»2 So, What Do You Really Want?

What do you want from your career, job or work life?

Knowing what we want, having a clear direction, focus, single-mindedness, a sense of purpose, a vision for ourselves, our lives, our job, career, vocation, employment – has a powerful, unstoppable effect on what we achieve in life.

Life is such an incredible privilege. It’s a miracle. But somehow, along our course of life – most often very early on – we somehow lose our way. We end up being herded in a career direction by default – what we want, somehow, ends up being only a small factor.

  • So we end up making a living … but it’s a slog
  • We have a job … but it’s a job we have to endure
  • We’re happy to be employed … but our work doesn’t engage our real passions, interests and talents

Is this true for you? It is for many, if not most.

And the consequences of accepting that are dire.

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Desperation
  • Poor work performance
  • Burn out

These are some of the natural results of not paying quality attention to one’s career guidance or direction.

We should be looking for what job really excites us, what industry or sector brings a sparkle to our eye. But do we do it? Seldom.

And the consequences are felt stronger than ever when the pressure is on. When we’re in a tough job market. When we’re in a competitive market. When we’re unemployed.

Why? Because when we’re trying to attract an employer or an employment opportunity – and all we have is some skills, training and ability – it’s just not enough. We need a powerful marketing campaign for “me” – and the foundation of that are factors like these:

  • A real interest and enthusiasm for what we do
  • A sparkle in the eye about our career
  • The ability to come up with new ideas in our field – showing that we’re ‘in-sync’ with what we do
  • An up-to-date knowledge of our field – there because we enjoy reading about it, studying it – even in our spare time. It comes naturally to us.

So for 2 main reasons then – knowing what you want of your job or employment is critical as a platform for success. 1) It results in a more rewarding, fulfilling career; and 2) It helps make you more marketable, more of an attractive candidate – with something extra.

These quotes are apt:

“If you follow what you love, you will be amazed how often it leads to a job” – Barbara Sher

“I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours” – Henry David Thoreau

So here are some really helpful articles to help you determine if you’re on the right track in your career – to determine just what it is that you want. It’s worth taking the time. You may land a job tomorrow – but where will it lead you? Will it just be another love/hate relationship with your job and employer? Will it be just another day-to-day struggle?

Read these articles. Do some exercises. Make sure you’re heading in the right direction.

More Career Guidance and Direction Articles

It’s NO Luxury to Do What You Love
Do you have the belief that it’s a luxury to do what you love in your career and work? Maybe, but consider this: It’s alarming how decisions that one made at school, or soon after, can affect one’s course of life. Here are powerful reasons to show that doing what you love to do is your safest career strategy.

Go Forward Confidently by Looking Back
If you’re feeling jaded, washed out in your job and career – y’know, you feel like you have no idea what your career interests are, you’re not excited by what you’re doing anymore (maybe you never were!) – then you may find the following exercise helpful.