Linking Your Purpose to Your Career

By Peterson's Staff updated on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Have you thought about your purpose in life?  Do you know what you want to do in your personal and professional life to be happy and to feel fulfilled?  If you first decide what your purpose is, then you will be able to think about linking your purpose to your career.

Would you like to join a not-for-profit organization that works for the welfare of endangered animal species?  Perhaps you are interested in pursuing a career protecting the rights of young children and families.  Do you want to teach high school to encourage students to continue on to college? Are you someone who wants to join the expanding health care industry, maybe focusing on the rapidly-growing field of elder care?   Are you a computer geek skilled in all things digital? Consider these options to discern  your purpose in life:  helping others, making enough money to take care of your family, providing services to the underserved, creating ways to make our world a better place for all. These are just a few of life’s possible purposes.

Once you have a better idea of your purpose, you can begin to consider how to develop it and think about linking your purpose to your career.  When you have a goal, you will be able to develop a plan.

If you need help deciding on your goal, it may be useful to speak with a professional, like the personal education coaches at The consultation is free and you could find the help you need to focus on your goals and how to achieve them.  Earning a convenient college degree is the best way to enter the field of your dreams and to achieve your life’s purpose. The friendly education coaches at DreamDegree have years of experience helping people decide on the easiest and best way to begin working on their college degree or to complete their unfinished degree.

Talking to a personal education coach who is a strong student advocate is bound to be a reassuring experience.  The daunting process of looking for colleges and universities who offer programs in your field of interest is much easier with a coach on your team. The coaches can also explain the many advantages of earning a convenient college degree online, rather than enrolling in courses which require travel to an on-campus classroom at a potentially inconvenient or impossible time.  If you have personal or family responsibilities or a full-time job which make it difficult to commit to a specific class time and location, why not consider attending classes online, in your own home and at a time that is best for you?

After you have decided on your purpose in life, it is much easier to think about how to achieve it.  If you want to become a nurse, start taking the required biology courses now, at home, online.  If you want to teach history, enjoy the experience of studying ancient civilizations in your own kitchen, relaxed and ready to learn.  If you are thinking about law school in the future, take a political science course and participate in exciting online discussions with other likeminded students.  Explore your potential, consider your purpose in life, and take steps to pursue your dream now!

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