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CAREER / 14 December 2016
5 (Amazing) TED Talks to Help You Find the Right Career
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Hannah Son
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Redondo Beach

Here are inspiring TED talks that address how to find the right career:   

Meg Jeg | Why 30 is not the new 20

This not your typical speech about how you need to take more responsibility in your life! According to Meg Jay, contrary to popular belief, your 20’s is not a throwaway decade. In this TED talk, Jay says that just because things like marriage, work and kids are happening later in life these days, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives crucial advice for how twenty-somethings should re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives. This talk is not about being boring and settling down; fun is still crucial! When you’re having fun, most likely you’re also networking in some informal way. Just make sure to be strategic about your life choices during these years, given that your career trajectory can be dramatically improved. Her bottom line is that we need to live more and get further ahead by not sacrificing our youth and fun but rather by being smart and strategic while we’re younger.   

Ruth Chang | How to make hard choices

 In this talk, Ruth Chang brilliantly eases you into how to make difficult decisions. Have you ever had a hard time making a difficult decision? I know I have! Ruth’s talk explains the conundrums we usually face throughout life. Which career should I pursue? Where should I live? Ketchup or Mustard? Big decisions (all relative!) like these can be agonizingly difficult but, according to Chang, that’s because we think about them the wrong way. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are and explains that the secret to making hard choices comes from the reasons we create ourselves. Big life decisions seem extremely complicated, but it all comes down to what’s right for you.   

Emilie Wapnick | Why some of us don’t have one true calling

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re “grown up” and still not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone (I’m still holding onto the dream of being a professional garage seller!). In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes multipotentialites as people who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. After watching this talk, I asked my self “am I one also?” Wapnick says to embrace your many passions, follow your curiosity and explore your intersections. Embracing our multipotentialites leads to a happier, more authentic life.   

Scott Dinsmore | How to find work you love

Work can be overwhelming and stressful, but it can be even harder to make an effort and put in 100% if you do not truly love what you are doing. Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.  

David Brooks | Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?

Within each of us are two selves. In this short talk, David Brooks discusses the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community and love. In this talk, Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

“You go into yourself, you find the sin which you’ve committed over and again through your life, your signature sin out of which the others emerge, and you fight that sin and you wrestle with that sin, and out of that wrestling, that suffering, then a depth of character is constructed.”

Brooks is saying that we need to strike a healthy balance between our work and personal lives.  

I hope these TED talks inspire you as much as they inspired me, if not, here are 9 questions you should ask yourself that will help you find your dream job. The main takeaway from these talks is that the "right career" is something that is subjective and always changing as we change. If you want o explore more career options or just want to learn a new life skill, check out ProSky here.