One of the most common struggles in the search for meaning and purpose is what amounts to a career bait-and-switch. This isn’t intentional, by any means. And it’s often self imposed.
Here’s how it typically goes:
- While in high school, a young man decides that he wants to be a teacher.
- He pursues that job whole-heartedly.
- He gets a degree in teaching and is excited to someday have his own classroom.
- As a soon to be graduating college senior, he does a semester of student teaching.
- During his student teaching, he struggles. Though he loves kids, he doesn’t like having to control them. Though he loves educating, he loathes all the lesson planning that teaching requires.
- He gets his education degree, and lands a job a teaching— because he just needs a job. And again he’s confronted with how much it’s not a good fit for him.