Career, the word itself, has ties to your story. Originally a career was a “road or racetrack for vehicles.” The term comes from Latin carrus, “wheeled vehicle,” something that transports cargo from one place to another. Your career transports you from one version of yourself to the next ever changing and ever-growing self.
With respect to work, we travel a road with many turns – both expected and unexpected, chosen and unchosen – all of which shape our identity. Work is central to our lives. Work shapes who we are and how we live. The work we do, along with our attitude, is reflected in our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
During our lifetime, most of us will work at least 40 to 45 years with 250 workdays per year. While not everyone works the average eight-hour day, the typical person will spend at least 80,000 hours at work. According to the best estimates, that time will be spent in at least fourteen different jobs in at least three distinct careers.
These numbers highlight why it’s so critical to prepare yourself for the inevitable twists that will come your way and to create a career that has vitality, meaning and value. Compounding this challenge is the impending complexity of your course. Workers once moved through their personal careers with the steadfast determination of a marathoner powering through a demanding course. The route was long and required great endurance, but the path appeared clear and the destination apparent. Times are different now.
Your capacity to tolerate external and internal pressures, adapt to new jobs and roles and understand how work changes you as a person will be critical to your success. Work will change you. 80,000 hours has a way of making an impact.
Destiny may or may not be in the stars, but your career usually is in your own hands. What should you do? For stellar results, refer to this good for everyone career horoscope.
Career Horoscope 2014