At the end of 10 years always working exclusively in the field of music, I never imagined that someday I would have a different job, completely foreign to me and that I would escape my professional training.
Shortly after my move to Canada, I was hired as an employee in the free samples department of a printing company specializing in personal cards. He quickly became the head of the department, reorganized all the space and knew how to identify each material and technique used (imagine cotton, bamboo, wood, silk, kraft or even paper cards with more and less glossy covers, special paints, reliefs, 3D, different thicknesses and sizes, ...).
But even though I had gone to do that job at that time of my life, I never accepted the idea of staying there forever, much less accommodating myself. That place fulfilled only its function of helping me while I allowed it.
How many people reading now have started with jobs they did not want? Or did you accept a part-time in another area of studies to get the income that paid the bills?
All experiences are fruitful when we consider reflecting on them and checking what they have brought us.
1) We are what we are in all the jobs we have
Professional "traits" that are part of our personality, such as being patient, communicator, lazy, sloppy, perfectionist, fast to learn or to perform, efficient, etc. they do not change. In some cases, depending on the function, these traits intensify. Or, in less sporadic cases, if the person has a weak psychological, he can be carried away by demotivation.
Believe me, if you always seek to do quality work, you are just as natural in any job. In a department with thousands upon thousands of samples, I quickly mastered all the designs. I was often asked what material or technique was used in a given design, and I responded without thinking twice. He had also never picked up personal wood cards, and suddenly, in a short time, he had mastered the 7 types of wood, knowing every possible thickness or print technique in each.
2) In the natural we never lose the connection with the profession we love
At any moment I stopped being a pianist, regent or music teacher. When someone asked me about my job, I knew that I was still a music pro, even though I now have another job going literally from 9 to 5. The job title we want must stay stronger in our mind than the one we have at that moment.
This reminds me of that famous anecdote (which happens thousands of times in real life) about the conversation between the new boyfriend and his father-in-law:
- What do you do for a living?
- I am musician!
- Okay, but what do you do even in life as a job?
- I am musician!
"I get it, but what do you do in your life as a job to pay your bills?"
This is the kind of situation that often happens to those who work in the field of the arts as writers, painters, dancers ... During 10 years I only sustained music with great pride! Not something impossible, though demanding! The only time the system failed was when the school where he worked was more than 3 months without pay and the places where he played (some culturally influential) postponed the payments of concerts already made for months and years. After a few years we still love our profession, but feeling that we can not row against the tide in that place or context. We seek to improve the situation and accept certain conditions in order to continue fighting for the conquest of our dreams.
3) Each job teaches us something important for the employment of our dreams
Even when it does not seem like every job has something unique that is very useful on our professional journey (and also personal). We deal with different people, materials, situations and challenges. We also learn to value certain functions more.
Do not think that clients are different or they can be "better" and "more patient" in another service that they do. At the most, when you find a different client / patient / consumer, you will add that experience to your portfolio and enrich your skill and expertise.
We discover the good things and bad of each job quickly. Our mind tells us if "I never imagined I would like to do this so much" or "I can not imagine doing this all the days of my life!" Which is very good if you do not know what you are chasing in life: this job gives you practical certainty of the functions you like and dislikes, things that are not that far to reach, how you dominate areas you do not imagined and how your motivation moves between the functions you have.
Whatever the title of your current job, embrace your dream and keep affirming yourself for what you pursue in your life.
At every stage of our lives we have to embrace different opportunities and challenges. Many young people have to work in cafes and restaurants against their will as they study to be able to support their accounts and continue to fight for their dreams. Other people, when they change countries like me, for example, have to start over other professions as well.
Not everyone's professional dream always pays their bills at that time, but that does not mean they give up. The right contact can come where you least expect it, or the business you've always dreamed of can grow to the point where it becomes the main income.
Have you identified what your dream is? Chase it!
Not yet? Stay tuned and working every day for this!