Quick note, I wrote this post back in 2018 and never published it. I figured better late than never! Hopefully it can help someone out!
2018 was an interesting year for me. I wrote a full post about it, reflecting on the year’s highs and lows; you can read about it here. One of the most influential parts of my 2018 was my job and career. As I was beginning to try to figure out what I wanted out of my career, I realized a couple of things.
First, the generation I am in (a.k.a. the sweet Millennials) have put ourselves in an interesting predicament when it comes to careers. We want to follow our hopes and passions and dreams, but we also want to be able to live these luxurious lives that present the picture of perfection. Because of this, comparison becomes a huge factor in our lives. I am no exception to this.
When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, this battle of perspective kept coming to the surface. Do I want to find a job that I love and am passionate about? Or do I want to find a job that allows me to live a very comfortable life? Yes, in a perfect world there was an opportunity to have both. In reality, that was harder said than done. So I had to make a decision. What path did I want to pursue?
The area that made the biggest difference was taking control of my career. Just making a decision and going with it. When I was trying to figure out how I was going to move to Seattle, I also took time to figure out what I wanted to do long term professionally. After going back and forth and taking many factors into consideration, I felt I had figured out a long term goal for what I wanted to do professionally… which was to design training and education materials for organizations. Ultimately, my passion won out and I was okay with that decision.
There was a lot that went into me figuring out what I wanted to do long term. I started by looking at the jobs I had done previously and the job I was doing currently. I made a list of all of the things that I liked and all of the things that I wasn’t as fond of. Based on this list, figured out creating educational content was consistently something I enjoyed and valued. I liked being creative and finding strategic solutions to educational gaps and problems. I wasn’t as fond of doing repetitive work that did not allow me to think creatively.
I started applying to very specific roles that did this or had a direct path to doing what my goal is. I held out and was able to find a role that allowed me to work in my goal job. There were a lot of searching, applying, follow-up, interviews and more follow-up but I did it. After I started my new role, much of my perspective and outlook changed. I felt happier. I gained some of my confidence back. I had less desire to find distractions from the job I was doing.
If there are a few things I can leave you with, they are:
- Find your passion and follow it fiercely.
- Put serious consideration into what you want out of your future. Take some time to figure what is important to you and what you don’t like. Allow those things to inform your decisions.
- Be picky. It is okay to only apply to certain jobs or turn down a role because it is not perfect.
I hope this can help those of you out there that are on the job hunt. It can be a long and disheartening process, but can ultimately be so worth it. Until next time friends… CBL