Why There’s No Such Thing as a Forever Job

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In today’s world, everyone’s on the hunt for the “perfect job”.

However, it’s time to disprove that myth because that perfect job doesn’t really exist.

Gone are the days of linear career paths, where you’d start as an intern and retire from the same company decades later. Nowadays, things are way more flexible.

Despite of ticking all the boxes: You went to good schools, earned top grades, and secured fancy internships, despite the success, there comes a moment for many in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or even 60s when they awaken to the unsettling realization: “Is this really what I want to be doing?”

I’ve been there myself. I found myself in a career that, while financially rewarding, lacked the fulfillment and purpose I craved. Each day felt like a monotonous repetition—a cycle of tasks devoid of meaning or passion. I was on a path that just didn’t feel right and I wasn’t being true to myself.

Understanding Career Clarity

The truth is, there is no such thing as a forever job. Each position serves as a stepping stone. It helps you grow, learn, and figure out what you’re all about. It’s crucial not to overthink and stress too much if you’re not sure which career path to take. Instead, realize that very job teaches you something valuable.

Career clarity stems from understanding that the journey is not about finding your forever career.

For those that are multi-talented and multi-passionate, there’s no need to stick to just one thing.

The concept of a “perfect job” is different for everyone, and it’s not always achievable. What may seem ideal today may not align with your career vision tomorrow. Rather than striving for an elusive ideal, focus on finding meaning and happiness in what you’re doing right now.

Coaching Exercise: Gaining Clarity

Starting out on a new career journey can sometimes feel like wandering around a maze without a map. The following coaching exercise is all about helping you find some clarity and direction in your professional journey.

Step 1: Reflect on Past Experiences

Take a moment to reflect on your past experiences, both professional and personal.

Reflecting on past experiences, what moments or activities have brought you the most fulfillment and joy in your professional life, and how can you incorporate more of these elements into your current role or future career pursuits?

Step 2: Gain Career Clarity

Where are you now in your career/life?

Where would you like to be after this career transition?

Think about the values and passions that drive you in your personal and professional life.

What aspects of your current job make you feel trapped, and what deeper desires or values are not being fulfilled in this role?

If you were to let go of the pressure to find the “perfect” job forever, what alternative career paths or opportunities might you explore that align more closely with your passions and goals?

Step 3: Define Success

Define what success maens to you, and define it on your own terms.

What dous success mean to you?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to career success. So, let go of the pressure to find your forever job and start a journey of continuous growth, discovery, and fulfillment.

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