Should I Further My Studies Or Pursue My Career?

FreshGrads member Sleepy Lee says, “I'm looking for advice on whether to further my studies or continue in my present career, and some of my friends are currently having the same issues. Could you advise?”

I believe that the answer lies with you. At this ‘fresh graduate’ stage of life, there is a tendency for us to focus more on getting ahead than getting to know who we are as a person. Socrates, one of the great philosophers and a much wiser man than I am, lived by this simple rule: “Know Thyself”. I believe when you have a clear picture of who you are— what you enjoy, what you are good at, what your limitations are and what you want out of life—then making this decision is simple. It’s just a matter of following the path that takes you closer towards your ideal destination as quickly as possible.   

I’m a big fan of allowing you to find your own way because I could tell you what to do, how to do it and why I’d do it that way but that would be based on who I am and not who you are. There’s a way that works for you which will fully engage who you are as a person, and I believe that is the way to true success. Not just getting ahead, but getting to where you want to be by being 100% who you are.

That said, I know I’m going to exasperate some of you if I don’t give you something specific on the question itself, so I’ll give you some questions to kick start the process:

1.    Do you think that the job that you’re in right now is going to take you to your ideal destination in the best (fastest and easiest) possible way?

2.    Does your job right now engage who you are as a person and the skills and talents that you want to develop?

3.    Are you happy in your current job, or are you miserable?

Personally, as an entrepreneurially minded person, I’ve always seen a job as a stepping stone to develop the skills and connections I need to strike it out on my own eventually. That’s the path I’ve gone down, but as I said, not everyone’s born to be an entrepreneur—some are better suited to pursue a corporate path and others better at running an existing business. Or perhaps, you may even be one of those that strike out your own. It all depends on your inclinations. So, what do you think?

About The Author: Thad Bong, better known as The Passion Life Coach, serves thousands of people all over the world in the area of passion and personal growth. His purpose in life is to help others to find their passion, and to turn their dreams into a reality, in their way. This is what he devotes himself to with a passion. For more information, you can visit

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