It’s never too late to find your perfect job

Careers have a way of drifting away from you

Thu, March 20th, 16:11


You might have taken your first job out of necessity or because you felt it was a good starting point, but years later, your career hasn’t quite gone to plan. You might never have broken into the industry you always wanted, or you might have found that industry wasn’t really what you were looking for. Either way, that perfect job now seems further away than ever.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You have plenty of time to find that perfect job. Most of us will work well into our sixties; your career could span 50 years. Even 10 years in, you’ve only just started.

If you’re still searching for that perfect career, there are a few factors you need to keep in mind.

Think about what you want to do
Don’t make the mistake of focusing on specific roles or brands you want to work for, or get so caught up in titles that you never think about what kind of work you actually want to do. Focus on the duties you like to perform and look at what roles might offer that experience. You may find that there are more options available than you think.

Look at what you have
Once you have a picture of what you want to do; figure out what you need to get you there. Do you need to do more study or training? This is an opportunity to adapt your existing skills to fit your ideal role and look for training opportunities that compliment your existing skills.

Don’t be afraid to start again
It can seem daunting to start out in a new industry, especially if you have years of experience or have reached a senior role elsewhere. Nobody wants to go from being the boss to being a newbie, but if you can find that perfect job, the potential benefits far outweigh the negatives. It’s short-term pain for long-term gain.

You will succeed faster in a job you love
You may be reluctant to change career because you know how much hard work it has taken to get this far. However, you will succeed a lot faster when you do something you love. When working in a job that you really want, you will care more, put in more hours and do better work. Most of all, you will get much more satisfaction from every success.

That perfect job may be closer than you think
The longer you spend in the wrong job, the more pigeonholed you begin to feel. It’s easy to forget that you are not defined simply by the job you currently do. You have a mix of skills that can be used in a variety of ways, just because you have only used them one way for years doesn’t mean they can’t be adapted. That perfect job is within your reach, you just need to figure out how to grab it.

Eoin Keenan

The Irish Times