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Do What You Love

 

Two years ago I was having lunch with my friend, Emma, when I noticed she looked quite depressed. I asked her if there was anything wrong and she told me that she hated her job and couldn't bear to go back to work. She had been working in the hospitality industry for the past 4 years and found her work monotonous and uninspiring.
 
I asked her if she had applied for other jobs and she said she didn't know what type of work she wanted to do. I suggested that she try taking the Career Interests Profiler and see what type of careers came up. She agreed to give it a go.
 
After taking the assessment, Emma discovered she was best suited to a career in the arts industry, specifically in theatre production. She did some research into courses and decided to apply for a stage management course at a theatre school.
 
After a lengthy application process including 3 interviews, she received a letter in the mail saying she had been accepted into the course. This was pretty exciting considering only 25 people were accepted each year out of hundreds of applicants.

Realising that she would still need a job to pay her bills, she contacted some local theatres and managed to secure a part time position as a Ticketing Officer as well as work experience on an upcoming play, giving her a vital foot in the door.
 
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It has now been 2 years since Emma started her course. During that time she has worked on numerous shows including a musical and an opera and has made some excellent industry contacts along the way. She loves her course and talks about it non-stop. Her ultimate goal is to work as a Stage Manager on Broadway in New York.

Since changing careers, Emma has become a completely different person. She is no longer anxious and depressed about going to work. Instead, she looks forward to each day and is excited about the opportunities ahead of her. She's a much happier person now that she has discovered her ideal career and is relieved to finally be pursuing a career that she loves.


So how do you find a satisfying career path?
 

Consider this analogy:
 
Job dissatisfaction often leads to unhappiness. Unhappiness is like darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. So to find happiness you need to switch on the light.
 
This involves finding something that lights you up and allows you to connect to your true nature.
 

Try this activity:
 
Write down 3 things that make you ‘light up’ when you think about them.
 
Examples include people, sport, history, music, art, gardening, fashion, animals, languages, children, buildings, psychology, computer programs, dancing, writing, cooking, performing, medicine, health and fitness, houses, food, antiques and travel.

If you are unsure what 'lights you up', try answering these questions:

a) What types of books and magazines appeal to you and why?

b) If you could attend a seminar or workshop on any topic, what would it be?

c) If money was no obstacle and you could do whatever job you wanted, what would you do?
 

Remember this quote:
 
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you will be successful."

- Albert Schweitzer