5 articles to help you change career
5 articles to help with career change
‘What do you want to be when you grow up’. A question we are all too familiar with. A nurse, a model, a teacher, a barrister, an actor, a psychologist, a journalist and back to a barrister again. In my mind career change was normal, acceptable and possible.
When making my CAO choice way back in the last century (I know SCARY) my Granny, who was a huge influence in my life said ‘become a barrister’. To me Granny was always right so I did what she said. I studied Law. I loved the academic side of the training and I enjoyed the drama of oration however the profession was not for me.
When I decided to leave the profession (not an easy one) I found myself at a crossroads. I was 23 years old, I had just completed 5 years in University yet I didn’t know what to do with myself, with my qualifications and I certainly didn’t know where to turn to next. I felt a bit lost and really scared as I had no job and as I thought no career prospects. I had to make the right decision this time.
I found myself yearning to know how and why people did the things that they did, what made some people more successful than others. I became completely fascinated in figuring out how some found a career they loved and others just hated work. In the midst of trying I realised I wanted to work with young people and with school children.
I made my decision. I applied for and got a place, against all odds, (Thank You Professor Michael O’Rourke) in Trinity to read for my Masters in Education in Career Guidance and Counselling. For me this decision led me on a career path that was by far the best decision that I have ever made. I found a course, a job and a career that I love.
What changed in this transition from law to education was the very deep connection I made with my new professional path. I loved the academic world of education but I relished in the practice of my every day job. I was hungry to find out more, keenly interested in understanding every aspect of my role. I started work early and finished late and I loved every minute of it.
My mind was curious, open and deeply embedded in what I was doing. Everything was important to know and I wanted to know it all. Even the aspects of my job that I didn’t like were no problem as my global career picture was one of happiness.
I changed career and I found a career that I loved to live in. Professionally I was happy.
Then it struck me, no matter what the title of the job we all want a career doing something that we love, something that we can get lost in, something that we enjoy and something that makes us happy.
Over the past month or so I have written some articles for Image.ie which outline some hints, tips and insights into how you might find a career that you love to live in, how you can design your own success story, and how it is possible go to work happy everyday.
I did a piece with Conall on Today FM’s Sunday Business Show on ‘What makes a career scary?’ which you might enjoy.
Here’s the links to the Image.ie articles I hope you enjoy them