Career: Finding Our True Purpose in Career Life
Have you ever questioned your career and wondered what am I doing here? It may have been great in the early days and life was great. The challenge of adapting to a new career was exciting and the wages were good. It allowed for independent living and the chance to pay for our own way in life. Maybe we discovered when we had well settled into our role that the career path we were on was less than fulfilling, leaving us going through the motions in our job. Maybe now it’s time to start asking “Is this what I really want in my career?”
Maybe we compared ourselves to others in their career lives? Have these comparisons left us with a feeling of inadequacy and discontent? Finding our true-north is tougher than we think. Some of us travel our whole lives, never really feeling that we have found our true vocation or purpose, but the enquiry can still bring us joy and satisfaction.
Having asked the question; what’s my true purpose in life, can open a door that may instigate change. We may be fearful to open this door, as it may actually be an opportunity for a career change, which we can thrive in. We may realise that it is very different from the one our parents wished for us or our younger selves settled for.
The solution can be as simple as looking to inspirational role-models. They may be famous people or people we admire closer to home. What is it about them that inspire us? There may be a clue from these insights that can lead us to start exploring our true life’s purpose. For some the ‘eureka-moment’ can be rapid, almost overnight. For others, it can be a slow arduous task to discover their true purpose, but so worth it in the end if they are persistent.
Maybe our role model includes an Irish chef, Nevin Maguire or Rachel Allen. We find ourselves coming home from work and our first go-to television program is their show. Then we find ourselves getting creative in the kitchen, cooking up a dish that Nevin or Rachel would love to taste, if only they were here!
Just maybe, the penny drops and we realise that cooking is in our veins. We truly see that we were passionate all along, always talking about new recipe ideas or inviting friends over for dinner to try out our new cuisine. We may realise that we were already living out our true purpose in our personal lives. Then, the next day we may find that life throws us an opportunity. We get an email from a friend we haven’t been in contact for ages, telling us that a new cookery course is starting in the nearby college in two weeks. We wonder is life showing us a sign. We may get excited or fear may creep into our minds. We ask “What if …?” or “What will my boss say?” Well, we won’t actually know unless we pluck up the courage and give it a chance. At the very least, we owe it to ourselves.
Taking that first step, as if ‘walking on water’ with an act of faith, can grant us a deeper knowledge whether this career is for us or not. The change can terrify us, but it can also reward us. Some people go through their career journey never finding their true purpose. There are plenty of supportive professional networks that can help to brainstorm, in search for the right change in our lives. We may also have the support of family and friends that can offer their advice. All we need to do is become open to the idea, explore by asking lots of questions, be patient and trust the process.