Saturday, 20 July 2013

Diary of a career changer - Part 3 - Starting a new job and the challenges work brings

So this is a follow on from 2 previous posts about the modern work world and searching for a job. I've deleted the words 'job seeker' from the title - because I somehow managed to find myself a new job.

Photo by mike44nh via Creative Commons reuse
I have to say, it was a bit of a surprise that I found something so quickly - maybe it was my attitude of 'letting everything be' or maybe it was just luck, I really don't know. But anyway, it's an admin job and the company is quite good, although there's a lot to take in as it's different to most jobs I've done.  

Working 9 to 5
Yep, the classic Dolly Parton comes straight into my head :) And to be fair, the words of the song sum up the work world pretty well. Being back in the 9 to 5 has brought it home how unnatural most jobs and certainly the hours of the jobs are. The monetary system is fundamentally flawed. But, we do rely on money - which traps many people in cycles of going to work and spending the weekend recovering. And it's not easy to get out of this trap.

Do we create our own reality?
Photo taken at The Eden Project
I must admit, I am somewhat envious of people who are living the life of their dreams. I feel like the life I'm living now is far removed from the life I want. And sometimes I can lose hope that things will ever change. I feel that a lot of the Law of Attraction teachings are geared towards people who have a natural aptitude and temperament to thrive in the modern world. I certainly do not, and I do think it is harder for some people to succeed than others.

It also depends on our needs and values - for example, if someone values security above everything, they are unlikely to take too many risks, even if it means living a life that is not ideal. I also think it's important to know what you NEED and what the implications of taking risks could be - for example, if losing a lot of money could push you over the edge, it is not worth taking a risk if that could happen. You need to ask yourself 'what is the worst possible scenario' and not beat yourself up if it means you don't feel up to doing something.

Anyway, back to my original question, I'd say my opinion was a bit of 'yes and no' - it's important to do the best you can and make choices that give you the best chance of success, but not to the extent of overdoing it. Also, there are factors that are out of your control. The same goes with a positive mental attitude. It is important, but depending on the kind of person you are, it may not be possible to be positive 100% of the time or even 75% of the time. In my case, it's a job for me to be positive 50% of the time (I'm sure many can relate haha).

I would love to escape the 9 to 5 world, but it is important to realise that I am not any less spiritual or any worse a person just because I am not fulfilled career wise. It is not easy to escape, especially when you've been trapped in dead end jobs for so long. A lot of successful people make it sound like it's easy and that you should let life evolve .. and you can almost feel guilty because things seem so much harder than that. It seems like some people are in on a secret of how you can change your life, but I just don't know what it is at the moment.

What would I love to do?
Like so many people, I had no idea of what I wanted to do, and ended up working in an office (the tale of the vast majority of office workers). Well, actually, in my now long gone Christian days, I said that I wanted to go into full time Christian work of some sort - my passion was a little misguided back then. My life changed .. I moved location .. lost a job .. made some rash decisions .. got into alternative spirituality . Although my biggest passion, writing, is actually something I've been doing for a few years. My ideal vocation would be a writer - and no doubt many would echo those sentiments. Other than that, I'm not sure what else I want to do - workshops are probably on the horizon at some point, not sure if I want to do any alternative therapy work in the future.  


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We all know that the work world of today does not encourage creativity. I remember seeing a post about the possibility of some artists being offered a grant whilst they attempt to get their artwork going .. and the reaction was some of the most pathetic, small minded garbage I've ever seen along the lines of 'These people should get a proper job'. This obviously comes from people who do not appear to have the capability to even think that there might be a chance to change their lives.A secure paycheck does not come with the package of using your creative talents as your form of income. And there are lots of people who love writing .. and most people would say that I'll never earn money from writing. However, whilst I know it won't be easy, I do know that I'm good at writing, other people have said this too. So it is a possibility.

One of the biggest challenges I face now is getting the right balance - work generally depletes me of a lot of energy, and I am not the kind of person that can work all the hours God sends. It becomes a bit of a vicious circle, which I don't like. But at the same time, I need to maintain my creative outlet - it hasn't helped being without a computer this month (but let's not go into that LOL). At the moment, things are what they are, I am doing my best to be present rather than worry about the future, not always succeeding. Like most men, I want to solve problems so when things seem a little hopeless, I can find it hard.Do any of you have any stories of how you've dealt with these kind of issues. Do tell me.

To your success

1 comment:

  1. I am not sure if I am the best one to offer work-life balance but I know you are learning a lot Andy and your sharing is giving a lot to this world. We all have our personal challenges to move through and release, and you are doing really well, even if you don't feel you are at times.


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