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Old 04-13-2018, 04:33 PM
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How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)


My good friend Tim Urban, founder and author of the Wait by Why? website, has generated another recent post about a framework for career paths. With so many threads started by users questioning their decisions about careers and seeking advice on what type of career they should go into, sharing this seemed fitting. Tim has not attempted to create a career advice column but advice on how people can help themselves with those types of decisions.

I thought it was a good read. Enjoy!

https://waitbutwhy.com/2018/04/picking-career.html

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For most of us, childhood is kind of like a river, and we’re kind of like tadpoles.

We didn’t choose the river. We just woke up out of nowhere and found ourselves on some path set for us by our parents, by society, and by circumstances. We’re told the rules of the river and the way we should swim and what our goals should be. Our job isn’t to think about our path—it’s to succeed on the path we’ve been placed on, based on the way success has been defined for us.

For many of us—and I suspect for a large portion of Wait But Why readers—our childhood river then feeds into a pond, called college.1 We may have some say in which particular pond we landed in, but in the end, most college ponds aren’t really that different from one another.

In the pond, we have a bit more breathing room—some leeway to branch out into more specific interests. We start to ponder, looking out at the pond’s shores—out there where the real world starts and where we’ll be spending the rest of our lives. This usually brings some mixed feelings.

And then, 22 years after waking up in a rushing river, we’re kicked out of the pond and told by the world to go make something of our lives.

There are a few problems here. One is that at that moment, you’re kind of skill-less and knowledge-less and a lot of other things-less:

But before you can even address your general uselessness, there’s an even bigger issue—your pre-set path ended.
 

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