too late to change course?
If you're stuck in your career, plan wisely to change it, there will be challenges – or paradoxes – that you're going to come up against.
It's you that wants to make a change, but it's also you that's your biggest obstacle.
There’s still time to shift gears and go in a totally different direction.
" I wish I had the confidence to stand up for the career of my choice "
You don't find the path to your dream instantaneously. Have courage to decide your goals, have patience in the due course.
You will have to try each & every possible way until you figure out the best way to reach your goals and still not be at a big risk.
Being right is more important than choosing the easy way or the hard way.