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Choosing a career because you love it vs. for the money

Hannah Curran

hcurran1@radford.edu

I should start by saying I am an English major because that is the degree I need to become a teacher. That alone should tell you I am not in it for the money, so clearly, my opinion on this issue is going to be biased. I have known since first grade that I wanted to teach, and I have always been able to stick with that. However, these days I think about how the economy looks and how expensive the cost of living is, and how people choose their majors based off what they can make. Because of this, money has become a big factor in what people decide to do now.

My dad used to say when I was younger that if I chose something I loved doing, I would never work a day in my life. It always stuck with me. I know I am barely going to make any money in my profession, but I chose it because I think I will love what I am doing. I think everyone should strive to find that one thing that just clicks with them and stick with it. If you love what you do, you will always be able to find work with it somewhere.

With all that being said, I do not think at this time it is wrong to choose a profession for the money. To some people, the money is more important, or they can be happy having that kind of freedom that money brings with it. Especially in today’s economy, the prospect of having more rather than less money can be appealing, and there is nothing wrong with that. It is nice to feel secure in making a decent living.

Freshmen Kenzie Larrington is currently undecided in her major. However, she is not torn with it because of money; she is torn because she does not know what she will love doing yet. She said, “I want to make sure I pick the thing I will love the most, and not something I will end up hating the rest of my life.” I think a lot of people struggle with this when they come to college.

I think the choice between loving your career and money can also be based on how you are raised. If money is something critical in your family, you will choose a career that will let you continue to live that way. Whereas, if money isn’t something that is a big deal in your family, you will feel like you can pick a career based on what you always wanted to do.

I was able to choose the thing I always wanted to do, and maybe someday I will make a lot of money off of that, but for me, that was not important. For others, the money could be imperative. Either way, you are doing what you want, and that’s always a right choice.

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