By Delania Barbee • February 05, 2017•Writers in Residence, Careers, Law School, Choosing a Career and Landing a Job
You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination.
Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your career, it can feel daunting. How do you know when to take Path #2 or Path #3 rather than continue down Path #1? There are three questions to consider:
- Do you feel strongly about reaching your original destination? If you feel strongly about reaching an intended destination, Path #1 is the safest. Many others have taken that route to have a similar outcome. However, safe does not always mean better. In fact, the road traveled by most also may be the road most congested. This is where Path #2 is a good option! Not only is Path #2 likely to bring you to the same place as Path #1, it may be a shortcut that will get you there at a quicker pace. Assumingly, most take Path #1, because it is a smoother path and more direct, but, if you can figure out Path #2, it may be the best option. This leads to the next question…
- Are you prepared? Preparation is key. You have more options when you are prepared to pivot. If you have mapped different routes, it will be less difficult to make a change. On Path #2, you will obtain experiences that others have not. On Path #2, you may make new discoveries. Why not take the road less traveled, if you can?
- Will a new destination lead to more fulfillment? As mentioned in my last post, experiences may lead you to consider new opportunities. You do not have to go to a particular destination solely because you started your journey in that direction. If you have developed a new interest, consider trying Path #3. It does not mean you can never go back. Further, you never know where other roads connect on Path #3.
In my next post, I will go into detail about how to prepare for a change.