Choosing a Career in Modern Society

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Is it hardly the case that anybody is free to choose his job and develop his career according to his inborn talents or natural interest, as the speaker contends? While some of us may be fortunate enough to find a job that is totally consistent with his interests, I agree with the speaker's broad assertion that most people, when planning their career, take into the account such pragmatic needs as the salary and the difficulties and complexity of the job they are looking for. In fact, when it comes to choosing our job, it is determined not just by personal talents or interests, but also by other subjective factors posed by ourselves and objective factors of society and the economy.

Admittedly, it is understandable that anyone would desire to be able to develop his career such that it is perfectly in accord with his natural interests or talents, because such a career may be easier to lead to job satisfaction. Consider, for example, that if the job is what we really want to do, then we are willing to devote much more time and energy to it, because the job is no longer reduced to purely a series of dull and mechanical tasks, but amount to fun that we enjoy. It is also relatively easier for one to obtain career achievements under this circumstance, since his interests and the job satisfaction he gain act as catalyst that continuously push him forward.

However, most of us do not choose our jobs purely based on our interests. Subjectively, most of us would have some mundane considerations and wish to have a dream job that offers satisfactory salary and is usually of relatively less workload. Therefore, it is common that such jobs that suit the applicants' interests but provide relatively low wages may not be very popular for most people.

On the other hand, we cannot ignore the objective factors such as the needs of economy and society that also play a part in affecting our choosing a career. In an age of ever-increasingly globalized society, the development of...
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