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So your career just isn’t living up to its hype. Maybe it’s the workplace or maybe it’s you, but something has to change. This is common. I’ve gone through this problem quite a few times.
When I graduated from college I was raring to go. My first job was in the valve industry. I just couldn’t take the torture; creativity was in my blood and the job wasn’t satisfying my needs. I was a poet damn it!, not someone who could sell valves for a living.
I left the marketing field and went into teaching. I taught at a school for mentally challenged kids, who mostly were so angry at the world that they hurt themselves. For example one kid pulled out all his hair by just grabbing large tufts and ripping them out of his head. All because he wasn’t allowed to watch TV.
I was burned out after two years. Moved to Austin and did random jobs here and there, nothing to get excited about.
I landed a job in the banking industry. I’ve been here for the past four years. I know this isn’t my calling, but it does satisfy many of my needs, just not enough of them. I know I’m meant to help people with their work happiness, but the challenge has been how to make the leap from banking to work happiness consulting.
Creating Career Bridges
Soul searching occurred at each step, slowly guiding my way, but I had been stumped. My soul searching had showed me my strengths, but how was I supposed to create a career bridge to help companies understand the importance of creating a happy work environment?
I had been writing more and more about career advice because that’s where I had the most interest and expertise. I wanted to help people find a career that they love, whether it be designing new cars or improving the environment. The more I researched and wrote about career development the more I got excited. The solution was right before me: find a job that helps people find better jobs. It was an easy fit that I had overlooked.
I’m presently on a search for a job in the staffing industry. I’m not sure if it’s going to lead me where I want to go, but it’s a direction that will get me closer to my goal of helping people work happier. That’s all I could ask for. A job that will help me get closer to my ultimate career.
Watching your actions is the best way to understand if you are heading in the right direction. If every morning, before work, you feel as though you are walking through waist-high mud then something needs to change. Maybe your day-to-day career isn’t fulfilling your needs. Pay attention to what you’re getting excited about at work. (If you’re never excited then it’s time for a new job.) If, for example, you work in the home design industry and you always design the kitchen first because it excites you most, then maybe you need to go into that niche. By drawing your attention to these external magnets, you’ll create a clearer picture.
The only way you are going to raise your career vibrations is by doing things that you enjoy. You must allow yourself to gravitate towards this kind of work.
Another example is a friend of mine loves kids, but didn’t want to go back to school for teaching. She wanted to stay at home with her children, so she created a private day care instead. She watches three other kids plus two of her own. She makes enough money to pay half of the mortgage with her husband paying the other half. She’s a great teacher. She doesn’t just plop them in front of the TV, she teaches them skills that improve their emotional development.
You need to be aware of what direction you are heading in and that means letting go of the need to control every step of your career. If I would have continued with my career blinders I would have missed my magnets pulling me in the right direction. By letting go and allowing your subconscious to help you make career decisions, you’ll be opening yourself up to larger intelligence. You are using emotions as well as your common sense to help you steer your decisions. By opening yourself to this larger intelligence you stop grasping and instead you are pulled toward your ultimate career.
Do you notice these external magnets at your job? If so, do you ask for more work of this kind? If you can’t feel the pull of these magnets at your current job, are you looking for something better?