Passion versus Practicality: These Young Pros Make the Decision
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 04, 2019 4:04pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
After college, we probably told ourselves, “I will make a difference in this world through my skills.” And so we search for a job that will satisfy this idea. In an ideal setting, we will all find the perfect career—one that fulfills our passion AND pays the rent and bills.
But not everyone gets as lucky as others. Sometimes, one would have to sacrifice one to have the other. If you had to pick one, will it be passion or practicality? These young professionals decide.
“Chasing your passion than chasing stability only sounds romantic. What they don’t tell you is that both feel the same. There will be moments of joy and times of weariness. Both will have a lot of mediocrity and open-mindedness. But between the two, only passion can make your heart break, flutter, and feel everything all at once.”
- Kai, 26, Managing Editor
Sa kondisyon ko ngayon, a job that pays is more important. Kasi sa tignin ko naman, a job that can give you the right compensation will fulfill you, eh. Saka practically, lahat ng bagay ngayon, nagmamahalan.
- Hazel, 22, Broadcast Program Producer/Announcer
“The more fulfilling path, definitely. When you love what you are doing, the harder you’ll work and the harder you’ll fight for it. The good money will just come later.”
- Iya, 27, Makeup Artist
I’ve got the best of both worlds but for me, I’ll pick a job that fulfills. Iba ‘yung internal happiness. Lalo na 'pag nandoon ‘yung drive mo na nage-enjoy ka sa ginagawa mo.
- Rovi, 24, Medical Technologist
A job that pays because I can always fulfill my passions on my personal portfolio during weekends or such.
- Ahl, 21, Multimedia Specialist
Definitely a job that fulfills. If you have a passion and you’re smart about it and you’re diligent enough to explore opportunities, you’ll find one that you’re happy with and pays well at the same time.
- Ginyn, 27, Digital Marketing Specialist
I’ll pick my passion. No matter how challenging things can be, as long as you enjoy what you are doing, everything will fall into place.
- Mark, 32, Teacher
Some would prefer to take a job which pays more and passion can follow. But for others, passion doesn’t have a monetary value. We all have different perspectives—some may prefer to pay the bills now and chase the passion later. But for some, doing what they love is the top priority.
That said, will you pick a job that fills your pocket or fulfills your satisfaction? Share your thoughts with us.
Interviews have been edited for clarity and brevity.