When picking a career, most people tend to choose something lucrative, with good benefits and overall something that will give you a “successful career”. However, while people who go for these types of jobs live materially more comfortable lives, it can often take a toll on their mental state, stress levels, family life, relationships and overall mood. You can still live a good life even if you pick a career path that doesn’t have material wealth as an end goal. So, here are some of the careers that will nourish your soul and help you live a happy life:
There’s nothing more beautiful than a young mind full of curiosity and with a will to learn and explore. Teachers are one of the main influences we have while we are growing up and they play a key part in shaping the way we think about the world. It’s a big responsibility, but it is also very rewarding to see them grow and progress. Teachers have notoriously low salaries, so it really is a job that you can only do if emotional satisfaction and gratitude are what feeds you, gives you motivation and keeps you going. Especially if you are someone who loves kids and knows how much joy they can bring, this is a good option for you. If you’re working with kids – no matter what age – you have to understand that they are relying on you, sometimes even to fill the role of an absent parent. It can be a two-edged sword, but if done right, you will spend the rest of your life knowing that you have made a person’s childhood a lot happier and filled with support, alongside a lifetime of laughter and cheer.
Care or Support Workers
Caregivers are some of the most selfless and kind humans on the planet. If you opt for a career as a support worker, you are dedicated to helping others live their lives to the fullest, whether it’s the elderly, people with a disability or families in need. While it can be at times hard and confronting, it is a humbling and compassionate career choice. The people you support rely on you and your skills, which is a position that not everyone can handle emotionally. You will often have to go out of your way to help your clients, and it will at times be exhausting. But when you see them succeed in something that they have been struggling with for a long time or that they’ve wanted to do for a while, it will all be worth it.
Becoming a nurse takes a lot of time, learning and specialization. However, nurses don’t get the respect, and especially not the paychecks that doctors do, even though they are at the hospital all the time, working harder than most people. They are also the ones whom patients have the most contact with, and as such, they are directly responsible for how the patients feel during their stay at the hospital. If someone has to be in the hospital for a long time, a nurse that is caring and empathic will make their stay much better, even if it’s with nothing but an encouraging smile. You will often be working double shifts, being confronted by unhappy or desperate patients, but the connections you will form with your patients and the emotional ups and downs you will go through with them will make you really feel what life is all about.