Big Mistake: Top 4 Terrible Reasons to Choose a Career
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

When it comes to career choice, the decision can be long, difficult and stressful. It can also be one filled with changes and professional detours. People have various reasons for choosing the industry they work within or the job they have, from financial stability to upward mobility.

Some reasons are healthy and valid, while other only lead to long-term unfulfillment and burnout. Brazen Careerist contributor Josh Weiss-Roessler offers up four terrible reasons to choose a profession. They include the following:

  • Everyone says you’re good at it.
  • It’s what you’re “supposed” to do.
  • You like the perks.
  • Your friends are doing it.

“Imagine yourself in potential careers one, five or even 10 years down the line and think about what a regular day for you will be like,” Weiss-Roessler further writes. “Ultimately, the most important thing is that you feel happy and fulfilled in your work.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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