I have been wondering over the past few days, what is most important about a career?
I have been thinking about his since I first came across a recent article by Tom:
There was a post from strong_tomato, who said:
"Jobs are not as great as a career, the title should have been "What do you think is the most important in a career?"
This got me thinking:
What is the most important part of a career?
- Is it the beginning of your career?
- Is it the end of your career?
- Could it be the high point of your career?
- Could it be the low point of your career?
All these questions I aim to answer in this post.
Firstly the question; Is it the beginning of your career?
I would argue that this is probably the most important part of your career.
If you do not get off to a good start in your career, then that would stay on your CV (a CV is like a permanent record of all your jobs, and what happened in those jobs) until you retired. That could be a long time, you could even not ever retire, so that problem that you had in your first few jobs, has hindered you all your life, and so you have not been able to get the most out of your life on this world.
Secondly the question; Is it the end of your career?
This is also a very important part of your career, I wouldn't say it is the most important, but it is quite important:
If you have a bad beginning and middle of your career, then you have a chance, not to put those wrongs right, but to use the choices you made then, to improve on, and slowly level the playing field on your CV.
the end of your career is also very important as, if you get a good, well-paid job at the end of your career, then you are able to save the money earnt during that job to go towards your pension and the end of your end of life.
Another question I wrote above is; Could it be the high point of your career?
I do not think that this is quite as important as the previous questions, but you can use the memories from the high point of your career to carry that on as long as possible and work towards a better end of your life, and pension credit. at the high pint of your career, you can also use your memories, and store them away to enjoy when you retire and are able to do whatever you want in the world.
The final question I put up above was; Could it be the low point of your career?
I think this is also not as important as the previous ones, but it can be important for some people;
If you are at the low point of your career, you can use the mistakes you mase to alter how you work in future, e.g:
If you do not complete enough work in one job, and you are put on a warning, then you try to gradually - not as fast as you can - up the speed of your work.
The mistakes you make are important in life, as Alexander Pope said:
"To err is human,"
And as Vince Lombardi said:
"Only perfect practice makes perfect."
Overall, I think that the above 4 questions are the 4 most important parts of your career, but overall the most important part of your career would probably be - not everybody is the same - the beginning of your career, for all the reasons mentioned previously, and because that is one of the hardest points of life and a career, and if you are able to get through that; starting work, having your own house, living on your own steam etc, then you will generally do well in life.
Thank you for reading my post, and if you have any questions, please comment below.