“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
One third of your life is spent at work according to Gettysburg College. For some people, it may be an even larger percentage of time working. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are now working from home, often at reduced hours, or, unfortunately, have lost their jobs altogether. What is your job to you? Is it merely a means of putting food on the table and keeping the roof over your head? Or is it something more? Your career should be more than just a job. It should be a vocation. The thing that gives you meaning and purpose. It won’t always make you want to leap out of bed and throw your arms around the world every morning. But it should give you a sense of satisfaction and belonging that goes beyond being happy to see your paycheck at the end of the month. A bad job can make you ill physically and mentally. A good job can make you happy. I know this from my own experiences.
The truth is that many of us are frustrated with our careers, and looking for a sense of fulfilment that’s lacking. You may find that your career choice 10 years ago is no longer relevant. A report by the Institute for the Future predicted that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 do not exist today. That’s a frightening concept. The coronavirus has affected employment throughout the globe. To prepare for the world after the pandemic, you must study and embrace the new job market that emerges and even possibly learn the new skills needed to be successful. To help you prepare yourself for this new world, let’s examine why you may be frustrated with your career, and what you can do about those feelings.
It’s not all about the money
Money makes the world go round. But it’s poor compensation for having to work in a job that offers you neither fulfilment nor joy. When you start your career chasing the money, it’s only a matter of time until you look around and ask yourself “Do I really want to be here until I retire?”. The answer will often be an emphatic “no!”. Amassing more physical possessions won’t make you happy. But pumping the brakes, thinking about what you really want to do, and finding ways to make money doing what you love just might.
You’re not passing on your wisdom to others
It’s one thing to be at the top of your game. It’s another to help others to be at the top of theirs. And if you’ve spent your working life so far building a great portfolio of skills and knowledge, you may find it extremely rewarding to share it with others. I personally found on the job teaching to be very rewarding. Many bring their knowledge of their field or industry to bear, helping others find solutions to their pain points and frustrations. In the medical world, for instance, people at the top of their game may look for career opportunities in internal medicine. These “internists” are known as the “doctor’s doctors” and often consult on matters with those less experienced than themselves. You may be surprised by how rewarding (and lucrative) the work of a consultant may be once you’ve reached the height of your skills. Companies often will pay a consultant for short-term services instead of hiring a full-time employee.
Get New Skills
Perhaps a change in your job or even a change in career could provide a clearer path to happiness. Gaining new skills and qualifications are a great way to pursue more rewarding options. Online courses are a great way to gain knowledge while still being employed. You can start looking for something new on the career front by visiting FindSomethingNew.org.
Find opportunities for remote employment
Finally, many workers have been working at home since the world closed down for the pandemic. There are challenges in setting up a working space and privacy. Once the problems are overcome, remote employment may be a way to continue having less stress commuting, less toxic work environments, and more time with family . There is increased flexibility as your office can be anywhere!
The world is slowly coming back from the shut down. Life after the virus may be radically different. Read and learn how your career is affected and what you want to do in the next 10 years. Plan and prepare yourself.
This is a collaborative post but all opinons are my own.
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