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Should you base your career choice on passion or money?

Should you base your career choice on passion or money?
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Passion or paycheck?

It’s an age-old dilemma that every generation has had to grapple with. Ideally, we would all be happy making lots of money doing what we love, but the reality is not everyone can follow their dreams, and even those who do, aren’t guaranteed success.

It’s hard to know if you should follow your dream job or go for a career that makes money. Everyone’s situation is different, and it isn’t always feasible for someone to pursue a career they’re passionate about.

When kids are told they can grow up to be whatever they want, they tend to dream big, but how many of us achieve that dream?

A recent survey of 2000 Americans asked what job they wanted when they were a teenager, and how many of them work in that field. Public service jobs such as doctor, nurse, teacher and veterinarian were some the highest jobs people reported followed by more glamorous jobs such as singer, actor, athlete and writer after that.

According to results, only 10 percent of people were working the job they dreamed of back when they were in high school.

But that doesn't necessarily mean people who didn't get their dream jobs were unhappy. According to the survey, 61 percent of people who didn't get their dream job said they have no regrets and are content with their current job.

Here are the top 5 dream jobs by gender:

Men

Professional Sports Star

Musician

Engineer

Scientist

eSports Players

 

Women

Teacher

Doctor/Nurse

Veterinarian

Actress

Writer/Author

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Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” In other words, Twain meant realizing what you were meant to do, and not what you necessarily hoped for.

 

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