By Sana Rahim (FEMBA ’19)
When you graduate from college wide-eyed and ready to take on the world, no one ever tells you that one day your career choices will be dictated by a mortgage or daycare payments. Whether we realize it or not, at some point in our lives we are forced to make decisions about our priorities, and sometimes career fulfillment is put at the bottom of the list. We are forced to choose between work that matters to us and work that will pay us what we need to survive. A dream career is not only hard to find, but sometimes it’s simply not feasible.
From a young age, we are taught to follow our dreams and pursue our passions. We are not taught, however, that sometimes our dreams will be put on hold to support our parents, to pay off our student debt or to prepare for future plans of buying a home or bringing a child into the world. Sometimes it feels impossible to find a job that is able to support your financial goals as well as your intellectual and emotional needs for growth and fulfillment.