Job Security vs. Passion in Today’s Economy

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In light of the current recession, many college students and some post-college employees are rethinking what their career paths should be.  For college students, the situation presented by the economy has caused many of them to feel a little bit insecure about their majors and has prompted some students to even switch their majors to secure career fields.  Job security is one thing that many people worry about the recent economic downturn.  It is at the forefront when making decisions such as choosing a major in college or choosing a lifelong career.  As of the writing of this article, according to the Bureau of Labor, the unemployment rate is at 9.5%.  That is the highest it has been over the past decade.

The economic downturn has also prompted current workers to reconsider their careers in this un-secure market.  This can mean to some that they must give up what they love in order to sustain themselves and their families.  According to some people, you should love what you do.  In a way that is true.  If you genuinely enjoy your work, you won’t mind coming in each day and occasionally working long hours.  You will have fun and feel fulfilled. The question essentially is, “Should I follow the money or follow my passion?”

This essential question is what many college students struggle with.  When choosing their majors in the beginning, students probably chose one that was closest to their childhood ambitions.  We all had dreams.  Many of us had dreams of becoming an astronaut, a professional athlete such as a football or basketball player, or maybe a fashion or graphic designer. But because of recent events, they question whether they should stick to a more profitable route.

However, even with degrees in certain fields, some people still cannot find work.  Some employers simply cannot afford to take on new talent.  This means that many recent graduates will be competing with others who have much more experience and credentials than themselves at jobs that, in the past, would be relatively easy for recent grads to get.

But if you have a job that gives you a decent income, but don’t like it, what’s the point?  Shouldn’t enjoyment be one of the factors you should base your career plans on?  Despite this many people choose secure career fields in which there is very little chance that they will lose their jobs now or in the future.  But at what cost will this decision be made?

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