Working day in and day out at a job you hate, making just enough money to get by and hating every minute of it! How did you get here? Bills, responsibilities, family, and the company that offered you this “great” job – that is how you got here. The good news? You can change it all – now.
A career choice is one of the most important decisions that has to be made in life. That is why it is so unfair that a person is forced to make that decision at the age of 18. As soon as you graduate, everybody starts asking, where you will go to school and what your major will be. Some people, luckily, know exactly what they want to do at a very young age. You’ve heard doctors, policemen, and actors say, “I knew that I wanted to do this since I was 4 years old.” Not everyone is that lucky… or are we? Think back as far as you can remember – what games did you love to play? Were you always the teacher when you played school? Were you always the doctor? These are hints to what you were born to do. Everyone has something special, something that makes them smile just thinking about it. You smiled didn’t you? What were you thinking about? Most likely, that is your passion, now follow it.
Okay, now fast forward to high school. What were your favorite subjects? What were you particularly good at? Where was your joy? Do you get that joy anymore? Probably not.
So sad, right? Now, that you have thought about it and looked into your heart and you know exactly what you want to do, how do you get there? It is never too late. There are so many degree programs that cater to working adults and now, you know exactly what you want. Going to college as an adult may give you a greater advantage. You will study harder, enjoy yourself, and gain the necessary education to get the career YOU want. You can finish up the degree in a short amount of time, plus have work experience already under your belt. Trust me, I went to class two nights a week, had a full-time job, and four young children at home. I graduated in three years – magna cum laude. So, it is very possible.
If school is not an option, then there is another option. Research the field that you love and find your dream job; find out what the requirements are, polish your resume and highlight the parts that match the criteria. You may not get the dream job at first, but you can go to work for the company that has that position. Once, you get your foot in the door, find a mentor and work your way up. Read and study everything that you can get your hands on till you become an expert. Do things that other people will not because it’s “not in their job description.” Pick your mentor’s brain every chance you get. Ask about the company from someone on the inside. Learn the inner workings and how promotion opportunities are selected. Be the best at what you do, but learn as much as possible about the job you want. There will come a time when the company will see your efforts and you will be on your way to the top.
There is also another option. Start your own business doing exactly what you love to do. Employ the method of deliberate practice – seek out the areas that interest you and be very specific about your weak areas, then sharpen them. When people look for someone to help them in an area, they want help from the best. Deliberately be that person. You will be able to provide a unique spin on the field because there is only one you in the entire world. With that in mind, you have just found your niche. Now learn how to market it.
Okay, so the steps to become what you always wanted to be are:
- Get to know you – what you like, what you are good at, what you see yourself doing
- Learn, study, grow – learn as much as you can about the field, the company you want to work for, and the position that you want
- Be willing to start small – you may have to start at the bottom, but you can jet to the top because you want it more than anyone else
- Go for it – fear stalls so many people and there is no need… you are still paying the bills, just having more fun now
- Do it for yourself – you have to want it so badly that you can taste it… when you do, nothing can stop you
You only have one life – there is no need to hate the thing that you will spend so much time doing. On average, people spend about 30% of their lives working, do you want to hate that much of your life? Of course not, so what do you have to lose? Simply put, you can do whatever you want to do – the only thing stopping you is you.