When meeting someone new in a social setting we usually always hear this question, “What do you do for a job?” Wanting to be a little bit more creative the next time this occurred, I replied, “I help people never work again!”
“What do you mean?” they’d inquire, usually with a startled expression on their face.
“The saying goes ‘If you find a job you love, you’ll never work another day in your life’ and that’s what I do. I attempt to match people up with jobs that they’d enjoy doing on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis.”
I recently asked my Facebook friends the question, ‘Is it important to find a fulfilling career and, if so, why?’ Some of the responses included comments like:
- “A purpose-filled career gives us a sense of belonging to something and that we are useful.”
- “Without a career path we lose hope and feel like failures.”
- “A career is not just a job … it’s finding and using your gifts and talents in their most professional and useful form. This is also vital for our self-esteem and fulfillment.”
- “There is no point otherwise. You are only existing … not living, and that is not fulfilling, this will only lead to a life of misery and resentment.”
- “Very important! I love what I do and it never feels like work, even after a 12 hour shift!”
Throughout my career, I have come to realize that there are principles which can lead us to our ideal vocation. Matthew Hayden, ex-opener for the Australian Cricket Team has developed a new website called – The Hayden Way (www.thehaydenway.com). One of the features in it is his new philosophy on work which is: “Make your vocation your vacation”. To do this he has brought together all of his passions in life, (family, food, travel, fishing, cricket and surfing) and turned it into a company.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a vocation like that? One which includes all of our passions, where we’d enjoy going to work and where we’d feel like we were on a vacation?
How would you respond to this question if someone asked for your opinion? Would your opinion agree or disagree with the above comments?
Brian Horan is a Careers Counselor/Coach, a published author and international speaker. He is also the Managing Director at eCareers Academy, a Career Counselling service. You can find out more about his services by visiting the website www.eCareersAcademy.com , giving him a call on 1300 396 929 or sending an email, info@eCareersAcademy.com
© Brian Horan at eCareers Academy; August, 2014