Our careers are what we spend most of our waking day doing - but how much time do we spend exploring the career we choose?
Our careers are what we all spend most of our waking day doing. And when we’re not doing it, we’re thinking about it—is this what I even want to be doing? Am I fulfilled? What should I do next?
So why does understanding our career path feel so daunting? Well for one, despite the central role our careers play in our lives, we are never taught how to properly explore, experiment, and evaluate our options - particularly for our first job. Right after graduating high school or college, we are expected to just magically know how to pick a career and are expected to get it right with next to no information on the career landscape.
At times, it can feel like we make more educated decisions buying shoes at a FootLocker than we do choosing our first job. We get to browse the selection, try on shoes, walk in them, and even have someone named Jerry in a Zebra-striped shirt telling us about which shoes have the best heel support and fit our weirdly pronated feet.
How can you be proactive about what choosing your career if you don't know your options?
Unlike shoes, we don’t try on careers. For good reason. It is extremely difficult to understand what roles exist for us, what industry we want to work in, what size company we want to work for, or what the day-to-day work tends to look like.
No, instead most of us end up picking jobs based on what we know, which isn’t much. Maybe you do what our parents did or you take the first job you are offered or you follow what other people tell you can do or you simply find whatever pays the bills. And that initial career choice determines how we spend most of our days for the next couple of years. And maybe even our entire lives, as our world is getting more and more specialized. 8 hours a day—probably more—, 5 days a week, learning and doing something that might be a total mismatch. All because we took a job offer without fully understanding the career landscape.
Most people are unhappy with their career choices.
Given the fact that we basically closed our eyes and let one fly at the career dart board, it is no surprise that 56 million people in America are currently exploring new career options in different fields. 56 million. And people change careers quite a bit. About 6 times on average. That means 50% of the country has changed their careers more than 6 times. Imagine if you changed cream cheese brands that much. What if you change spouses that often?!
Career exploration should be fun. Our careers are an expression of our current self.
It might not always remain the same - but it should fit who you are now. Just like you might have once rocked a pair of Jordans only to discover you surprisingly love a good pair of Vans. It's a time to discover what you need out of your next career move, what you want to learn, the type of growth you are after, the people you want to work for, the purpose behind the work you do. There is no right decision or wrong decision, it's merely a question of priorities. A couple years ago, my friend Bob Engel, prioritized being an industry he was passionate about: “I followed my passion into food tech, but if you look behind the curtain in any industry it may not be as glamorous as you thought. Liking your manager, feeling supported, loving the culture, those are the things I now gravitate towards.”
Life circumstances should not dictate our career outcomes.
Career exposure means redefining your limit of possibilities. It can mean productivity, fulfillment, mental health, flexibility, and future adaptability in your work life.
That's why we built Possible, to help people learn what they really want to do next.
Our goal is to flip the current exploration experience from:
Isolated 👉🏽 Community-Driven
Overwhelming 👉🏽 Enjoyable
Confused 👉🏽 Informed
Because we believe that spending 6 weeks to find your next career is way better than investing years in the wrong one.