There are a tonne of people still searching for what they ‘want to be’ when it comes to their career. They feel unhappy and stuck in their job, and desperate to discover what they want to be ‘when they grow up’ – even though they are way past adolescence and have years of work experience under their belt! If you’ve found yourself on the illusive treasure hunt to find the perfect career you’re not alone…
Don’t be fooled by the misconception that people who are happy in their career knew what they wanted to be from an early age.
Yes, of course, there are some people who had a very clear sense of direction about what they wanted to be early on in their lives, but for the majority they more likely made a career choice whilst at school or university based on someone else’s opinion; because it sounded good at the time, or they didn’t know what else to do.
The reality is that most people don’t know what they want to be when they’re growing up.
It’s important to recognise that your career evolves, just as your life does. Your priorities change as you grow and mature, and as a result the perception you have of your career can change too. What used to make you feel motivated and inspired, might now leave you frustrated, bored and unsatisfied.
You may also experience a personal event that changes your outlook on life which then impacts the way you view your career and happiness.
The economic climate and key changes in the world can also significantly impact your career. So the occupation you chose years ago which you loved may not be a possibility anymore, leaving you needing to reassess what you were ‘meant to be’.
So what’s my point? Firstly, you don’t need to cling to the career you decided on when you were growing up. Thankfully we are not stagnant-being’s that are defined by a decision we made when we were in our teens! If you’re unhappy in your current career, you can change it.
Secondly, if you’re waiting to discover what you were ‘meant to be’ stop right now. Life isn’t a fairy tale and your career plan shouldn’t resemble one either. You aren’t going to skip along one day and suddenly discover the one thing you were meant to be. To create a career you love involves taking responsibility for your continual personal development so that you fully understand who you are and what motivates you on a daily basis. It also involves time and effort in learning how you can create a career that matches your values, skills, experience, appetite for risk, and priorities as you personally evolve.
Your career isn’t a one-time decision made when flares were fashionable, it’s a never-ending journey that can be highly rewarding if you are open to change and willing to apply yourself.
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