When I was very young the idea of a woman having a career seemed remote. I thought a lot about having a job and my own money but actually girls of my class weren’t really encouraged to think about careers; all the talk was of pin money, supporting husbands, and bringing in a bit extra for ‘treats’. I didn’t actually know many women who worked outside of the home and those that did were frowned upon. I wasn’t sure why but it definitely wasn’t a good thing to work when married with a family.
You may think that makes me about a 102 years old but actually I’m in my fifties which seems quite young really! (Old is always about 5 years older than you, isn’t it?) Things have moved on, hooray. That said, I think the child bearing years can be a minefield for a career woman and I long for the day when our systems change to make time off for child rearing a realistic option for both genders. Things don’t have to be the way they’ve always been…
Job or Career?
Having a job is not the same as having a career; you will have very different feelings about a job, usually it’s just a means to an end. Jobs come and go and can disappear in an inkling, often for reasons well beyond your control.
A career is something you have for life (although you may have several careers in one lifetime.) A career is something YOU control.
I have had loads of jobs (too numerous to mention) and I have had three careers – as a professionally qualified social worker, as a manager specialising in change, and now as a personal development specialist working with great women. I’ve loved them all but have been able to recognise when the time to move on came. Once your enthusiasm begins to wane, when getting out of bed is a hurdle, when you’re watching the clock until you can do something you like, believe me then it’s time to go!
A career is a lifetime experience of making the most of your skills, your knowledge and your life experiences. People with careers tend to read and study in their spare time and it doesn’t feel like drudgery. A career is something you develop and plan. Having a career that you love really does mean that work isn’t like working!
Are You Passionate About Work?
Do you have a passion for your work? Do you love what you do or is it a chore? Do you think you can’t change it? OK, in today’s climate you may have to stay where you are short term but don’t let that stop you making plans to do something you love. I’ve worked with so many women who thought they were trapped until they began to allow themselves the freedom to explore what they really wanted to do and let go of some sacred cows.
I’m currently having a brilliant time ‘working’ on updating and editing a new edition of When Work Isn’t Working so look out for news of that early next year. Meanwhile though you can get an immediate download of the current edition for the sale price of £3.99 and you can listen to my visualisation totally free. Try it out, it might just be the boost you need!
If you have changed jobs for the better, or have a career you love, do share your story. You might just inspire another woman to take that first step to having a work life they love!
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Posted on August 31st, 2012 by Jane