If you are one of the increasing number of people who think about pursuing a career with real impact and benefit to society, beyond money and power – then you will also know that it’s not that easy. You might find you have very good reasons not to pursue a path of values in your work – time, age, money, and background. Or are they just excuses? Based on hundreds of career profiles and interviews, we worked out the main reasons why people avoid the transition toward a more meaningful career.
Dismantling the 5 main excuses as barriers to pursuing a career with purpose
1. ‘I don’t have the right professional background’
What skills are really required to create social change? You don’t have to be a doctor, lawyer or finance expert to make things happen. Each individual has a unique set of experiences, values, skills and talents, which when used in the right way, can create change and impact.
2. ‘I’m too young or too old’
Can a graduate contribute as much as a business leader? Whether you have just finished studying, are yet to develop your networks or skills or are facing peer-pressure to take the corporate route, don’t be put off by the need to be ‘realistic’ with your dreams.
By the same token, if you’re nearing the end of your career and are just looking for a rest – you’d be surprised by what you can offer on a flexible basis.
3. ‘I am not financially secure’
Do you need money to create impact? You’re maybe used to having nothing and thinking that means you have nothing to offer, or you are used to a high standard of living and not sure if you can or want to change that. Would it be worth it, for that sense of purpose?
4. ‘I am already successful in what I’m doing’
Can I give up the career I’ve worked so hard at? You’ve probably already invested a lot in your professional and personal development, skills and network and feel that would be wasted. You might be surprised by how you can extend those networks and skills and still work in a similar capacity or space.
5. ‘What will others think of me?’
Well, what will they think? You probably feel like you don’t care much about others’ opinions but still, your peers may make a lot of money and live a great lifestyle. You don’t want to look like a failure. Or maybe you have responsibilities to provide for your family. Explore your options.
What we can learn from real-life experience of ‘The Future Makers’
In ‘The Future Makers’ book and on ‘The Future Makers’ online portal, you will find the stories of successful individuals who have overcome specifically one of these challenges in their own unique way. In the upcoming blog series of five posts, we will discuss each of the challenges in more detail and share a real-life story. So if you are ready to find that work that will give you purpose and autonomy, and that will help you live and work while being true to yourself, look out for our first post in the series ‘I don’t have the right professional background’ on Tuesday next week.