Career Advice 101: Don’t get comfortable
What do you want to be when you grow up?
That is that question I always dreaded as a kid. Not because I didn’t have an answer, but because I had too MANY answers! Here’s a mildly exhaustive list that only includes SOME of the things I wanted to be:
and the list goes on and on.
I turned 30 this year. Yeah, 30. That age where I should’ve done a lot of the stuff Bridget advised me to (I’m like 28/30, give me a break!), an age where I should KNOW what career I want, an age where I should be settled enough to at least know where I want to live… right? I should finally be at an age where I’m comfortable with where I am in life.
I think one of the most important things I’ve learned from my twenties is that everything is changeable. Nothing is forever, and certainly nothing is certain with it comes to your career. There are so many aspects out of your control, such as recessions, lay-offs, turnovers or simply, career changes. There is always the opportunity to adapt, re-skill and re-brand yourself completely, that is, if you want to.
Personally, my favourite piece of career advice is to never get TOO comfortable. Comfortable people are usually bored people, and bored peo-ple are usually pretty unhappy with their career. And who wants that?
There’s nothing worse than being THAT PERSON who hates their job, and harps on it alot. I admit, I’ve been the complain-y sort in the past, and recently I vowed to only work at places that are EXCELLENT that I feel EXCELLENT working at.
This doesn’t mean I wake up every morning with a perma-smile, or that I don’t roll my eyes occasionally or need a stiff drink when I get home, but I want to work somewhere where I feel like *I* need to be the person there. Places where I absolutely know I’m the best person for the job, and places that respect that in turn.
As an annual (or semi annual) job hopper, I’ve continually transformed myself and my career throughout the years by exploring a variety of industries like customer service, food service, retail management, volunteer management, communications, digital marketing, social media and more. And at each position I ALWAYS made sure to learn something or gain a new skill to help propel me to my next goal.
If you’re not getting that at your current job? Try a new path! Find a new gig! Don’t just languish because you’re afraid of leaving something permanent, because that employer doesn’t owe you anything. They could downsize you tomorrow and your perfect attendance and satisfactory work will not be enough to save you.
Obviously this advice may be difficult if you have significant debt or dependents, but the idea should be the same. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already motivated and ambitious enough to try to take that next step, to find that next great job, so reach for it.