But,what is the chance of you getting paid a living wage doing something you love? -jpeirpont
Â The chance is very good. I've done it, my father has done it, I can name at handful of other people I know who have done it. Surprisingly, these are some of the best paid people I know as well. They make more than the I-bankers and lawyers I know that hate their jobs. Â Â
Mike C, Geez, I wish I had the chance your friends did to get a soul sucking job as long as the money was good enough. At the very least, they have this option. esquire.
Â Â This is a negative attitude man, you'll get nowhere with this. Stop looking at what other people do, start setting goals for yourself and mapping out a plan that is realistic yet one that you will have to work hard towards. To get ahead you have to be a bit arrogant. Accept that you CANNOT fail and that you are the person a company would want to have working for them. You must project these things during your job intereviews (if you choose to go that route). Â Â You write that you wish you had a chance to work a soul-sucking job... that's sad. I don't wish it for you. You have to believe you are better than that. I know for a fact that somewhere deep down (you may not have found it yet) you have more purpose than crunching numbers or doing mindless paperwork. Don't cop out and get a terrible job for decent pay. If you want to live the rest of your life doing unfullfiling work, then I can't respect that. Â Â How to find the job that is right for you
Â I could sit here all day and write the BS rhetoric like above, but instead I'll give you the step-by-step process I went through. It is modelled after the people I know who work fulfiling jobs. This is a tough process that requires alot of work, however it's not as tough as you might think. 1) Write down a list of dream jobs that you think you would like to work. (be realistic and optimistic) Â 2) Write down a list of things you would do if you had to never worry about money again. What would you do to occupy your time. Is it pouring through volumes of tax code? Or is it playing golf, painting, designing clothes, playing in a band, etc... Â 3) Compare these two lists notice how they differ and how they are simillar. In theory they should somewhat coincide. Â 4) Take the list and determine what fields you are meant to work in. It should look like: Art, fashion, golf, writing. Now you have a concrete list of target area to start looking for work. Â 5) Find out what positions they're are in each field, from the bottom up. Get to know the career path in each. Â 6) Look at how you are qualified: such as your education, other training, general and specific knowledge of the field, etc... Â 7) Determine what positions match up with your skills and qualifications. Â 8) Find out all you can about this position. Read trade papers, join special interest chat groups on the internet Â
, meet people that already do this or work in that field, etc... You really need to work hard in getting yourself qualified for a job. This is where you need to put the time in. 9) Find every company that is in this industry. Make a list starting with the one you would most like to work for. Work your way down by contacting each. Â 10) Use existing contacts or job listings to set up interviews. Start sending out resumes by the dozen. Exhaust every avenue possible. Getting a job is an all-out assault, you have to give it everything you got. Â 11) Give the best interview they've ever seen. I can show you how to do this, it would be too long for this post. Â 12) Now you have a job that you absolutely love. You will be successful and the money will come pouring in. You will lead a meaningful and happy life. Now you never have to wear off-the-rack again. Go to Kiton and buy your first cashmere, bespoke suit and a pair of Lobbs to go along with it. Â Â Comments are greatly appreciated.