Career Development: Day Jobs vs. Entrepreneurism

Career development can be a tricky thing. Sometimes, people end up putting a lot of effort towards developing a career which doesn’t necessarily make them happy. For example, maybe you really want to start your own company but you have a day job as an administrative assistant at a firm. And, somehow or the other, you end up putting a lot of effort towards your day job. Maybe the firm is demanding a lot of your time and attention or maybe you just happen to be good at administration.

Putting More Effort Towards Your Day Job

Before you know it, ten years have gone by at your day job and you’re now the administrative manager. You’re pretty good at your job. But being an administrative manager can be really challenging and time-consuming. So by the time you get home, you don’t have that much time left for starting your own company or doing whatever else it is that you want to do. You’re successful but not necessarily in a way that makes you happy.

Putting More Effort Towards Being an Entrepreneur

There are several things you can do to avoid this state of affairs. The first and most obvious thing is to spend more time on what you really want to do. So if you want to start a company, take some business courses. Spend some time in the evening setting up an infrastructure for your business. Set up a home office in a spare room or in your garage. Look for investors who might want to fund you or consultants who can help you get your business off the ground.

Know Thyself: Working a Job vs. Being an Entrepreneur

There are many things you can do in order to further your aims and ambitions. But what you ought to be careful about is to make sure that you are, in fact, spending your free time doing what makes you feel good. And if starting your own business is somehow not really cutting it, then you might need to accept that your career path lies in a different direction. So the Greek aphorism “Know thyself” is nowhere more true than when it comes to your career.