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.
It’s funny when I look back on my career I have to think to myself or I do think to myself that I made some misguided choices. Given that most of my career has been spent in recruitment and marketing and advising people on how to make decisions in their career and successfully so, because many of the people that I’ve helped I’ve helped into jobs that they really enjoyed. Many of the people that I’ve worked with in the past and they’re still enjoying what they do. But for me personally up until about 2011 I’d been unhappy in many of the jobs that I’ve done and in many of the situations that I’ve been, but I’ve just not been able to put my finger on it or even recognize it or face up to the fact that I haven’t been happy.
It was a case of me going from job to job. At least with the early parts of my career anyway my ambitions were all about making as much money as I possibly could as quickly as I could, to buy big cars, to buy, I suppose, to focus on quite materialistic things as opposed to focusing on the things that really made me happy. Right now when I look back I can’t underestimate how important happiness in my career because happiness in your career, happiness in your job, it affects so many aspects of your life. For me I didn’t stop to think about what direction I wanted to take as I went from job to job. I didn’t take time to stop and think.
Think is such an I suppose an underused tool as part of your career search. It was an underused tool as part of my career search. As I said I made hasty decisions, and that was based on earning a wage. I wanted to obviously continue to earn a wage. I had bills to pay. I had loans and credit cards that were burdening me, and I thought, “I’ve got to get these bills paid. What am I going to do if I don’t continue working? I’m not going to be able to pay these bills.”
As I approached each job, as I felt I was coming towards the end of each job, and by that I mean each and every job that you do there’s always a natural point at which you begin to feel as though you need something more and you’re in a situation where either that job can’t offer what you’re looking for or you’re in a job where the job can offer you what you’re looking for and it’s a matter of figuring that out between you and your boss. For me I came to the point where I came to realize that the jobs that I was in had no more to offer for me. But I didn’t take that opportunity, I didn’t take that step to figure out why that was, I didn’t take that time to think about why that was.
So when I look back now for example, one thing that I knew or know now at least that was making me unhappy was the fact that I’m the kind of person who likes to have responsibility. I like to take charge of what I’m doing. I like to be trusted in order to take charge in what I’m doing. There were particular circumstances in which I felt I wasn’t given that space, given that responsibility, and given that trust from my managers in order to take responsibility for the work and deliver on what it was I was doing at that particular time.
That was one of the things that was making me unhappy. What I should’ve done you either talk to your boss or I should’ve talked to my boss and said, “You give me this role, you give me this responsibility, so let me run with it. I’m giving results, so let me run with it and do what I’m employed to do.” Or the alternative would be if that wasn’t an option as I said before if you’ve reached a point where you’re exhausted all your options inside of your current role, your option is to find a role that would allow me to I suppose use those attributes that I just talked about, would give me the scope and the responsibility to make decisions for myself and go ahead and do that.
I didn’t think about that. I just thought about getting my next job, getting my next wage, getting a pay rise as well which I managed to do, but that to me was important, more important than figuring out what made me happy.