In today's fast paced, high tech world, young people at the beginning of their careers face a tremendous amount of questions and, sometimes, stressful issues. Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions facing students today pertains to career direction and the road to success.
Many would like to believe that pursuing certain courses of study or entering specific fields is the guarantee to a stable, lucrative career. Would that were true; universities would be an entirely different entity. But, the truth is that there are no guarantees for success. Hard work is still a required pre-requisite for advancement. Yet, if one were to ask business executives for their advice, many would say that passion is an important trait to have.
Of course, it is advisable to do some research when planning a course of study. Look ahead and see where the markets are heading. Which fields are emerging and will present the best employment options several years from now? Which fields have room for advancement? Follow current events and see where money is being invested these days. But, there is still more to take into account.
A career should be more than a job. A job produces income but life is more than just money. And, over time, a job that is just a job starts to pale. Looking ahead, one must imagine where they would like to be and what they would like to achieve. Achievement requires personal drive and that requires a degree of passion. It is passion that gives the personal drive to forge ahead and get the most from your career. An MBA is an important academic credential. Yet, there are many people who have succeeded in business without an MBA. Their passion for success has given them the drive to excel and rise above challenges. Passion is the adrenalin that makes each day a new and exciting experience. And, it is passion for your career that gives you the winning edge over everyone else.
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