Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Day Job vs My Passion

It seems there is always a pendulum swinging between making $$ and pursuing your passion when deciding on your future career path. For students who are pursuing post-secondary education, many say that one of the hopeful outcomes of their education is to work toward a higher pay scale.

But what happened to following your dreams? To doing what you love and the pay cheque will follow? Sometimes it's a little hard to materialize these notions when the pressure of achieving a decent-paying job is on everyone's minds. To this I say, why not have the best of both worlds?

It is not uncommon for people to work full-time at an unrelated job and pursue their passion on the side. The benefit to this is that your salary may be at a higher level so you can afford the kind of lifestyle you want. However, as humans we naturally have many passions and it is quite possible to not only have a job you love, but have equally as important hobbies or activities on the side.

This is why it is beneficial to engage in self assessments early in your academic life to match your personal skills and interests to a future career you might enjoy. You might not need to make the sacrifice of giving up your true passion in life for a full time career - meshing the two can be done!

If you need help at any point in your career planning process, stop by the Career Resource Centre or check out website

Good luck and remember to follow your passion!
- Lia


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