Having been on my own rollercoaster of career uppers and downers, I know exactly how it feels to be in the wrong job. I hated many of the jobs I did in my teens and into my 20s. Even my work experience, which formed part of my College NVQ, was a complete nightmare as I had the thrilling obligation of working with not only a miserable team, but doing the mind numbingly boring tasks that no-one else wanted to do! As a result, when I left college, I decided I couldn’t bear the thought of doing office work again, and went off to work in a factory for a few years, I learnt to do soldering!
It is extremely common that people have many different jobs throughout their life. Gone are the days where we would stay in the same job for the majority of our career history. On average job lifetimes last between 2 – 3 years. The human brain needs to be continuously learning and growing, rather than being subjected to repetitive and mundane responsibilities. If this is happening, you will naturally want to seek out new opportunities to gain stimulation, and with this in mind it is absolutely possible to do what you love and get paid for it! There are so many people in the world already doing this, so what is stopping you?
If you are being held back by your fears or your limiting beliefs you need to work on changing them or you will continue doing the same old thing, and feeling the same relentless way. The comfort zone is a familiar place but there is no room for growth if you stay stuck inside!
Values are very important in recognising what drives you and can be described as those to which you have an emotional investment. Values are what you stand by and believe in, and drive your life along with your beliefs. They are extremely relevant when it comes to being happy in your career and if your values do not match those of the Company you work for, there can be a conflict in your emotions.
To understand your core values you can do a simple exercise; Write a list or mind map out all the different values that are important to you, write them in no particular order first as it can be confusing to start with.
To help you along, here are some examples of common Values:
Once you have written your values down, go through and number them in order of priority, don’t let it become complicated, just go with your intuition and don’t feel guilty if, for example Family comes number 5 on the list. Family is still important to you but there are other things that drive you in work and that is perfectly fine! It’s important to do this exercise with honesty. Once you have got your list, have a look and notice the order of your values.
With your Career in mind, write down what is important to have in your job or career now or in the future.
Here are some questions to help you along:
What do you really enjoy doing and would happily do even if you didn’t get paid for it?
What do you enjoy doing and do well?
What were your favourite subjects at school?
If you could be, do or have anything in the world what would it be, or where would you be?
I have included this and further exercises in my Ebook Regain Your Personal Power to Achieve Success which includes many other great exercises to get you moving towards personal fulfilment, and it’s also a great chance to experience your own personal life coaching session!
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”