Beginning with a quote from George Eliot, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been”, Orla Donoghue highlights that career decisions aren’t necessarily decisions for life in this interesting TED Talk.
Many students nearing the end of their school days feel the weight of expectation of what are they going to do for the rest of their life. Often they are worried that they may be letting others down by the choices they make. Or concerned whether they can make money from their choice of career.
2 great tips that Orla shares for students (and all of us!) in this position are:
- Find someone you can talk to who is neutral with no agenda
- Think of the career decision as one small step rather than a final destination
Orla also shares 3 questions she has asked herself throughout her working career:
- What is expected of me?
- What do I want to do?
- What will make me happy?
These questions are by not suggested as the ultimate in making a career decision. But they do start the internal dialogue that helps guide an informed decision.
Watch the full 8 minute TED Talk below to hear direct from Orla.
It’s also interesting to see different perspectives around how to approach career decisions. The last TED Talk video we shared, The best career advice? Don’t follow your passion! Also gave some interesting insights on this subject.
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