How many of you know “what you want to be when you grow up”? Even if you are grown up, have you accomplished your childhood dreams? Did they stayed the same till current day, or changed over time, or you were forced to change them so you can cope with reality?
If you are an employed in a company, do you still keep yourself updated on other open better positions?
If you are searching for a job, do you look for something stable that will pay out you debt, or you don’t mind the stability of the job, because you are seeking for the thrill.
Here is what happened to me:
I was lucky enough to get hired in a big corporation at very young age. I was still studying and had much bigger dreams for the future, because I really didn’t like anything about that place. The salary was amazing, and since I was still living with my parents, I saved up some money and I didn’t predict the danger of quitting a job. So I quit.
Searching for a job after that was hectic. I wasn’t even mad at the companies that they didn’t return any of my calls, because my motivational letter said literally NOTHING. Just a bunch of keywords found on the internet like “hard working”, “loyal”, “communicative” and so on.
Eventually, a small company invited me to start an internship in their firm, because they noticed my enthusiasm, and they decided to take a risk with my expertise.
I accepted the job, although the salary wasn’t competitive. I figured, what I’ll take from there would be the knowledge. So, the good news was, I was getting somewhere. I was able to recognize what I like and what I don’t like in pursuing my career. The bad news was that time was passing by, responsibilities in private life came along and the need for financial independence grew from day to day.
So I started wondering “If success isn’t measured in money, what would it be its alternative measurement unit?”
I did manage to accomplish a start of a career that I liked, but I couldn’t cover my living expenses. So the circle started again..but I must say this time the motivational letter had content. I could easily precise what I wanted do to with my professional life, and how to make a career out of it.
Point of the story is, no matter where you are at life, make occasional checks if you are on the right place. Every effort you make, will pay off somewhere along the way. I suppose I was conscious enough not to end up like this guy. What about you?