Career: What Are You Striving For?

Posted on Jul 31 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark
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It’s Time We Considered Our Health and It’s Okay to Not Want a Career

A lot of people spend a lot of time and money on getting the right qualifications and job experiences. This is because we were always conditioned to strive for a career. Believing that it is the most important thing to aspire for. We struggle with a lack of sleep, put up with colleagues or bosses we may not get along with so we can keep climbing the corporate ladder. The further we get in our careers, the more satisfied we feel. And when we do not get promoted on time, we become more competitive, losing patience waiting to achieve that next level of success.

Without that, all our hard work might seem insignificant. We end up questioning if our efforts will ever be truly acknowledged. Other people do not worry about promotions or becoming the CEO of a company. They are content with receiving a paycheck on time, which is enough to pay all their bills. These people prefer having more free time to spend with their family and friends. Instead of working more than they have to. Why do careers matter so much to some people, and not for others?

Everyone Has Different Motivations in Life

Some people enjoy feeling validated when they get promoted and gain a more superior job title. They prefer to be called a “Manager” even if they may not be happy about all the additional responsibilities. That higher status significantly boosts their self-esteem. They put in a lot of hard work and long hours, even if it means sacrificing their own health and well-being. These people have a lot of long-term goals and are very hyper-focused to achieve them. They might also enjoy being busy as much as possible and cannot stay idle for long.

Other people are happier spending more time at home with their loved ones. They might be afraid of missing important family moments and prefer not having a high-flying career. When they finish their shift for the day, it is difficult to motivate them to work overtime. It’s not because they don’t care about their jobs or the company they work for, they put a higher value on life outside work. The only time they would consider working overtime or weekends, is if they weren’t earning enough to pay their bills and support their families.

Working more for career prospects

Getting home at a decent hour, and not having to think about work until the next day, is very appealing to a lot of people. Not everybody aspires to be in a leadership role or have the responsibility of running a team. There are other ways they provide value to a workplace rather than aiming for advancement. If they are in a job for a long time, it is because they are very passionate about that role. Employers feel that these are some of the most reliable employees because they are happy in their role, instead of switching jobs. However, it is becoming harder for people to remain content for too long.

The business environment is very competitive, and companies keep pushing their employees to achieve maximum success. These days if an employee is visibly not putting in more effort than what is required of them, they might get fired. The job market is very saturated with a lot of skilled people who are ready to take anyone else’s position. Even if somebody does not want a career and are satisfied with a paycheck, they might be at risk of losing their job. This form of added pressure is making a lot of people lose their motivation.

Many are leaving jobs that they used to be satisfied with and starting their own businesses or working from home. In their own company, they can dictate the hours and pace they want to work. If they only want to work three days a week, that would be their choice entirely. Many millennials are going towards this route instead of working for an employer. A lot of them enjoy the freedom and independence of working on their own terms and do not find the appeal in having a traditional career.

It’s Not Worth Neglecting Health for a Career

In the modern corporate environment, a lot of people are overworked. Many are both mentally and physically exhausted, but they keep up their performance because they want to climb the ladder. But of course, if there is a lot of competitiveness in an office that puts on a lot of pressure, the more physically drained an employee is, the more likely they will get sick or feel burned out.

Taking your vacation

Dealing with stress is necessary, and one of the best ways to do so is by having a lot of vacations. However, many people refuse to take time off. A lot of this is because of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). They feel that something at work will always be important and they might miss out and struggle to catch up when they are back from holiday. Additionally, technology has made it harder for people to switch off as they are constantly checking emails.

Those who only work for a paycheck can afford to take time off. They do not feel guilty about leaving the workplace for a few days as they’re already used to switching off at the end of the day. A person who has never taken a vacation and always worked overtime might lose their sense of purpose. Another who does not aspire to have a career will be able to move onto the next job more easily. They have a more carefree lifestyle than those who work too much. This is healthier and leads to more happiness in life as they get to spend time having fun. Rather than being stuck in an office.

A Career Is Not the Most Important Ambition

People who do not seek a career will not do more than what is required ensuring they have a healthy work-life balance. They will also never settle for less than what they are worth.

Whereas other people who are overachievers will often do more work than is required. They appear to be unhappy and stressed out and do not have many people outside work to spend time with. Some employers also take advantage of this fact to push people harder. The effect is that individuals often feel a sense of threat if they don’t do more. Not everybody has to work in an office in a high-rise building to feel valued. They can always be part of a team instead of leading one. Or they can start their own venture. Many blue-collar jobs require people and pay very well. In the modern world, there are a lot of options and having a career is no longer as important as it used to be.

Conclusion

Many of us have go above and beyond for our employers. But often, the motivation for doing so gets lost. The implication is a compromise on our work-life balance and our health. It’s important to take a step back and re-establish what our motivator is when it comes to work. Is it about career progression, larger salaries, more perks, recognition and the sense of job satisfaction? Or is it flexibility or working part-time, earning enough to cover your outgoings and maybe a few little luxuries? Once determined, its important we adjust our approach to meet our objectives in a health and sustainable way.

Why not take our career test to find out if you’re in the right career? Or if you feel like things are a little stagnated, we’ve some ideas for that too! Check out our other career articles below.

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