Career Advice: My Two Cents Worth

A thought came out of a conversation about careers that I had with someone. It is namely this: You do what you are at the highest level possible for you.

~ For example two persons may be mechanically inclined, yet only one of them may be able to afford a university education. So one may become a mechanical engineer and the other a mechanic.  That is fine and so be it. The point is that you are still able to express who you are by doing what you do.

The thing is:  It is not always easy to know what to do with one’s life.

And my thought here is that: you need to (a) know yourself and (b) be known.  

Re: (a), Knowing Yourself: What kind of a person are you? Are you artistic? Are you mathematical? Are you a people person or not? If you are not, then maybe working as a recruiter for some company may not be for you.

Re: (b), Being Known: Every human being on some levels is always a changing person and on some levels is unchanging. However since there are things about us that are always changing, it may be difficult to know who we are. This can be particularly true for late bloomers in certain fields.

This is why being known is as important as knowing yourself.  Hence this is why you must seek counsel of others. Your family and friends (F&F) know you in ways you do not know.  Hence your buddy, Skjøld may be able to point things out about your personality that you never realized.

However – this is still not enough.  Even your F& F are not enough. They also only know you so much and they also have their biases.  Therefore it is also important that you be known by God and seek His counsel. 1 Corinthians 13:2 states the fact of our lack of self-knowledge and God knowledge of us in a way that I have always found interesting:

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

This verse tells us that God knows us fully and hence it is important to seek His counsel when in need of direction. The Bible is replete with promises concerning God’s guidance.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our Guide even unto death.” ~ Psalm 48:14

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” ~ Psalm 32:8

One more penny – An Irish one.

~ What if you feel that you have gone through all of the above and still are not sure what to do? My advice pray and act. Just do something no matter what it is and just be should to pour out much prayer in advance.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…” ~ Psalm 138:8

There comes a point where you just have to act and make a decision. At this point the best thing is to gain clearance from God viz a viz prayer and then act. God will make straight your paths. You know its interesting – in the Bible, wisdom is often associated with action. There is no verse that explicitly states this, however it is there as a theme. So … pray and act.