THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHOICE and Inner Quest is not something you lean in graduate school, you learn it in living.
“Know thyself” was the motto that Socrates learned from the Oracle atDelphi. It is ancient wisdom, true today as it was in ancientGreece. At some point in your life, you must make the decision to find your true self. Otherwise, you are destined to live with a false self, interpersonal conflicts, and career dissatisfaction.
Career reassessment typically comes in mid-life when failures in outer solutions trigger the classic “mid-life, psycho-social crisis.” Almost everyone is challenged to find their purpose in life by the time their days on earth are half numbered. Making this decision initiates a major turning point in the course of your life.
Traditionally we think only of ministers and doctors as having a “calling” but in reality everyone has a calling. Initially people are scared by the idea of an inward quest and fear they will fail. Self-conflict that appears in the form of external obstacles is the main reason callings are not pursued.
If your current job bothers you a lot, for example, you may be so irritated that an alternative cannot even occur to you. Many people choose to ignore the quest of their calling, and try to live in a rational material world, using only their goal-oriented left-brain, or they reside in an imaginary emotional world of self-doubt, using only their right-brain.
A meaningful career choice arises from the resource of your own integrated mind and from nowhere else. All the skills and knowledge necessary to enact your life-purpose are directly and fully possessed within you psychologically. Once a career has been identified from an internal source, it cannot be wrong, discounted by others or pursued half-heartedly.
Prevailing wisdom about career change sees it exclusively as a logical problem of how to adapt your aptitudes and personality to corporate needs. This approach implies that the economy is rational,and that you are not, unless you conform.
More traditional approaches to career counseling overlook the psychological and spiritual foundation to career choice and change outlined in this article. Where and how you chose to use your skills and knowledge in life are ultimately and always a question of inner values and your relationship to yourself.