There is no shortage of people who are willing to give advice to fresh graduates. And that is definitely not a bad thing. However, Ghanaians, especially the older generations, tend to give advice that might turn out detrimental if you follow it to the letter. Times have changed, and the way that workplaces are set-up has changed too. Here are some pieces of advice that you might receive and how they are applicable in our current day.
Follow Your Passion And Work Won’t Feel Like Work
Confucius said, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life”. This quote has become the basis of one of the most common pieces of advice that we receive about finding work. We are told to choose things that we love. And don’t get me wrong, that is a beautiful sentiment. In a perfect world, we would all love our jobs. However, holding out for that “dream” job is a little unrealistic.
First of all, your passion isn’t guaranteed to be marketable. In addition, there will always be parts of any job that don’t make you excited to get out of bed in the morning. What you should be doing, is trying to find a sense of purpose within a job that otherwise is just work. If you expect your job to make you happy as if you’re entitled to it, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment. Hearing advice like this raises people’s career aspirations above what is feasible for most of us.