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Your Two Cents: Did Your Career Come From Skill or Luck?

While every worker hopes to find a shinning pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, our career realities are rarely that whimsical. We put in our time, work toward a major, try to find a job that matches our desires and skill set and keep punching the clock and persisting until it works (or doesn't). I have friends who spent years in graduate school or have been building careers slowly and have developed that perfect package that landed them a dream job, while others stumbled on their current profession out of sheer luck. Which rainbow do you fall under?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I think for the vast majority of people, it's a combination of the two. You have to be good at what you do and work hard, but it's very rare that successful people don't get a break or two along the way. For me, it's definitely a combination. I was able to get my job through a friend, but I was able to keep it and get a promotion through hard work and skill.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Skill. I went to college to get a degree in what I loved and then got training in the microbiology field to be able to do what I do now. My job's pretty technical, so you can't really get lucky to get it.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
I lucked into taking a class in accounting as an elective for a minor, and after liking it, I have spent the years since working my way up (and yes, this did include a lot of school!) :-)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
As for me, I think it's about skill, and having faith in myself. Everything else fell into place.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Luck! I started working as an EMT because I was curious about EMS. I realized that it wasn't a bad job at all. Then I got pregnant, and too fat to tie my boots (true story; my partner laced me up those last few days on the ambulance!). Fortunately for me, there was a dispatching position open. Even more fortunately (for me and everyone else), I got the hang of it and got good at it. Eventually, I realized that dispatching is what I want to do with my life.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
that's a random picture for this topic my career came from a LOT of skill and hard work...i did my Master's program in the exact field i work in and it was hard as hell for two years and i applied like a crazy person to get into the Government, even after i had my degree completed in the past, like as a highschool student and while in university, i got summer jobs and parttime jobs based on sheer luck, but then as soon as i graduated, it was like the universe wanted me to really earn it! but i'm in now, and i feel satisfied that i did it all on my own!
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