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Understanding Industries and Careers

Tracy Stegall April 19, 2024

You Are Not Your Job

Remember that your job does not define who you are inherently. You are intrinsically valuable just for being you; this has nothing to do with what you do or how much money you earn.

Many other important aspects make up your individuality, such as beliefs, values, hobbies, interests, relationships, and personal experiences. When you think about your long-term career, consider each job role as an opportunity to develop aspects of your core strengths and intrinsic identity.

Ultimately, you are much more than your job or career. You should recognize and nurture all aspects of your identity to live a fulfilling and balanced life.

Thinking About a Career

A career is an accumulation of all your jobs throughout your working life. This can be linear in one industry – for example, holding many different positions at a hospital overtime that results in an executive role running the entire hospital. Or it can be a series of jobs in varying fields that all contribute to your unique purpose.

There is no right or wrong way to pursue a career. Everything in your life can contribute positively to a fulfilling path. Choosing one industry to be part of may make it easier to change jobs within that industry than to jump to another, although itu2019s also very possible to switch industries!


Please watch the video to learn a bit more about Industries.

Choosing an industry for a career path can have several benefits:

  1. You can focus your efforts on developing specialized skills and knowledge specific to one industry. This can lead to greater job security, as employers in that industry are more likely to value and seek out those specific skills.
  2. Working in a particular industry can provide opportunities for career advancement and networking with other professionals in the field.
  3. By working in an industry that aligns with your interests and passions, you are more likely to find job satisfaction and fulfillment in your career.

Skills Transfer Across Industries

If you want to change industries, keep in mind that many skills can be useful in almost any setting so itu2019s important to develop skills that translate.

  • Human Skills: For example, being able to communicate well, solve problems, and manage projects are needed in most industries.
  • Technical skills: Skills like programming or accounting also transfer because the basic principles are similar.
  • Sales is the role that almost every single company in every single industry needs!
  • Role Transfers: You can also be a plumber, administrative assistant, HR director and so much more in every industry.

Also, what you learned in one industry can help you in another industry because you have a different perspective and knowledge. It is important to recognize which skills you have that can be applied to different fields when looking for new opportunities or changing careers.