Source | LinkedIn : By Srijan Sharma
Even though the idea of a job had not excited me in the last 4 years of my life, I, like most of the fresh college graduates decided to find a source of fixed income in order to be able to be Independent’ and take care of myself. It wasn’t tough to bag a decent job and having an inclination towards marketing, I decided I’d give it a go and trust me the work in the field is amazing! It’s almost everything you wish for. Starting from content development to customer analysis, I did it all. A part of me was ecstatic on getting those fat paychecks, and oh boy one can enjoy that feeling. But, there was a part of me which didn’t really feel right, a part of me that felt stuck and part of me that knew that I could do much more than I was doing. And having paid attention to this part of me is what made all the difference in the world. This voice made me shift from city to city, from company to company, trying to discover myself and to find a place where I could best use my skills. For the record, this search is still on, after having worked in 6 different companies in the past one year.
Now, you may think that I am proud of the fact that I did something like this, but in fact, I am not. But that doesn’t mean that there was no learning in all this. Hoping from boat to boat taught me the most valuable lessons about myself and ‘forced’ me to understand myself better.
Here are a few key takeaways from my journey that I believe might be helpful for you too.
1) You’ll never know until you try it
If you are starting off your career like I am then you’d find it to be a logical idea to ‘Explore your options’. Make a list of all the things that you believe you are capable of doing and try your hand at them. Pick any skill at random and spend a couple of hours on it. While exploring, keep your mind open to the possibility that you might actually like to pursue it further (it’s a lot harder than it sounds)and if you happen to like something more than the rest, then spend more time experimenting it. Learn about the recent developments in various fields of your interest and keep yourself up to date. Dig deeper and see how far can you go. This way you’ll brush up a number of otherwise dormant skills that you had.
2) You are not your Career
A normal human being defines oneself through one’s career. It’s important to realise that your career is just ‘what you do for a living’. You are much more than that. Take time to explore and understand yourself outside your work, as a person. There is no better time to work on yourself than now! In your life, you end up working for the organisations and companies that you are a part of. Working towards making them great in turn gives you some experience which comes handy in the future, but there is a lot that the organisations cannot help you achieve, the earlier you realise it the better. Always, spend some time to work on yourself. This isn’t about honing your skills or being more employable. Working on yourself essentially means spending time with yourself. Understanding, the kind of personality you have, things you like or dislike, ideas that inspire you and keep you motivated, etc. If you are self-aware then you can make informed decisions about yourself in future.