It isn’t uncommon these days for someone to change their careers, and there are many good reasons to take the jump. A career change may improve your work-life balance, increase your income, or be more fulfilling than the work you used to do.
Have you ever changed careers? What were your reasons for taking this step? What challenges did you face? If you have never changed careers, do you think you will someday?
Men in the workplace make more money than women. It’s an unfortunate fact that’s probably not earth-shattering to read. According to the most recently available government data, women earned 82 cents for every dollar men made in 2016.
But there are career fields in which women are the top earners. If you’re a woman looking to land on the winning side of the pay gap, these are the careers you should choose.
According to a 2017 Glassdoor study, women with architecture degrees earn $7,000 more per year on average than men. From Denise Scott Brown to Zaha Hadid, women have made their mark in what is still a male-dominated field, erecting soaring towers, museums, college campuses, Olympic pools, and embassy buildings to much acclaim. All told, the gender pay gap in architecture is a rare 14 percent — in favor of women!
Unfortunately, these giant gains for women in the field don’t mean that female architects are immune to discrimination.
“It’s still largely a white, male-dominated field, and seeing a woman at the job site or in a big meeting with developers is not that common,” Yen Ha, a principal at an architecture firm in New York, recently told The New York Times. “Every single day, I have to remind someone that I am, in fact, an architect. And sometimes not just an architect, but the architect.”
Taylor Swift is the top-earning female artist, with an estimate by Forbes putting her 2016 income at $170 million. But it’s not just celebrity female musicians who are raking in the dough. Across the industry, women are out-earning men. The median base pay for a woman who is five years into a music career is $44,020 — that’s more than $4,000 higher than the median base pay for a man, according to Glassdoor.
A recent report by Berkeley College of Music stated that an orchestral musician can make up to $143,000 — or as little as…
Life has a habit of not always working out how we imagined it would. In an ever-evolving technological and economic world, the types of careers we can pursue are far and wide. If we haven’t been one of the lucky ones and figured out our exact career path, or maybe pursued one vocation but realised it’s not really for us, we can be left feeling lost to how we want our careers to look or even what we really want to be doing.
The Problems We Face When It Comes to Choosing the Right Career
Our economics are constantly changing which means the types of jobs and careers are being shaped accordingly. This can lead us feeling like the job we had no longer fulfills us or is heading in a direction we’re not comfortable with.
But we are also changing too. The change and growth within ourselves isn’t always something we contemplate when thinking about careers when we’re younger. We can also be pressured by loved ones to choose the sensible and lucrative career even if it doesn’t make us happy. We may be driven by money but gradually realise money isn’t what makes us happy but rather the passion behind the job you do.
Because of this we can get to a point in life where we want a change but aren’t able to figure out what we really want to do and what will really make us truly happy.
Why Choosing the Right Career is Important
Strip it all back and what we really want from a career is the feeling of fulfillment, contentment, accomplishment, passion, and a sense of contribution. Considering we spend a big chunk of our waking lives at work, to be happy in life we need to consider the happiness that our careers give us.
When we’re focused too much on the money and not enough on how we feel getting up every morning and going to work, our jobs and careers can start to make us question what this is really all for. Choosing the right career path will bring both abundance and happiness but we must get out of the limited mindset that we must stick to what we’ve already chosen. Or that it’s too late in life to change careers, we’re not qualified, there aren’t enough jobs, not enough lucrative opportunities – the list goes on.
So, you’re considering a new career or you’re just starting out on your career journey – where do you start? Don’t despair if you feel utterly lost, there are positive steps you can take in order to get some ideas flowing and the ball rolling.
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