Careared.com is a project that has taken shape in my mind over the past several years —- years that I spent feeling trapped in a profession that I had worked towards my entire life. I was a lawyer for six years and the reality of that career was nothing like the ideal I was convinced would await me after I completed all the hard work and schooling necessary to enter the field. I felt trapped, and a little duped by the expectations I had developed in childhood and adolescence that were fueled by pressures exerted upon me as a student showing great “potential.” I learned the hard way that money and prestige are no measures of success or happiness in life.
As I navigated my way out of my career trap, hindsight illuminated many of the influences prominent in my life that had led me down the path I had taken. I realized most of those influences were not unique to my experience. Rather, they were common social pressures felt by many other young people in a similar position as me. If only I had been more aware of the pressures that mislead me and had approached my journey towards a career with the appropriate amount of skepticism, I thought, I would not have found myself in such a frustrating position. While it was too late for a complete “do-over” on my part, I was struck by the idea of writing about my experience, and more specifically about the complicated social influences that led me to being careared, in hopes that sharing my thoughts would either help others avoid becoming trapped like I did, or help similarly careared individuals cope with and resolve their situation. So, I quit my job and set out on my mission.
Careared will include both original articles from me and links to relevant new sources. From time to time, I will also post short blog entries dealing with logistical matters. I’m hoping Careared will also serve as a forum to discuss the topics it addresses. I encourage reader comments and welcome your emails providing input on the site generally as well as requests for future articles. I intend to update the site several times a week with new articles as well as linked list entries.
Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to sharing Careared with you!
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