How to Thrive in Your Career Path

Learning from experience can be frustrating.

At least, that has been my experience.

As I have walked through life I have tried to find the right fit for my career. It has seemed like I have been fumbling in the dark, learning by trial and error through the experiences of various life pursuits.

Like many of you, I went to university after high school to get a degree, because this was what I was supposed to do to get a good career. I spent 7 years to get a 4 year degree. I changed majors 6 times, and I changed faculties 3 times. I started in Advanced Honors Mathematics, and finished with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I even quit out of frustration halfway through, only to resume after a year because of that age old “wisdom”: I need a degree to get a good job.

In the decade since achieving my degree, I have attempted around a dozen different professions. Each time learning a little bit more about who I am, and what I am looking for in a career. I have discovered that most of the academic material that I worked hard to learn during my undergraduate studies has been entirely irrelevant to on-the-job performance.

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I would actually say the most significant takeaway from my university education was a sense of personal growth and accomplishment. Really I learned a deeper understanding of who I truly am, and a reassuring example that I can do great things (…eventually).

Maybe there are people out there who learn faster, and catch on quicker than I do. Or maybe those people just give up easier than I do. I have been relentless in my life, refusing to let go of the ideal that my career will be my passion. I believe that far too many people submit to the status quo that work is meant to suck the life out of us.

When I was a sophomore in high school, a teacher had us make a timeline of our life including key events (college, marriage, family, career, accomplishments, retirement, etc.) As I attempted to forecast the events of my life, I extended the timeline of my career indefinitely, and I included no date for retirement. My reasoning to my teacher was that I would find a career that I loved so much I would never want to retire. My teacher refused to accept my timeline, and required I add a retirement date.

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What if my sophomore self had the right idea? What if I have actually been derailed for decades because of a lack of knowledge about who I truly am, and what my ideal career fit would be?

When we go through life being shaped by our experiences, the best case scenario is that we learn from the failed attempts to fly. Eventually, maybe we will get off the ground. But I think so many people either give up, or spin in circles.

This is why I passionately do what I do.

My first experience with the TTI assessments was overwhelming. I felt judged, and my head was spinning with the comprehensive report that I held in my hands. But once I was able to process the data with a skilled coach, the transformation was remarkable.

In the span of a couple months, and a simple 40 page assessment report, I experienced more personal transformation than during my entire university education. I had spent close to $50,000, and 7 years of my life agonizing over differential equations and APA standard academic papers… and this… this brief online questionnaire brought me back to my ideal as a sophomore.

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I want to help position people to launch into their ideal career. I want to do this by eliminating decades of trial-by-fire and wasted efforts. This isn’t about a short cut, or an easy solution – it’s simply about being pointed in the right direction.

When you consider what it takes to build a career (education, experience, training, etc) – you really ought to know from the start that you are a good fit for the direction you have chosen. When you consider the career path you are on, you really should consider how you fit into that current role. Consider what you can do to get the most out of who you are, and achieve the career outcomes you have always dreamt about.

This is why I built the jobQ Career Excellerator online course. I have a goal to help 1,000,000 professionals find their ideal career fit through a transformational coaching program that will save them decades of learning by experience (or spinning in circles).

Have you had a similar experience with a career that didn’t go the way you thought?

What situations have you been in where you knew you just didn’t fit?

I’d love to hear your story – write me an email at the address below!

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