Many dream of having a career they genuinely love, and invest considerable time and effort in working out what that is. But in the quest to cure Mondayitis it’s also important to be mindful of what your ideal job won’t give you – after all, it’s no fun working hard to reach a goal that ends up being a bitter disappointment. As someone who has chased and caught the illusive ‘ideal career’ I know first hand what having a job you thrive on can really mean, but it can also come as a shock to the system when you reach what you thought would be career-nirvana just to find out that the reality is quite different…
My job is all about helping people create career’s they love, so it goes without saying that I believe it’s possible to have a job you actually want to get out of bed for in the morning. But I’m also a realist and don’t for one minute expect everything to be perfect, which is why I think it’s imperative to be practical when you’re carving out your ideal career.
If you’ re on a quest to find your calling here are 5 misconceptions that many people have when they start hunting for their ‘perfect’ professional path: –
1. Monday mornings rock
False. If you think you’re going to jump out of bed with a spring in your step every single day you’re deeply mistaken. Just because you love what you do doesn’t mean that you won’t have a bad day or dread doing something that falls under your job description.
BUT when you do something you love the bad days are significantly less, and much easier to deal with when they do crop up. I can’t remember the last time I dreaded getting out of bed for work, and I certainly don’t spend my weekend’s anxious about Monday morning and that’s a really nice feeling after spending years experiencing the complete opposite on a daily basis! Your ideal career isn’t a guarantee you’ll love everyday, but it will lower the risk!
2. Work is easy
Just because you love what you do doesn’t automatically make the work easy or effortless, far from it in fact ! In my experience when you have a career you love that often means that you take on more difficult tasks because you know that going outside of your comfort zone pays off. Of course, when you really enjoy something that makes the challenge more palatable and the experience more rewarding – just don’t expect an easy ride!
3. The hours are shorter
They can be, and one of the things I love about my career is the flexibility I now have, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t put in the hard yards or work longer hours from time to time. The key here is not to build a career purely around the hours you want to work because there will be times when you need to invest more into a particular task. Instead, find something that you love, that meets your values on a regular basis, and then – when the hours need to be longer – you won’t mind doing them nearly as much!
4. Promotion’s a given
Just because you’re passionate about what you do doesn’t mean you’ll climb the ranks faster. Of course it helps, but if you don’t put in the hard-yards, up-skill, stretch yourself and go beyond what’s called for then you won’t get ahead as fast as you could. Progressing in a career you love still takes dedication and commitment, and as always, action speak louder than words!
5. You won’t get bored
Doing something you really enjoy definitely helps put boredom at bay, but that’s not to say that you will always love what you do, which is why it’s key to have a career plan at all times whether you like your job or not. My job has constantly evolved over the last 6 years, and as I love change, that’s meant I haven’t had a chance to get bored. But that change and evolution has been self-initiated, and I know that if I was doing what I started out doing 6 years ago I would be bored by now. So even when you do find the career of your dreams, don’t ever stop challenging and developing yourself – these actions alone will keep your professional life fresh and rewarding.
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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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