3 Reasons The Hottest Careers in 2017 May Not Be For You

According to Career Builder, three of the hottest careers in 2017 are Information Technology, Healthcare and Sales.

Some people will see these findings and immediately feel the urge to update their resumes and position themselves as experts in those areas. 

Others who may not have the qualification will find a way to become qualified so that they can go after these hottest careers.

There are still others who may remain in these careers because of the prediction of "career security" and the possibility of making a very generous income because of the supply / demand equation.

How do you know whether or not you should join the pack and go after one of these careers? How do you decide if you should make this a goal of yours and put caution to the wind and "sign up?"

These are questions that you may have to wrestle with or get some coaching / counseling on. However, here are three reasons I posit that would suggest that these hottest career predictions may not have your name as an invitee.

Reason #1: You don't have the passion for any of them

How many people do you know who are working in jobs / careers that they have no passion for. They entered the career for the wrong reason or for what they thought at first as the right reasons only to discover it wasn't.

I know of a few people like that. I'm sure you do too.

According to a Gallup poll, 87% of workers or either disengaged or highly disengaged from their work.

Imagine, almost 9 out of 10 people who are in the workforce do not like what they are doing. Some are there to past time, waiting for retirement. Others are there because they don't know what else to do. Still others are there simply because the job "pays the bills."

All of these people would fit within the category of "NO PASSION."

My point is that passion is essential for what you do. It is not the "be all end all" but it is important.

If you don't have the passion for any of these careers mentioned, they are not for you.

Reason #2: You don't have the skills / talents for any of them

Maybe you have the passion for the careers mentioned but do you have the required skills?

As I mentioned above, passion alone will not do it. It takes having passion plus skills.

I have the passion for Information Technology and I do have some skills, but not what it would take for me to compete in the marketplace. There are far too many people who are more skilled than I am especially the millennial crowd.

I also have the passion for certain aspects of healthcare, but you don't want to trust me to be in charge of your health especially if you desire long life.

You might say I'll learn the skills. Yes, you could, but again, do you have the mindset that is required for the craft? Do you get squeamish about body parts and fluids? 

It's not just about learning; it's also the other aspects of the industry that you might not have considered.

As an Entrepreneur who is required to market his business, I realize that, like it or not, passion or not, I have to be able to sell. For me, reframing selling has helped me tremendously.

However, if I was to make a living selling for someone else, I don't think I would even learn to become better at selling. I have no passion for selling in and of itself.

Therefore, if you don't have the skills or talents for the careers mentioned, they are not for you.

Reason #3: You don't have the discipline for any of them

Here is a word that a lot of people shy away from - discipline. I can understand why some  would do so. I'm one of those who whenever I hear the word discipline, I hear punishment. And indeed it does connotes such.

If you've grown up with a disciplinarian parent or authorities (non parent), your brain like mine, immediately goes into flight mode. We don't want to get too close to anything that reminds us of our negative past.

However, all three of the mentioned hottest careers of 2017, require that you be a disciplined person.

You've had to be disciplined enough to acquire the necessary training and preparation to be crowned with the rights to practice within that industry. You will also need to be disciplined to stay current on the necessary changes that takes place within those industries to remain competitive or relevant.

Again, as someone who is a content creator and competing with others within my space, I have to practice this discipline. 

To write this article require me to set aside time just to write. Is writing something I'm passionate about? No. I'm more passionate about speaking, which is why I produce a weekly podcast - Smooth Career Change.

However, I have some writing skills and when I think of someone like you reading this article and finding value in it, I get inspired to write. 

Therefore, if you're not disciplined as outlined above, these careers are not for you.

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