Some people are only concerned with personal happiness when it comes
to choosing a career, while others are obsessed with making as much
money as possible. For most of us, though, it's a complicated
trade-off. Here are some things to take into consideration when
deciding which career
path to take.
The case for money
While there's a lot of attention paid to those people who've chosen
to do something well paid rather than personally fulfilling, it's also
the case that there are those who choose to pursue ‘meaningful' work
only to become bitter about the lack of financial rewards offered for
If a reasonable standard of living and/or buying a house and raising
a family are important goals for you, the reality is that you need to
pursue a career that will pay you enough to do so. It can also be the
case that you're willing to take a well paid but otherwise
unattractive job while you're young, so you have the freedom to do
better things later in life.
The case for love
All the available evidence suggests that once you earn enough money
to meet your basic needs, increasing salaries don't mean increasing
happiness. A lot of high-paying positions mean long hours and lots of
stress. And given work plays such an important part in our lives, it's
difficult to feel fulfilled and happy if you're spending 40 or more
hours a week doing something you don't like.
Is it possible to have both?
They say the secret to a good life is working out what you love to do
and then finding someone who will pay you for it. Get the right
qualifications, network constantly and devote time and effort to
developing your career and, one day, you'll hopefully find yourself in
a job that's both personally and financially rewarding.
If your dream career simply isn't paying the bills, or if you're
looking for something that will make you smile every time you arrive
at work, visit TAFE NSW and
see the wide variety of courses on offer.