Three changes that can enhance your career trajectory
Suppose you want to be a nurse because you’ve heard it’s a growing profession with many opportunities and high pay. At first you may just see one path: enroll in a bachelors in nursing program (BSN). If enrolling right now isn’t feasible, you may give up on the idea, believing there’s no way you can do it. Here’s where creativity comes into play. While enrolling in a BSN program is a valid path, it’s really just one option. You could also start out as an emergency medical technician (which requires less training), then get an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, and then go to the BSN program. You could join the military and go to nursing school there. You could start by working in a support role within a hospital or medical practice to gain some medical experience and then enroll in a BSN program. If you think creatively about what you want, you’ll find numerous ways to get to the end goal.
Of course, for some people, knowing they have numerous paths anywhere can be cognitively overwhelming, because human memory limits are, on average, seven bits of information. In other words, it’s difficult for many people to keep all those variables in their head. The good news is you don’t have to keep all the options in your head. You can use a spreadsheet to track the information or just jot it in a notebook. The key is to allow yourself to creatively think about your future so you can expand your possibilities.
3. Emotional Nonattachment
To decide on which path to take, you can’t be emotionally attached to one certain way. If you have scarcity thinking, you have one destination and one path, so you are naturally extremely emotionally attached. All your eggs are in one basket. If it works out to your advantage, you’re exhilarated. But if it works out to your disadvantage, you’re devastated. And if you’re uncertain as to how it will work out for a long period of time, you’re chronically anxious.
Being emotionally nonattached does not mean to be apathetic or lethargic. Emotional nonattachment means having an underlying recognition that all things in life are temporary. Of course, this doesn’t mean you don’t want to commit yourself. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to fully enjoy and be in the experience. But it is the recognition that everything eventually goes away.
Here’s how emotional nonattachment can work for you in a job search. Let’s say you go into an interview and tell yourself that you have to have this job. You have to come out on top. You have to make sure they’re impressed with you. You have to make sure they extend a job offer. Clearly, you are emotionally attached. So that may come out as you being over enthusiastic, as being a little bit too pushy, or as being overly aggressive during the meeting. But if you’re emotionally nonattached, you can be engaged in the conversation of the interview without being attached to what the outcome is. As a result, you come across as natural, relaxed, conversational, and sincere. Basically, being emotionally nonattached takes the pressure off of you, which naturally makes you look better. If you don’t get the job, you will still experience disappointment, but to a lesser degree. So it’s not about ignoring the emotion. By all means, feel the emotion; just don’t be attached to it.