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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 journalist and publisher at Vitamin Sea. She’s a curious, adventurous girl who enjoys visiting new places and being in touch with different cultures. She’s already called Florianópolis, Buenos Aires and now Brisbane home, having visited more than ten countries. She’s passionate about the ocean and sharing inspiring stories.

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