Did you just “fall” into your job?

A new survey by Galaxy Research in Australia shows that over 50% of workers “fell into” their jobs, and only 1 in 4 (25%) actively planned their career. http://www.smartcompany.com.au/Free-Articles/Trends/20080613-Were-not-happy-with-our-jobs.html

This is not just in Australia – it is a common theme across most Western countries.

How do you “fall into” a job?

I fell into business consulting as I needed a summer job that paid the most money to pay off my student loan. After that summer they offered me a fulltime position after I finished University. I woke up a few years later wondering how on earth I ended up doing it. I have a degree in Theology and yet I am a business and IT consultant through experience!

Can you get out of the job once you have years of experience in it?

Yes, you can!

It is a matter of changing your mindset and believing that you can be more than the job you are in now. One in three people in the Galaxy survey felt that their job didn’t accurately reflect who they are as a person. These people need to actively plan the next step in order to find work that does represent who they are. It takes time as you are likely to be reliant on the pay-cheque from your existing job, but you can escape your job and do something you love. You may have to volunteer for a while, or retrain, or do the work part time for free – but you can change what you do.People underestimate what they can achieve in 5 years. You may set a plan for a year but not for 5 – but think where you were 5 years ago? Haven’t you come a long way?

Set a goal now for 5 years time. Are you doing your ideal job then? What are you doing? Write it down. Dream it. Then set goals to achieve it.

 

‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Napoleon Hill

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