What’s in a job?
Many of us come across the question, ‘What are you looking for in your next job?’ The usual responses vary from “a better boss” or “more money” to “better prospects” or “working with a bigger brand”. Whatever the answer, it’s clear many people are in this endless quest of the next ‘better’.
As much as those are very important factors in helping you decide if that’s the job for you, my decision fell upon, ‘does this next move allow me to do the things I enjoy?’ So I jumped – after 14 years of educating classes upon classes of children aged 7-12.
Some say ‘enjoy what you do and you’ll never have to work another day of your life’. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with the children, getting to know the needs of each individual and trying my best to help them. But I worked hard – every single day. So, I really don’t know how true that statement holds – maybe it’s too clichéd to apply to me.
The dedication that many of my fellow educators have is incredible. Putting their students before their own children; forgoing meals to spend that extra few minutes tutoring weaker ones or even just to have a chat with them to see how they’re going; hours and hours spent on perfecting that lesson plan and of course, piles and piles of marking. We have all enjoyed it, and also worked very hard at it.
So, why did I move, you might ask? Mainly, I realized there are many things out there that I enjoy, and my job wasn’t allowing me to do them. I started feeling unfulfilled and I started disliking it – after 14 years!
Then an opportunity came for me to start an internship with a global recruitment firm and I immediately fell in love with it! I enjoyed meeting new people, listening to what they do and enjoy doing and of course, what they are looking for in their next move. The rest is history – I earn well, spend my money on what I want and have the time to indulge in my hobbies. And yes, I love my job!
So perhaps when you are considering your next move, rather than asking yourself which ‘better’ are you looking for, why not add another question to that list? Simply, does this job allow me to spend my time and money on the things I enjoy? It might be family, holiday, or even something as simple as having time for dinner with friends.
I would like to dedicate this post to all my hard-working fellow educators, but boy, am I glad I jumped!
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