Figuring out what you want to do with your life is hard. But, there is this pressure to figure it out quickly. We have to pick a major in college when we’re not even 20 years old. Just a few years prior, we still had a curfew, an allowance, and couldn’t legally vote and there we are, terrified and confused and deciding what path we’d like to go down forever. Of course, you don’t have to work in the field that you study, but it’s pretty hard to break out of that course later. Your degree lends itself to only certain jobs and not to others. So those are the ones you go for. But maybe you only chose that path because your best friends were doing it, too. Or because it makes a lot of money. Or because it seemed cool. Once you’re well into your thirties or forties it can be hard to admit if you’re in the wrong line of work, but there are some glaring signs. Here are signs you’re in your career for all the wrong reasons.
You’d never do it for free
You would never even entertain the idea of doing it for free. You won’t do pro bono work. If your company asks you to take on some weekend work that you can take or leave, for no extra pay, you find your way out of it. So, that means you’re only in it for the money. If you loved your work, you’d do it for free sometimes.