Finding Your Perfect Work
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by Linda Matias of www.careerstrides.com
There was something about the
way “Super Fly” Jimmy Snuka jumped from the third rope of the wresting
ring onto his opponent that made me want to be a professional wrestler.
I couldn’t wait to become a star of the wrestling ring.
But when I shared my dream with
adults, I was told that girls weren’t born to be wrestlers. That was a
boy’s job. I remember becoming upset and saying, “But I’m a tomboy.
Can’t tomboys be wrestlers?” and the universal answer was no, not even
tomboys can be wrestlers.
Any lingering dreams I had of
being a professional wrestler quickly disappeared the day my cousin put
me in a figure-four leg lock, a very painful wrestling move. However,
the experience of being told I couldn’t fulfill my career goals due to
my gender has remained with me till this day.
As a professional who deals with
career issues every day, I have come to realize that my story isn’t
unusual. Though the reasons vary, countless other people’s childhood
dreams have been squashed by well-meaning adults. I am one of the lucky
ones who found my way to a gratifying career; others are still searching
for their perfect work.
If you are one of those people
who want to change careers but find the thought overwhelming, you are
not alone. That feeling is understandable, since most likely you spent
many years on acquiring an education and/or honing your craft to just
give it up midstream—even if you are unhappy.
Like most life changes, a career
shift requires introspection—an examination into where you have been and
where you want to be. If you find that you are dissatisfied with your
work, asking yourself the following questions can helpful in your
journey to a satisfying career.
What is my current job description? What is
my ideal job description? What are the differences between the two? What
are the similarities?
This exercise is a good starting
point because it will force you to scrutinize your current job
responsibilities and how they relate to your overall career goal.
What do I like best about what I do? What
do I like least? Of what I like to do best, are those skills
transferable into other fields?
The trickiest part of changing
careers is to decipher how your experience relates to another industry
or field. Sometimes the answer is clear. Other times, it may take more
work to determine how your job-related and marketable skills will appeal
to a new area of practice.
In which job(s) was I the most content? The
least content? Why?
After this task you will be able
to identify what motivates you and what burns you out in a job.
Motivating factors are skills that you may or may not be proficient in,
but that you do enjoy performing. Burnout factors are skills you may or
may not be proficient in, but don’t enjoy performing.
What aspects of my personality can hinder
(or have hindered) my career growth?
This is an important question to
ask, since your personality and the way you communicate with others can
determine how successful you are or will become.
Am I willing to trade in my “Mercedes” for
Most of the time, changing
careers means you must take a pay cut. And when you take a pay cut, your
lifestyle changes. Take the time to review your financials. Determine
whether you are willing to live without the two vacations a year or
going out to dinner every Saturday night.
You may find that a complete
transformation may take a while. You may need additional training or
education, or you may need to take an entry-level job to position
yourself for success in the path of your new career. A career change
takes resilience, confidence, and most importantly, patience.
Certified in all three areas of the job search—Certified Interview
Coach ™ (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally
Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)—Linda Matias is qualified to assist you
in your career transition, whether it be a complete career makeover,
interview preparation, or resume assistance. She is also the author of
"How to Say It: Job Interviews" (Prentice Hall, August 2007). You can
contact Linda Matias at linda @ careerstrides.com or visit her Website
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