One of the great tragedies of adulthood can be the letdown of expectations – especially in our careers.
When we’re kids, we imagine being dancers and firefighters and magicians and doctors. We give hardly a thought to the reality of those jobs, but instead focus on the output: we get to perform, to fight fires, to create magic, to save lives.
The funny thing is, we don’t necessarily start to see the reality of the jobs as we get older. Instead, we focus on the dream and give all of our time and effort into making it happen (and, through education, we also give much of our money).
Here are the things we don’t see until we actually do the jobs: the physical pain or short career span of a dancer, how much hurrying up and waiting a firefighter does (and the toll the life threatening nature of the job has on their family), the difficulty in making it financially as a magician, the small amount of time a doctor gets with their patients (and the amount of their earnings that will go to things like malpractice insurance).
None of these things have to make or break our careers, but they’re important to know when making a major life decision. At the very least, we should go into our chosen careers knowing the good and bad, knowing whether we want to spend our day-to-day lives doing what those jobs entail, and being able to prepare for the more challenging aspects of the job (both emotionally and practically).
With all that said, if you’re thinking of starting or switching into a career of financial advising, then there’s a lot you should know before you begin. That way you can determine if every aspect of the job is what you expected – and if financial advising is the right career for you.