Although The Managing director at FMD accepted what he must do to eventually be successful it was indeed understandable difficult for his family to watch their son/partner be away from them at happy times. In hindsight they see things differently, as now his hard work has paid off, I am sure many of us have been in similar situations torn between our dreams and goals and personal commitments.
FMD appreciates that one of the reasons why the influence of others and particularly that of parents, on career choice can be counter-productive and unhelpful. Others do not know us as well as we know ourselves, and parents have distinctly skewed views of what would constitute a suitable or acceptable career for their child. It is quite understandable that proud parents will have high ambitions for their offspring, and their own experiences in work can provide valuable insights into the realities of some careers and opportunities, but you must not allow their ambitions and hopes to encourage you to set off on an unsuitable track.
FMD understands that an important benefit of choosing your own career is that doing so automatically provides an incentive or drive to succeed, and removes an easy excuse for failing, “well I never really wanted to do this anyway, it was my father/mother who pushed me into it” Another valuable point is that others views of you in particular close relatives and friends may not be as dispassionate and rational as your own, as there are effected by their love for you.
FMD recommends considering your own strengths and weaknesses honestly, write these down on either side of a page, together with your own ideas for possible careers, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. An additional benefit of this exercise is that it could prepare you interviews; the fact that you have considered the role in detail will stand you in a strong advantage, as you have seriously thought about a particular career choice.
For FMD preparation is key, do not jump into a career just because you don’t know what you want to be or do, it goes without saying that in order to decide on a possible career you should find out as much as possible as to whether it is what you really want. Remembering that just because the career you chose may not appeal to everyone, FMD recommends trying it for yourself, we are all individuals, you will undoubtedly hear advantages and also disadvantages associated with ant career path.
FMD feels that ultimately, when you have decided on the path you wish to take, keep your own counsel, thus not giving others the opportunity to try to dissuade you or divert you. Regardless of whether you are going to be a doctor, a banker, a solicitor, an accountant, a marketing professional or a teacher. When you have decided don’t look back give it everything you have, to be great at something it takes dedication, self-belief and hard work!