Fill’em Up

A wise man said that you should find a work as…

  • Something you enjoy doing
  • That you can make a living from
  • That you are passionate about
  • That you are fulfilled.

One of the professionals shared that with the students at a  career professional speed dating event hosted by HCOP (Health Career Opportunity Program), a program that introduces health careers to high school and college students. It gives a chance for students to explore health careers beyond nursing, and medicine. (I am product of the program) I was supposedly not only share about my career, but also trying to influence them to consider medical technology. I didn’t do that. I was more interested what they want to become but more importantly why they want to become.

Their answers have so full of passion that they had a light their eyes and a fire in their bellies. Their determination to get where they are going gave me a sense that the future of health care is in good hands. The beautiful thing about this was this event was only for college students between the ages of 18 to 28. It is never too late to start trying to find what you want to do in life.

I heard the wise man quote from one of the professionals there, and what is said is pretty true. The first two is a given, its something that you must be enjoy doing and you can make a living from. If its something that you don’t enjoy doing and you end up making you money, then you’ll going to have a bad time. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect utopia, so everything comes at a cost.You need to make something to barter for things you can’t make, a general rule of supply and demand.

The last two things are some things that people who are searching, or in a career that they are missing. I’ll explain passion and finding it in a different post, but for now I used passion is having strong emotional feeling about it, that you want to talk about it and share about it. You can be happy about something, but to have also passion, would mean that you want to share it, and basically do more about it. Take for example, a passion for cooking, could mean sharing recipes or developing recipes, while being happy cooking would mean enjoying doing it.

What got me the most of the wise man quote was the fact that the career has to have some type of fulfillment. Through my course of living, I haven’t heard an adult said that to me (that also could mean that I haven’t met a wise man). Fulfillment or a sense of sanctification is hard to come by, because a person has to determine what’s that particular point. Its like defining a limit, but we are told that there is no limit to our potential. I can’t help to think that a lot of us interpreted wrong, wanting more because we can go further, and not wanting to be satisfied. That’s one aspect of an lazy employee, to only produce only whats needed and not to do more than necessary. We waste time and effort if we spent time worrying or over preparing for something. Over abundance or over production is a waste.

Satisfaction in life is hard to define because the potential that there is to life is great. A CEO could be working at the top and live life not satisfied and unhappy. A Casanova could date many people, and because his or her satisfactions can’t find that significant other or happiness. This unhappiness that you may have it because your not satisfied in life. It may be because your level of satisfaction is way to high or you don’t know what it is there to satisfy you. It’s like eating at a buffet. You eat to get full and you hunger is sated but then you see that one dessert. Your too full, but because you can’t eat a single bite you are sad, and at the same time, you eat that, your body could be hurting or you had a chance to satisfy your self earlier and not later.

In any case, satisfaction can be difficult to determine what it is and when it is met unless we explore it. Meaning that we should try everything, but in small amounts, early, to see what we like. That way we can concentrate on it and be happy later on.

Do you know what satisfies you in life? If you don’t, what are you trying to do about it?

Post Script: In it’s on ironic sense of things, I feel this topic of satisfaction/fulfillment hasn’t be wrenched out more. I’ll write more at a later time.

Lingering Thoughts

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”

– Confucius

This past couple weeks something was in the back of mind: Do I progress forward in my career or level up in my education. I do have my master degree (apparently a thing now a days) but there are job opportunities that would require a Phd. At the same time there are other job opportunities that value career experience.

When we first get out of high school, we could either further our education, get a job, or do nothing (absolutely nothing, no progress). We been taught that a degree is important because it leads you to more money, but for those who don’t know how to play the career game (which I’ll explain in another post) you might be losing entry level positions to those who have more experience than you. It’s frustrating! That’s why some may go for their master degree or even their doctorate. There is a flip side to that, and that is the fact that some positions require a level of degree  to even apply. Experience and education is intertwine with each other that creates such a difficult for most millennial to get a working career going.

Even those who have settled in the career may consider advancing it, but that still proves to be difficult to progress. We have to stick it out and be patient for that higher position (which is hard for most millennial, me included), but adding education to work life, social life doesn’t jive. Some degree programs also interfere with the work life that makes it even harder to even attend. So there lies my dilemma, do I stop working just to pursue my higher degree or do I I continue my career field.

After talking to my friend about my dilemma, I came to the conclusion that education allows the door to opportunities to be open, but experience solidifies obtaining those opportunities. Additionally, my friend mentioned that at some point in progression of life, education and experience ends up not mattering at all. He posed me this question: A person with a bachelor’s degree, a person with 5 years of work experience, and a person with 2 years of experience & an associate degree who was recommended by an awesome boss; among the choices who would you choose if they all posses the same skill knowledge?

In all honesty, I would pick the recommended person, just because if the boss is awesome then it means that the person that they picked is equally awesome to work with. I’ll explain fitment in another post, but I am curious, which one would you choose? A person with experience, or with education, or nice fit in your job site regardless of experience or education?