5 More Things to Know About Choosing the ‘Right’ Career.
6. It’s Not the Right Career, It’s the Career for Right Now. As a kid, I internalized the idea that when you grew up you became something (like a baseball team manager or a writer) and then you stayed that thing forever. As boomers have experienced, this is no longer the cultural ideal for a lot of reasons. And it never really was the ‘natural’ human pattern. Baseball managers start as baseball players. Movie stars become directors. Businesspeople become politicians. Teachers open dry cleaning businesses. Nightclub owners become journalists. People’s lives and careers change over time. They’re meant to. I’ve read non-astrological sources more than once that talk about apparent ‘internal clocks’ that prompt people to change careers or jobs every so often. I see a handy guidebook to those internal clocks in a person’s chart. They’re important.
7. Know Your Own Job Expiration Date. This goes along with the idea of the internal clocks above. People will often sense in a visceral emotional way (often accompanied by great discontent) when their ability to do a certain job happily has expired. This is not a rational event (although it can be predicted astrologically); it just happens. When it does happen, you need to take action if you want to move to the next level. When I see people who have ended up spending a lot of time in jobs or careers they didn’t like, it often seems to be because they didn’t move when the ticking time bomb inside them said “MOVE!” The internal clock will only tick loudly for a certain period of time (often the length of an outer planet transit). If you don’t act when the time for action is ripe, eventually you and your chart will reconcile to your situation. This is absolutely fine if what you have decided that you want is security or steady employment in the same place for a long time. You can have that if you’re willing to endure these ‘move’ periods.
However, these days I do caution people that staying too long can actually be a career detriment in today’s market and lead to loss of opportunities for promotion and income growth. A person who sits out their discontent for too long can become seen as being difficult to retrain for a promotion, as unambitious, or as inflexible. This comment isn’t based on astrology by the way–just observation of the job market! At the least looking for ways to be promoted when your job clock expires is more prudent than doing nothing.
8. Frustration and Resistance Lead to Best Results. This rule isn’t ironclad but it seems to come into play about 80% of the time and it can be very comforting to know about when you’re trying to change jobs or careers. Briefly, it works like this. The best time to make a change is often during a difficult transit. These transits provide the desire for change, but they also provide obstacles to making the change quickly and easily. You have to work for it. Even a change initiated during an ‘easy’ transit often requires jumping through intimidating hoops. These hoops are a good sign! For example, you are given an opportunity, out of the blue, to design a website for a respected local firm. Since you want to be a website designer, this is great! The catch is that you have to spend money you barely have on a software package you’re not familiar with and produce mockups in 48 hours utilizing formats and conventions you’ve never used before. Panic time!
Panic time is good. Panic lets you know whether this is what you want or not. If you panic and produce the mock-ups, you’re on your way. Same thing applies for not getting the first 6 jobs you apply for, including the dream job you saw advertised. Rejection is painful but not a bad omen. On the other hand, occasionally it will seem like everything is just falling into place and you just scored a job that’s too good to be true, almost without effort. And then the company goes out of business in six months and you’re stuck without insurance, your last paycheck, or even unemployment benefits. Beware that which is too easy and do not fear that which seems to be too hard.
9. It’s Not in A Government Handbook. Conventional career counseling often attempts to match your skills and interests according to some test (or set of tests) to identifiable currently existing occupations, often those listed in government publications like the Occupational Outlook Handbook. To some degree, any type of career discussion has to take into account common careers that people are familiar with. But… in real life, when I see people who feel satisfied with their career paths, what they do isn’t exactly something listened in the OOH. They’re a chiropractor, yes, but a chiropractor in a group practice that specializes in health promotion publications, and they think of themselves as part of a team of ‘alternative health educators.’ You can’t find that niche in a government handbook, and being any old chiropractor doesn’t fit the needs of the chart.
The things that people actually do for a living never stop amazing me–so many of them I’ve never heard of, and I can’t imagine that a career interests to job matching service would be able to do as well as these people have done by allowing themselves to make the right choices as opportunities presented themselves. I’m not sure you can plan to be an international insurance product inventor (the perfect niche for one chart), but you can help yourself stumble into the right spot.
For one thing, lots of people today are working in jobs that didn’t exist 20 years ago, and by the same token, jobs that are lucrative today may be dead occupations in 15 or 30 years. I mean, no one worked for Google or MySpace or YouTube in 1992. And it’s possible that no one will work for some of these companies in 2024. So having a vision of what you want would feel like (something you can often generate by working with your astrological potentials) can be a better guide for successful decisions than you might think.
10. It’s Not Just What You’re Interested In. There are a lot of ways to identify the things you are interested in or have talents for. I wouldn’t discount any of them, including ways to assess your own skills. As far as I’m concerned, you might as well avail yourself of all the self-knowledge resources you can. But I’ll add the caveat that it often seems to me that in chart terms, it is not just what a person is interested in. Sometimes, it’s even what a person isn’t interested in.
Charts (or the lives of people with charts) often seem to gravitate with an invisible pull toward industries and sectors represented by certain sign or house energies, even if a person has no real awareness of an interest in that field. This phenomenon would take too long to explain in a post, but I’ll give the example of a person I knew who somehow or another always seemed end up working in a financial services field even though he didn’t care about financial services and his own jobs had nothing to do with them. The placement of Scorpio in his chart seemed to make financial services the industry in which he could most easily find a job doing the type of tasks he actually liked to do.
In other words, you might as well be aware of the types of industry sectors your chart is pulled toward–even if that doesn’t mean you want a traditional job in that field. You may care a lot more about art than about construction, architecture, or the hotel industry. But someone has to figure out what art to put in hotels and new buildings. It’s often the ingenious combination of an interest with an industry sector that provides a satisfying niche. Sometimes finding that niche can mean a previously unattractive industry becomes attractive. Alternatively, knowing what type of sign, house or planetary energy your chart is attracted to can sometimes help you find a more enjoyable way to use it (e.g., using Scorpio energy for research instead of dealing with ‘other people’s money’). And astrology can help with that, too.