Causes of Career Indecision – Focusing on Income or What others Think

One of the primary causes of career indecision is focusing on what will procure you the most amount of money rather than what will make you happy. Aside from sleep, most people spend the vast majority of their time in the workplace. So if you’re doing something you resent or don’t enjoy, this can really hamper your general mood and wellbeing. Why spend so much of your time and energy on something you dislike just to earn a few extra bucks to spend in your spare time, when you could choose a job that you simply enjoy all (or realistically most) of the time.

When your career choice is unhindered by the concern of making the big bucks, many people would often be able to much more easily decide on their ideal career path. Of course having a stable and secure income will always be important; however, if you are truly passionate about your job, you will be more likely to work harder and make your way up to eventually earn a solid income anyway.

I believe that in this respect we can learn a lot from our younger counterparts: the adorable and ambitious grade oner’s who told anyone who would listen how when they grew up they were going to be a nurse, writer, vet or singer. Yet as they do grow up and are told their dreams are unrealistic, insecure, or not well-paying enough, these aspirations are quelled and ‘hard’ subjects of maths or science are taken on.

LinkedIn recently identified that approximately 30.3% of current workers have acquired their childhood dream job. Careers coach Kate James believes that taking pleasure in work is one of the most important aspects combating career indecision, and this is easiest to identify when you are a child and you aren’t concerned about impressing others, saying the right thing or paying off mortgages: you simply aspire to become something you will enjoy.

Genuine Career Indecision and How to Solve it

Of course there are also those people who honestly don’t know what career would suit them or what job they would most enjoy. The best ways to conquer such problems are to first make a list of your particular skills and attributes. You should then research what careers requires such skills and determine what would interest you most out of such a list. A vital step is to try out various jobs and sectors – simply dip your foot in by taking on internships, temp jobs or vacation work before jumping in to a multi-year contract. You should also jump on any breaks that come by and make the most of every opportunity.


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