Which Career Skills Can Feed Back Into Life Capabilities?

There are seemingly infinite variables to consider when selecting a career path. Sometimes, the major variable that matters to you is “I no longer wish to continue on this current trajectory, and desire a change.” Of course, this is as valid as any other reason.

However, it's also worthwhile to consider the practical realities of selecting a career. For example, if you work in a museum, then you'll be supporting the preservation of history and culture, and as such you're probably going to learn a great deal, and need to learn a great deal, to continue your role.

This is both a demand and a bonus to the job, and all careers have them. Selecting a career based on how well it might influence your day-to-day life and round you off as a person can be a smart means of planning the future – a good example being that of a chef who can always put on a beautiful spread for his or her family. 

In this post, we'll discuss how some careers can provide you with exponentially relevant skills to make use of, and the importance of considering that path forward:

Research Analysts
Those working in the research analyst career path are responsible for collecting and collating vast quantities of data, looking through it, and presenting conclusions. It's a details-oriented role that requires someone with intellectual discipline, but most of all curiosity. This position can be of use in research and development departments, marketing analyst roles, and even serve personal enterprise efforts. 

Being able to get to the heart of the data you need, researching with a proactive and trained eye, and most of all, being able to identify inconsistencies and misinformation are valuable skills, especially in the internet age where falsehood spreads like wildfire. It's hard not to see how this would fail to improve every other personal or professional project you hoped to work on.

Teachers of any level are tasked with taking complex topics and breaking them down so newcomers can learn them. This is applicable no matter where you teach, as even professors in Harvard need to disseminate information in the most digestible manner, relating to the level of education their students have already built a foundation with.

You can see that this level of simplification (without overriding pertinent details) can be tremendously advantageous from an intellectual standpoint. It can help with presentations, public speaking, writing, and resolving misunderstandings. On a personal level, these strengths can help you approach skills development, even as a novice, with a healthy framework, allowing you to move in almost any new direction possible.

Event Planning
If you can bring together disparate services into one essential package, collaborate with a range of different services while providing gold-standard communication, and know how to manage and direct people, then event planning can be a great career to get started with.

In your personal life, roles like this can make interpersonal event planning a breeze. You may have real interest in planning a friend's wedding, assisting a friend in launching their start-up product, or even build networked contacts with the media to help you with publicity regarding projects that matter to you. Being in a position to put together intensive events with a focus on managing people, services, security, and compliance is no mean feat, and as such can sustain a worthwhile professional for some time.

Of course, legal education, no matter how far you go with it, can be an essential skill to delve into. After all, being able to understand your rights, how far they go, how you can avoid incriminating yourself (even completely innocent people can be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or in proximity to other crimes), is very worthwhile.

We often see microcosms of this skillset and how it can function in daily life via road traffic stops, where lawyers are able to identify unlawful requests made by the police officer in question. With a wider perspective, we can see that having a deeper knowledge of the law that permeates all of our lives and runs society will always be beneficial. Moreover, law is not solely a path toward a career as an attorney. You could work in human rights organizations, for companies determining their response to compliance, or even working in other specialisms, such as a financial crimes unit and law enforcement.

With this advice, you're sure to see how selecting a career path that feeds back into your day-to-day can be healthy and contributive. Over time, this is sure to make a big difference to your well-being.

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