The ‘Uncut Series’ is a set of audio out-takes that I recorded on the fly based around the 7 Job Search Pillars. The audio contains comment and valuable insight – on how to be happy at work – derived from personal and professional experiences that have helped me and many others discover a career path towards their dream job.
Are you at in a point in your career where you’re not settled in your role? Have you been feeling that way for some time, where you might be, I don’t know, hopping from job to job? If you are in a job, do you feel as though you’re not performing to your potential, either because you don’t feel as though you want to push yourself, or you are pushing yourself but you’re not getting to the actual summit that you expected? I think this type of situation is particularly bad if you’ve gone through most of your career having these thoughts and having these feelings, where work is a chore. Sunday evening comes and you’re feeling to yourself as though you can’t bear to go to work the next day, and then Monday morning comes and you’re feeling depressed on your way to work on your daily commute.
I’m the type of person who, if I have those sorts of feelings about anything at all, I tend to do something about it, but we’re not all like this, especially when it comes to work. Because we see work, some of us, as, again, a means of getting money to pay bills. We don’t always necessarily see it as something that we should enjoy doing. At the very least, we should get some enjoyment out of work, because, after all, we’re doing it for, what, eight to ten hours a day, sometimes more than that, so there should be at least something about the work that we do that we should enjoy.
It stands to reason that if we’re in this type of situation where over the past ten or fifteen years we’ve been unhappy to go to work, we need to do something and change something, make something different about the situation that we’re in. Because, you see, the consequences of not doing something about this type of situation is that it can infiltrate into your home life, it can affect you outside of work, and that’s the last thing you want. Imagine leaving work and then thinking to yourself, “I’ve got to go through this all again tomorrow.” You take it home with you on your ride home from work, and then you get home, you see your family, you’re probably not as connected as you should be. You may well experience mood swings and periods where you’re just totally unhappy, and that’s because it’s just so difficult to shut it out of your mind because, as I said, it’s something that we have to do on a day-to-day basis.
The very least thing that we should do is, if we’re in a role that we’re not enjoying and have not enjoyed for the last few years or so, is that we should make a change and commit to making a change. I recommend thinking about and reflecting upon what we’ve done in the past and what we’re doing currently that we enjoy.
The three key things that we can reflect upon: We can reflect upon the experiences that we’ve had. For example, I particularly enjoyed working abroad. I went to Qatar a few years back and I really enjoyed it. It was something that I had not done before, and it was one of those experiences that I cherish and always reflect upon it in a very favorable and a very fond way. I have very fond memories of going to Qatar. That’s one of the experiences that I really enjoyed. If I had the opportunity again, then I would certainly work abroad somewhere, whether that be on a permanent basis or as part of my role. That’s something that if I’m looking for a new role I would consider.
Something else to reflect upon is the skills that you’ve used. Again, for me, I enjoy training and helping people. I enjoy speaking to people, whether that be people who are young people or people who are more senior and need help in whatever respect or in whatever respect that I can give them help. I enjoy marketing as well. There was a period of time where I did a lot of online marketing. That was something that I really enjoyed, and when I reflect upon things that I’ve done in the past, that’s again near the top of my list of priorities for a new role. Something else to reflect upon is the people that we’ve worked with and experienced working with in the past. Again, this can give a good indication as to the sorts of environments that we like, the sorts of culture that we like to work in, and also the actual frame of mind of the sorts of people that we like to work with as well.
When we finish reflecting on what we’ve done in the past, it’s important also to understand where we want all of these things to take us in the future. The reason that’s important is because we can then begin to understand the sort of role and the sort of company that we’d want to work for. We can take it a step further. I’m not going to go into too much detail about this in this episode, but you can take it a step further by really thinking about the legacy that we want to leave behind once we’ve finished work completely. That’s something that’s really at the forefront of my mind each and every time I take on a new role.
It’s important to review where we’re at, so to speak, on a regular basis, because then we can understand what it is that’s making us unhappy and we can understand what it is that’s making us happy. I personally made a commitment to myself that, as much as there is always going to be aspects of a role that are going to make you unhappy, I’m always going to pursue roles that for the most part make me happy.
Make a commitment to yourself. Don’t wait until the new year to begin to reflect on what’s happened before. Do it now. If you’re in a position where you’re feeling as though you’re unfulfilled in what you’re doing or not happy in what you’re doing, make it your duty to yourself to reflect on what you’ve done, and then really go for the things that you really like, pursue the things that you really like, and set some goals on how you can get there.