I see three mistakes in choosing a career:
Following along in what another person tells you or doing only what’s popular.
That’s how I was led into jobs in the gray flannel insurance field: my first boss sent me for training because she thought I’d be good at it.
Not doing your research to discover alternatives that might suit you better.
Decades ago I looked into getting a Masters in English. I nixed this because I’d only be able to get a job as an overworked and underpaid adjunct professor at a college or university.
It wasn’t my goal to get a Ph.D. which is the golden key to getting a tenure-track full professor position.
Thinking that the kind of degree you get limits you or boxes you into a certain field or industry.
Who says every English major has to become an editorial assistant?
In next week’s blog entries I will talk about better ways to find your dream job.
Then I will talk about how there’s a beauty in the crooked path. Our careers as well as our lives and our recovery aren’t always linear.