career transition

A doer or a dreamer?

I have always seen myself as a doer. I get things done (sometimes even when I don’t really want to do them). Isn’t that a doer?

I also seen myself as a dreamer. I dream to make changes in my life, many of which I have fulfilled. I have also always viewed myself as being practical. I do things that I need to do, like go to work to pay my bills and look after my son, clean (although I don’t like it) and other mundane tasks.

This morning I was listening to my favourite radio show TK in the AM. Due to the time difference between Sydney and New York, I listen to the podcasts about eight hours later. In today’s episode, their guest Shavon Meyers discussed her current projects (short films, photography), how she’s further developing her skills by doing courses (not necessarily degrees) and how while she has a paid job. She’s doing this with the long term plan of having her own company, doing and being paid for what she loves (her element as Sir Ken Robinson calls it).

The discussion turned to being a doer or being a dreamer. A dreamer dreams about what they want to change, but a doer keeps dreaming and takes the steps to make their dreams a reality.

And then the cold reality check sinked in. At the moment, I am just a dreamer. I’m not taking the steps to make my dreams my reality. Having my dreams, but not trying to execute them are going to keep them in my mind and not in my reality.

As mentioned in my previous post At a halt I have invested in a career coach and have transitioned out of the university administration into communications, which really made a difference in my life and happiness. But now I’m at that place of feeling unsatisfied again.

While I enjoy the communications work, I really love talking to people (which in my current role doesn’t happen enough). I LOVE interviewing people. I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell. I think this is why I love documentaries (and particularly ones on people).

Through my original career coaching sessions, I said that in my five year plan that I want to be a communications consultant in Spain (I still don’t fully understand why I chose Spain) and freelancing as a documentary researcher. Now that I have gotten a taste for communications, I think I need to shift the focus slightly. I want to interview people regularly, whether it’s for the camera, on the radio, for print or in preparation for a larger project.

My affirmation — another reason I love TK in the AM, the theme for their Friday show is Affirmation Fridays — I will take the necessary steps to become the doer fulfilling my dreams. I will interview people regularly and love the amazing stories I hear. I will also move back to London in 2015 (that’s a post for another time).

Listen to the episode I needed to hear!


At a halt

Five years ago I decided it was time for a job change. I never imagined that I’d still be at the same job and organisation — nearly going on six years — an all time record for me!

In this time frame I have gone for many job interviews which have proved to be unsuccessful and quite crushing to the soul. Although I’m resilient, the continuous rejection does affect my confidence, especially at the following interviews. I decided that it’s time to seek assistance to change the status quo.

On LinkedIn I’m in the Executive Women Australian group. Career coach Fiona Craig posed the question “What was your dream career as a kid?” I responded that I wanted to be a dress maker like my grandmother, but that I work in a quite non-creative job. She recommended The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson. I borrowed the book from the library and couldn’t put it down. Sir Robinson gave examples of people who on discovering their passion have been successful in their careers, he listed examples from Jay-Z, Debbie Allen, Paul McCartney to Matt Groening. He discusses the many flaws of the various education systems of the world (he is an expert in the field), and how  some people only discover their potentials and passions once they leave school.

On completing the book I sent Fiona a thank you message. The book resonated with me — both as a mother and as a person in a job that I’m not passionate about. I went to visit her website soon after I sent the message, by fate, I discovered she was running a webinar that night titled Love Your Work. Listening to the webinar, I was nodding my head at the unhappy career scenarios that she covered. One question she asked was “What is your why?” I go on with life day-to-day without really asking this question of myself.

I’ve signed up to Fiona’s career coaching. I’m excited and hopeful that her training will assist me getting over the threshold to getting a new job and moving a step closer to the career and life I want.