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    Soimjay
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    I am graduating soon from university possessing a bachelor of degree in accounting and finance. Time to search for a job that’s related to the course taken in university right? Here comes the problem.. I knew that I wasn’t interested in the course I’ve taken especially accounting. However, everyone around me is starting to settle down on a job and ‘do what should be done’ and I felt a little pressured. Besides, I also know that it is necessary for me to get a job to survive, to pay bills and to achieve my personal goals in life.. Yea I have goals in life but never seems to have a clear vision of my career or any career goal.. I feel stucked and cannot find what is the purpose of working hard in a corporate world other than to earn money. I feel stuck thinking I’m going to spend so much time working for the rest of my life.. I’m starting to back off a little from the reality.. this transition in life is making me miserable. I don’t know what to do.

    #212409

    Nancy
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    Corporate life is a bitch

    #212425

    anita
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    Dear Soimjay:

    You wrote: “I feel stuck and cannot find what is the purpose of working hard in a corporate world other than to earn money”.

    The purpose of earing money is good enough of a purpose, I think, at this point in your life. You said it so yourself: “it is necessary for me to get a job to survive, to pay bills and to achieve my personal goals in life”- good enough of a reason to get a job in which you will use your education. It will pay more than a job in which your education and degree are not part of.

    Later you can think about the rest of your life (“thinking I'm going to spend so much time working for the rest of my life”). Not now. Now think about getting a job. Work for a while, see how it feels. Evaluate later, figure things out more… later.

    anita

    #212473

    missus
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    You're right, there isn't much purpose working in the corporate world other than to make money. For now, do the work. You need to get into the workforce and the rat race (I know, it sucks). But focus on the other spheres in your life: relationships, hobbies, projects, etc. If you don't know where to start, shake things up by doing something big (get a visa, move AND work for a year to a different country!), something new or very not you (get out of your comfort zone).

    By focusing on things around work, you might come across professional opportunities you never thought possible. Chin up, it'll work out. Just give it time.

    #212527

    Soimjay
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    Thanks Anita, I like your last sentence very much 🙂

    ‘Now think about getting a job. Work for a while, see how it feels. Evaluate later, figure things out more… later.'

    I will remind myself of this as I continue to search for my job.

     

    #212529

    Soimjay
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    Thanks Missus, I like your last sentences as well! ‘By focusing on things around work, you might come across professional opportunities you never thought possible. Chin up, it'll work out. Just give it time.'

    I'm really hoping that I can find my purpose along my career path one day. Just go with the flow and see what happen next right? As we never know what would happen in the future and life is full of possibilities 😉

    However, my family is kind of rushing me to get a good job by asking me to contact people they know, this and that. I just finish my final exam 2 weeks ago and had submitted a few job application. I just feel like i still need time to figure things out and want to take thing one step at a time, doesn't like to rush thing but they think that I don't cherish opportunity. You said that i should do something out of my comfort zone (which is something my family is asking me to do) but I don't feel emotionally ready to do that yet as I feel like there's too much in my head and a little miserable. I am going to a vacation in July. Maybe after my vacation I will feel more ready after clearing my mind by then. Will that be too late or indicating that I don't cherish opportunities? I have a more lay back and go with the flow kind of personality. Don't know if I should try change it.

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    Soimjay
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    Hi Nancy! 😉 That's sort of what i thought too hahaha money and status… I really hope i can get good superior and colleagues, I think it's very important when comes to job satisfaction right.

    #212597

    TJTeller
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    Soimjay,

    In my experience there are jobs where the people you work with or the purpose of the organization makes your heart sing.  Your schooling gives you access to that.  If the job interviews you go on do not touch your heart, keep looking.  You may not feel that accounting feeds your soul but all organizations need accounting so find the organization that makes you giggle at the thought of getting to work there.  You can start by researching organizations and when you identify the ones that speak to you, work on landing a job there.

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