The older I get, the more I realized that jobs are not as important as people make them seem.
You might start out with one ideal career in your mind as a kid, but you’re probably not going to end up in that position by the time you’re 50 years old.
It’s unlikely that you will get the same satisfaction and fulfillment from the same work for your entire life. This is even true in my industry, where I function as a dedicated heating, cooling, and ventilation specialist. I’ve been in the HVAC industry for over 30 years now and I don’t think I’ll ever be anything besides an air quality control specialist. However, I am constantly learning about new kinds of HVAC equipment, new technologies, and new directions to take my career. When I first started out, I mainly functioned as a furnace repairman in residential homes. I knew how to diagnose and repair a forced air furnace like nobody’s business, but I quickly got bored. I started learning about air conditioning repair and stuck in the HVAC industry for a while as a residential heating and cooling expert. After 10 years of visiting various homes and performing the same diagnostic repairs over and over, I grew bored with tiny central heating systems. That’s when I transitioned into commercial HVAC installation and repair. These days, I don’t waste my time driving all over the city to do tiny maintenance jobs for various families. Instead, I go to one large corporation and work on their extremely high tech commercial HVAC system for days on end. I make much better money, the HVAC work is much more challenging, and I’m always learning something new on the job.