I remember fresh after service year, my friends and I were excited looking out for job opportunities. We just couldn’t wait to dress corporately and begin to earn some big money……….. so that we could go shopping. That was all we imagined. We had no career plan or professional path. Any job that could do this for us was good enough! In a couple of weeks, one of us got a marketing job and the pay was good. She could now dress corporately and of course she got a cute red car in addition. Boy, were we jealous! Sometime after she started work, I asked her if she was enjoying her job, and she said to me, “I don’t enjoy the job, but the money is good and the car is cute“. She added that all she wanted was to save up some money and move into the next job.
Unfortunately, by the time she wanted to move, all the offers she got were for marketing positions because that was all the work experience she had acquired.
She ended up changing jobs about 8 times within 10 years until she finally gave up to focus on learning professional makeup. I wish she had realized this 10 years ago, she probably would be competing with the top makeup artists in the country by now. Thank God it’s never too late!
Statistics say “Over 70% of people do not enjoy their jobs”, some endure and live unhappy lives, but the only way you can avoid becoming part of the 70% is to do something you love. However before doing something you love, you must know what you like and dislike.
Here are a few questions you need to periodically ask yourself. Taking action on the honest responses can determine your positional happiness in the next 5 years, 10 years or even in the next 50 years.
Before you take a job, ask yourself,
- “Does this job inspire me?”
- “What am I passionate about?”
- “Does this job align with me?” Consider your values and your personality.
- “What are my strengths?” It’s no secret that we excel at things we are good at.
- “Does this job environment support me?” Some jobs involve travelling while some don’t. Do you enjoy travelling? Some environments are purely entrepreneurial, some embrace diversity, some are extremely conservative etc. You need to determine which environment is right for you and you for it.
- “Can I do it for free and be happy doing it?”
It’s simply not worth it doing something you do not enjoy or you are not passionate about. Avoid ‘doing it’ because of the money. No matter how much money you are offered it simply will not end well. Before you accept a job, make sure that your passions, knowledge and experiences are aligned with the organization’s purpose and ambitions.
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it” – Katharine Whitehorn