Listen to Your Career Vibrations

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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.

Your Actions

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.

Your Direction

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?

Karl Staib writes about unlocking and kicking open the door to working happy at his own blog: Work Happy Now! If you enjoyed this article, you may like to subscribe to his feed.

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  • Robbie April 30, 2017, 5:34 am

    Heck yeah this is exlacty what I needed.

  • Sandra December 4, 2008, 11:27 am

    I'm late for work because, as usual, I am sitting in front of my computer learning, scheming and day dreaming. I am exactly like you! Worked in marketing. Left. Work as a teacher. Want to leave. I've always loved researching careers and reading about people who love their jobs. I think my next career as right under your nose as well as mine. I am an excellent teacher, I love to write, I love blogging, I love helping people in pragmatic ways – not touch feely, fluffy kinds of ways.

    I would love to hear more about your transition.


  • Deshawn Romero November 19, 2008, 12:50 am

    Learned this point from some business summaries I've been receiving from since the time I've subscribed to them:

    “Becoming a good decision maker will make you an asset to your organization. There is no guaranteed success formula in decision making. When you made a decision that failed what makes you an effective individual is your ability to assess the damage and review the situation to see how you could refine the decision again and put it into action.”

    Very nice and beneficial post! :-)

  • Karl Staib - Work Happy Now November 11, 2008, 2:43 pm

    Our careers are so much more than how much money we make. We must stay in tune with what we really need to make us happy. That's why I wrote this post. To get people to really think about what pulls them to do great work. Let's stop forcing ourselves to work hard and let ourselves be pulled to do an awesome job at whatever we choose.

    When we watch our emotions, which create our reactions, we can develop our careers to make our lives better.

    I always get a kick out of seeing my posts on other people's blogs. Thanks Glen!