Career

Why loving your job makes you more successful

Loving what you do is one of the biggest indicators of success, whether that be by the worlds standards of money and power or by the spiritual standards of fulfillment and joy (or, if you’re very lucky, by both!). Heck, that’s the very reason this series is called what it is.

 

When we are passionate about what we do and find it deeply rewarding we can’t help but work hard, reaping the rewards.

 

When we talk about loving what we do however it needn’t mean we are changing the world in big ways, are famous or inventing revolutionary technologies. For any job you can think of, there is someone in this world who loves doing it.

 

A HGV (or heavy goods vehicle driver) might love the feeling of being on the road and the solitude it provides. A cleaner might take great pride in making sure everything is pristine and love how she gets to go home at night without any work emails.

 

I guess my point is that the world sometimes has a slightly restrictive view on what a worthwhile job is, but in the end only you will know if it feeds your soul or supports your lifestyle.

 

Whatever you choose to do, I would encourage you to do something you find rewarding and, even better, something you love.

 

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

 

x X x Jenny x X x

Career Planning: When to make your next move

This is always difficult as everyone is different. Usually, once I feel I have learnt everything about my current role, I tend to get bored. Very bored. It’s a strange feeling though because I simultaneously love the fact that I know the job so well. I love how automatic it becomes.

 

This conflicting feeling can often be confusing but I tend to take it as a sign that I need to study, seek a promotion or a new job with greater responsibility. But (just as a treat to myself) I wait six months or so, enjoying the comforting feeling I get when I know a job so well, hahaha.

 

If you are feeling restless why not look at your options in terms of rising up the ladder? Or, if you have no desire to progress further, enjoy!

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Career planning; To begin with salary or not – that is the question

When it comes to career planning there are two distinct methods, each with their own advantages.

 

You can begin by looking at your expenses (handy if you have a family or dependents to support) and then look at how much you would need to earn as a minimum, researching roles that you love nonetheless but that must meet your financial criteria or you could base your career pursuits on your passions, molding your career by what you love to do most, regardless of finances.

 

Naturally the golden ticket is to mold your career to your passions and then earn tonnes however that is not always possible.

 

When researching your career options it is also a really good idea to draw up a realistic picture by researching what the lowest and highest salaries are and what the average salary works out to in practice too. Another thing to consider is whether you would have a regular income as well (you might work for yourself for instance).

 

The main advantages to working your career planning around your finances is that you will be able to maintain your financial commitments and retain a certain level of security whereas with following your passions may not compensate you as much as you would like or need. Having said this that needn’t mean that you resign yourself to jobs you don’t enjoy – after all this series is all about loving what you do! It simply means that the options open to you are suitable for you financially and by no means rules out finding something that you find rewarding.

 

Naturally following your passions is incredibly exciting and fulfilling. This is the more risky path, especially if your passionate about being creative as such industries are incredibly competitive, however, if you are committed to finding a true vocation in life this may might be the best option.

 

However I would add that a third option is available to you. You can find a career path with your finances in mind, finding something rewarding and then pursue your passion or purpose outside of your nine to five until it is financially viable to do it full time. This is what I do and I have to say that although it takes up a huge amount of my time I do feel very fortunate to be able to both satisfy my financial needs in a rewarding job whilst also pursuing my creative passion.

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Is fear dictating you to stay in your current role?

This is a tricky one. I am currently looking for my next career move however the idea of remaining in my role remains a very appealing one for several reasons.

 

I am familiar with the role and can perform well easily. The salary is acceptable and if I stay in the role it will only be for another year.

 

Do I move to another role now, perhaps making my resume look jumpy and placing myself on another steep learning curve, or stay put, remaining in a role which I no longer find challenging?

 

In practice I had to separate my fears of the unknown to make an informed decision, as fear muffles even the most strategic and logical of minds! So I decided to look for other opportunities, having resolved to not move unless a role comes up which offers the compensation package and level of responsibility that would advance my career.

 

Your fears may be different, but one thing I do know, fear in any form should not impact career decisions – a safe life is often one left unlived.

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Do you want a career or a job (and what the difference is)

In my working life I have had both jobs and careers. Whilst a job pays the bills it is typically low stress, relatively unchallenging and seldom involves taking work home. Financially the rewards are often modest too.

 

Career based roles tend to entail greater responsibility, involve skills requiring professional or academic training and are typically better paid. Having said that, not always but often, these roles involve taking work home.

 

Jobs are neither better nor worse than career based roles, simply different, and both jobs and career based roles have their pros and cons.

 

Whilst jobs tend to encourage a greater work / life balance, provided you can avoid doing shift work, careers compensate more, though they often come with greater stress.

 

Of course I am not suggesting that all career based roles offer a poor work / life balance – some are extremely rewarding (I’ve always imagined being a therapist would be such an example) and allow you to be your own boss, working from home. Of course nothing is ever perfect, and being your own boss is a responsibility in and of itself.

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If I had to generalize my experience, job based roles offer a more care free working environment (with a few exceptions) and almost always you can leave your work behind you as soon as you leave the office, or bar, or depot. Indeed, for some, shift work is even desirable if it entails late starts or more than two days off a week.

 

NB: The one exception to this would be if you were to work 100% on commission, which can be extremely stressful when paying bills.

 

Ultimately only you can decide which option to pursue, whether it be job based roles or career based roles, as both have clear and distinct advantages.

 

Wishing you all the happiness you deserve,

x X x Jenny x X x

This month’s hot topic is… ‘How to love what you do and get the most out of your career’

I’m very excited to share this month’s hot topic with you on career planning. There are more people unhappy in their working lives than ever and I personally believe it is an epidemic! I’m drawing on many of the techniques featured in this series at the moment as I search for my next career move.

 

In this month’s hot topic each Monday in the series posts we will examine:

 

The psychological effect of hating work and its impact on our health
The psychological effect of loving work and its impact on our health
Current Job; Likes and Dislikes
Evaluating whether or not to stay put
Listing your weaknesses, strengths and skills
Deciding on your ideal job
Creating your ideal job description, pay and industry / environment
Being strategic
Deciphering between the job and the people
Considering further professional training
What to do if you decide to stay
Finding the silver lining

 

As ever please stay tuned for the Career In Action posts, typically every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (though this meaty hot topic will be jam packed with these throughout the week). The ‘In Action’ posts will feature practical exercises designed to take you through the career / job planning stages – enabling you to implement the topics covered in the series posts so they impact your professional life for the better.

 

Finally, if you are perfectly happy in your career please spread the word to those that aren’t about this series. I’m very excited about the insights and techniques I have to share with you this month and want more than anything to reach and help people unhappy in their career.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

x X x Jenny x X x