I can’t say I have a lot of work experience. I’ve held different full-time jobs for the past four summers and a part-time job before that, but compared to almost anyone with more life experience than I, that’s nothing. However, I have come to understand facts about the workplace and myself through the experiences I have had.
One of the most important of those facts is that different jobs suit different people, and you learn pretty quickly if a job does not suit you. Many people dream of the “perfect job” for them. That doesn’t come easy to most people, however, and many get “stuck” in a full-time job just for the money they earn. They don’t truly enjoy what they do.
I happen to be a fast-paced person. I need to be continually working on projects and reaching toward goals and objectives. But, I also am the type of person that gets bored with repetition. New goals, new adventures, new projects, new experiences; new things get me excited.
Lastly, I’m the type of person that needs to go somewhere and see my work do something to contribute to people’s lives. I can’t stand working in an environment where I cannot see the fruits of my work.
Take theatre for example. I love the work of entertaining people. I love acting in and helping put on a show. There is nothing like experiencing the feeling of accomplishment and joy when all the long hours put into rehearsals have paid off, and I just can’t wait for people to see and enjoy the results.
Journalism is another example. Every time an issue of The Yellow Jacket comes out, it feels like my team and I have created beauty. It is nice to see the articles arranged on the pages of the print publication. But, the most enjoyable aspect is when I receive feedback from people in the community or on-campus from people who thoroughly enjoyed one of my articles or one or the articles of someone on my team. When this happens, I get that same feeling of accomplishment and joy that I do after a stage performance.
The job that I want to be doing for the rest of my life is telling stories. On the stage, these stories are usually fiction. In my writing, they are truth. But in order for me to feel fulfilled with them, I want to see them contribute to the lives of those around me.
If you aren’t doing what you know God made you to do, then why do it at all? Like I just did, list the personality traits you have that correspond with what you want to do in a career.
I know I’m young and still have a long way to go before I am in the “perfect job” for me, but my advice is don’t give up on pushing toward whatever job you know is right for you. Don’t give up on finding what it is that God has made you for. God wants to use you in the job you will enjoy the most, and He will help lead you to that.