So I’m on that job search grind again. Last year, I was looking for a job with a salary. This year, I have a salary but I don’t like the job. New year, new problems.
However, this year, I’m doing things differently. Instead of looking for something that I technically have experience for (ie adult education), I’m working with a career coach to determine my interests. What do I enjoy doing?
That is the question that I’ve been trying to answer for the past few months. After taking strength, career and personality assessments as well as reflecting on my hobbies; I’ve come to the realization that I like to create things.
Most of the hobbies that bring me joy deal with making something. I have a thing for making body butters. During the fall, I was into spray painting furniture. Lately, I’ve been into decor. I was actually thinking about taking interior design classes. I also like to blog as you can tell and it is a form of creativity.
In fact, my latest career assessment showed that I do indeed have a creative side. My results indicate that I am an artist!
I really don’t want to be an artist. In addition, I highly doubt that profession would pay off my school debt any time soon. Here’s the thing, I do think that there is an artist in me. These assessments definitely have merit and I value their purpose. However, I’m having the most trouble figuring out how the artist in me or the things I like to do tie into my academic background and career experience.
Is it possible? Also, what about my passion? I really don’t think I have a strong passion for anything. Yes, I enjoy transforming furniture but I’m not passionate about it. I have a strong interest in racial and gender equality but I don’t think I’m as passionate about it as I used to be.
I just saw a TED talk by Terri Trespicio entitled “Stop searching for your passion.” I found her talk intriguing because it was counterculture to the follow your passion mantra I’ve been hearing for years. She ended the talk with these words, “You don’t follow your passion, your passion follows you.” Her advice is to just do.
But I don’t know how to do! Okay, I take that back. I do have an idea of how I envision my career. I want to own a social entrepreneurship but I don’t have a product that I’m passionate about. See Terri! Passion is important!
So maybe that’s a start but in addition to passion and interests, I need to consider competency. What am I good at? I have an idea. I’m great at presenting things, hosting, and teaching. However, the question remains. How do I put 2 and 2 together?
So yea, that’s my job search struggle. So far I know I like to create things and I have a artistic, social and entrepreneurial inclinations. I’m good at presentations. But I have no passion to follow me because I still have no idea how to put it together.
The struggle is real.