My Friend is asking me question about deciding his career path. Reason being, he doesn’t have faith in the corporate world due to his inability to navigate office politics and being a “tall poppy”. He has tremendous energy and wit to start his business but afraid to fail during recession. What do you think would be good for him? How would you advise him?
Answering the part directly about office politics etc- Unfortunately this is something he will need to navigate no matter where he goes to. If he wants to be a business owner, there is a lot of partnerships and connections he will need to work on. Though not politics per sey, but nonetheless he will need to work on some form of networking.
If we are talking purely about career aspirations, then firstly, you have to know what you are interested in, and what you are good at. If both of these point you in the same direction, then congrats! you have found the ideal industry or occupation to be in!
However, if you have to choose one, I recommend you choose what you are good at, as long as you don't hate it.
Hobbies and passion can remain as such, if you have the finances to support it.
Secondly, try everything! After graduating from university, I had spent most of my time in the education sector. I really do enjoy it, however, I grew jaded for a season, and wanted to try something new! Thus I took on an internship just to gain more insights and experience into what I really wanted to do, and explore the areas that I have not explored before.
Not only did it open my eyes, I also met really great people and formed really great friendships!
There is no "one path" for everyone. Life is always changing, and it does not mean that we have to stick with one path for the rest of our lives. Priorities can change, jobs can change, people change.
Lastly, every business has it's ups and downs. if he has really done his homework, researched, and really believes in his business, then he should go along with it. There is always the possibility of failure in a business- but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't try. At least you are aware that it can fail, and are not delusional that whatever you do will definitely work.