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.