It’s hard not to slightly cringe at the thought of having to work for almost 25% of your adulthood – and that’s only considering a typical 40-hour work week. Don’t worry, you’re not lazy or unmotivated. In fact, you are likely trying to optimize your time on Earth by being a well-rounded person who wants to experience all of what life has to offer.
Dedicating your life to your career is definitely a valid and admirable endeavor, which clearly results in great value to our society. I myself have tried this route by clocking in 60-80 hour work weeks as a consultant while spending my weekends traveling between coasts for my clients in the east and my home on the west. This schedule was exhilarating, exhausting, and extremely demanding, and it turned out to be unsustainable (at least for me). My relationships, health, and happiness all suffered, and the general discontentment I felt towards my work only exacerbated the issues.
So, where am I now? Well, I used my prior work experiences and the job hunting techniques I learned in college to find a position that is a better fit for the lifestyle that I want to live. Do I love what I do? Spoiler alert: no I don’t. Does my current job give me the flexibility to spend my time in ways that I want to while providing me with the financial means to support myself? Absolutely.
Stay tuned – this page will offer tips on resume building, job searching, interviewing, and networking. More importantly, I will share the benefits to finding a career that may or may not be your purpose, but nevertheless allows you the time to live a passionate and fulfilling life.