Making career decisions based only on glamour, trends or fame is probably the worst idea one could ever make. Honestly, there’s no point in chasing these things at all, because they will probably be forgotten before you even manage to achieve something worth mentioning. In addition to this, anything that is trendy or glamorous, is also very competitive. Do you have a solid background, the best studies or strong connections? If you don’t you can forget about it because you’re not getting anywhere. Take the California Gold Rush as an example. It started in 1848 and ended in 1855. Although it is true that certain people got rich, others sold all they had in the same hopes, but ended up with broken dreams.
The very definition of trend means something that has a beginning, middle, and impending end. Granted, those who manage to seize an opportunity before others will be successful, but there have been many trends recorded in the annals of history that made more victims than successful people. Job seekers and career changers should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using trends in decision making.
How Important Timing is for Trends
Trends usually appear, soar, crash and then burn. When we are talking about a career, we calculate in terms of 20-30 years. Are you sure you want to base all these years on trends? If the answer is yes, you should be prepared to assess the value of trends. For example, if you have just graduated from university, and are lucky enough to become part of a trend, you should. It might just be the breaking wave or launching pad that you need to kick-start your career. Call if being at the right place, at the right time, if you will. There is also a saying a day late and a dollar short, which basically refers to situation in which different individuals, with the same set of skills, do not get the opportunity that those before had, simply because the wave had already crashed into the shore. In other words, the “trend” was no longer on demand, and graduates were met with rejection.
Why You Shouldn’t Base Your Career on Trends
As we already mentioned, if you are ready to risk your entire future on a trend that may or may not be here tomorrow, go ahead. But cream usually tends to rise to the top. While it is OK to hop on a few waves during your career, a stable, satisfying work-place should not be forfeited in their favor. It is more productive to create a system around your strengths and qualities, rather than wait for ships that might never return to your harbor. Long term career planning is based on interests, aptitudes, values and knowledge, and the key difference between it and trends is the fact that an employer decides for you. Finally, we only recommend careers based on trends for limited duration, or for people that are active in job hunting. You can easily get burned out by the endless cycle of frustrating and discouraging attempts to chase after trends. Also, having necessary skills, connections and experience are essential when opportunity presents itself.
Make Career Decisions You Won’t Regret Later
While it is tempting to base your decisions on little to no data, but chances are that it might not work out for you. How exactly can you pin-point the best career if you do not know anything about it? The key to a long, fulfilling career starts with self-assessment. Once you have learned enough about what you like, hope for and what matters (with the help of a counselor) you can advance in your career.
Without a doubt, the most important values are work-related ones. What makes you happy at work? What motivates you? Do you want to make a difference? These questions are relevant to your career, because the level of sacrifice and work that you are willing to put into a certain job, will most likely determine the path you should take. The most important thing in life is to find a job that you love, because as someone once said, if you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life. Equally important is having stability, so that you won’t have financial issues in the future. We recommend you to choose a stable career, not one based on trends or glamour.