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Why do we feel guilty about changing our career paths?

In a warm and humid afternoon of March, I was standing up in front of the Vice-Chancellor, my friends and family. During that graduation ceremony, I had buried in my mind that in next years I would be working in a newsroom, telling the world the hot off the press events. Guess what? I am writing this post four years after my graduation day. I am doing something totally different from what I thought, and I am stoked with my career.

I am currently doing a Master of Philosophy and today, we had a session with a career development expert at Bond University. During her presentation, she shared an analogy that I couldn’t agree more. Here it goes:

Years ago, people were used to linearly building their career paths. And its line would represent security, safety. That is why, since I remember my parents told me to work in a public company, wit more stability. However, our generation is building our career paths more aligned with purpose. Check the image below to understand what I am talking about.

different carrer paths

In the last few years, I went from journalism to digital marketing and casually to a swim teacher. So, it is not a big deal if we change paths along the way. I have friends that graduated with me and become flight attendants, entrepreneurs, beauty product managers, just to name a few. The most important thing, in my opinion, is to do what makes you feel fulfilled.

I hope we can change our mindset about what the previous generations used to think about what is a successful career and feel more fulfilled with our choices and with what puts a smile in our face.

Phewww, I am glad to get this off my chest! Keep it real, girl!

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Gabriela Damaceno
Gabriela Damaceno

Gabriela is a journalist and the publisher at Vitamin Sea. She’s passionate about the ocean and sharing inspiring stories.

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1 Comment

  1. Marina
    March 5, 2020 / 20:52

    SO TRUE!!

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