Passion is necessary, but not sufficient, for career success.
Knowing what we what to be when we grow up, i.e., answering “Who am I?” in terms of our career, is a difficult question to answer at any age. The process of developing a mature career identity can be a long one, given we must explore a variety of different options and then make a commitment to a career that is a good fit – a ‘search and decide’ undertaking that can transpire over the course of many years.
If this weren’t stressful enough, the ability to gain, and retain, employment is becoming more difficult in our global economy in which many former jobs have become automated, creating fewer but more cognitively demanding positions, while employers cope with chronic pressure to slash costs. As a result, competition for those jobs that are actually available can be fierce.
And unfortunately, even if we have done the difficult work of developing our career identity, pursued an education, and earned the necessary qualifications, so that we have the knowledge and abilities that the 21st Century job requires, we still may not have what employers want.
A recent review of the research literature on if job candidates are employable, i.e., perceived as having the potential to contribute to an organization, indicates that employability is determined by the three factors of RAW, i.e., rewarding, able, and willing: