Unfortunately, “what is your ideal job?” isn’t a question everyone is equipped to answer at a young age. Connecting the dots between your passion, the right education, a fulfilling career and financial stability is key to living a life of contentment. I strongly believe having this knowledge will help you answer the gnawing question of life’s purpose everyone has had at some point.
If you’re already in the rat-race and still questioning your purpose, I assure you that it is never too late; there is an antidote.
There are several life-coaches out there and I am by no means as experienced as they are; nonetheless, my story might make a difference…or not.
In comparison to the wealth of information and technology easily available now, I didn’t have this level of exposure to information when I selected my major. I graduated with a degree in Banking and Finance and although I love figures and statistics, I yearned for something more ‘human’.
I later went on to pursue my masters in Strategic Human Resource Management, what can be more human? In short, recruitment was the easiest way for me to get my foot in the door. It was definitely not rosy and I absolutely hated the beginning of my still growing career.
In between the tearful moments in the parking lot, I realized I didn’t hate my career choice, I simply dreaded the toxic environment, the overtly sales-driven management style and lack of empathy the top management had for its employees. I joined the Human Resource racket not looking to fulfill robotic KPIs; I wanted quality over quantity, which was far from the company’s values.
I not only discovered what I wanted to do, I also discovered values I absolutely needed in order to be happy in the corporate world.
So I quit!
Armed with that knowledge and a stroke of luck, I attended an interview the day I quit. During the interview, I was honest; I mentioned how I care more about my work environment and colleagues than the salary. I wanted a place that I’d love blitzing through rush hour traffic for, I wanted a family. And I got exactly that.
My answer is self-awareness. Only through self-awareness will you discover values that truly satisfy you.
I do not encourage anyone to just quit. What I encourage is to quit with a plan. Discover the values you absolutely must have in your ideal job, set out a plan to get the said ‘ideal job’, work towards it (experience gained from your current job, save up on your current salary, online courses after work hours etc) and then quit with a target in mind.
The path to self-discovery is neither smooth nor joyful; however, through the pain, you will discover what is intolerable. Hopefully, reaching that level of self-awareness will give you an understanding of your core career values and ultimately help you live a life of contentment.