13 Aug LESSON LEARNT: IN SEARCH OF DREAM JOB
“Find a job that you love, and you won’t have to work every single day.”
What a picture perfect of dream job for fresh graduate everyone!
I was one of them who got hooked with that quote. I grew up believing that one day I have to find my so called dream job. Going home super late at night after meeting, then waking up with passion burning to finish all of the task the next day.
So much has changed from that very day until now, a year after my graduation.
Dream job is not that cliche. And journey of finding a dream job is a long and windy road. I am glad to share things that I learn, hoping it will bless you as much as it has blessed me:
- Job is just the vehicle, your purpose is what matters.
“Because I always believe that early-childhood is the golden era of the entire human life span, and I want parents not to regret anything cause they have given the best for their children. And as a marketer that’s our job to educate them” That was my answer to the Business Unit Director of Premium – Super Premium Segment Formula Milk, during the interview for MT program at a multinational consumer good (FMCG) company last year.
To tell you the truth, my dream job was to be part of Brand Management team in FMCG company. I desperately wanted to work in that industry, though I was working in Marcom & Brand Management team in banking industry. The funny part is when someone ask me why it has to be consumer goods industry, I couldn’t answer the question.
As i remember my purpose, which is to envision a brand to be impact for consumers’ life and educate them so they know what’s in the product, I realize that actually I can achieve that purpose too as a banker. Because we bankers, don’t just market the product. We make a campaign that also shift customers’ mindset: we educate them the wholistic wisdom about money and financial planning. So, ask yourself why do you want that job, what do you want to do. Quoting Simon Sinek, start with why.
As long as you hold on to your purpose, neither the title of the job nor the industry really matter. Always remember your purpose.
- “Love what you do” (sometimes) comes first before “do what you love”
The opportunity to work in FMCG industry wasn’t there for me to begin with. It doesn’t mean that I should sit still and wait until the opportunity is there, right? I have a life to take care of. Sometimes, we don’t have the privilege to choose our job. Be grateful if you can. Always do your best in every task, regardless its importance. Maybe you end up loving what you’re doing. What I am trying to say is: If you love to blogging or youtubing, but it has not paid off yet, you don’t have to quit your job. Love what you do right now, so you can do what you love later.
- Everything’s changing. Including you.
The only thing in this world that is constant is the change itself for it’s constantly changing. Situation changes. People change, either you do. What once was your dream job, might not be your dream job right now. And if you feel that you are far away from your initial dream job, it’s okay. Because every day that has passed by or will pass by is a journey of self-discovery. A journey to discover yourself regardless how much you’ve changed along the way. Most importantly, be honest with yourself. Be honest with what you want. You only have one life to live your dreams.
- Prayer is not a Plan B, it’s the plan A
As you read until this part, you might wonder “Did she get the job in that company?”
What should I say? I prayed every single day about that job. And yeps, God’s favor, I got the job as a management trainee, the lucky 70 out of 27,000 applicants.
But, I didn’t take it. I continued working as a banker and now ended up starting my own business. I started Frasa, Marketing Agency that builds brand to make a Statement, providing service from branding, copy writing to brand activation. Do contact me if you need logo, company profile, social media management, etc.
I believe that it’s just another vehicle that God give me to fulfill my purpose: to envision brands and to educate customers (though in smaller scope).
It wasn’t an easy decision. But, after a month of discernment period and prayers, God convinced me to do so. Prayers give us the strength to take the big leap of faith. Put Him first. We shouldn’t go to Him at the last minutes.
Well, that’s my journey in one year. There are still more years to be written. Entrepreneurship happens to be my season right now. I will share you about that really soon. Feel free to share yours too.
Wherever you are and whatever you do right now, I hope you love what you do and remember your purpose. Don’t lose your hope, because God is preparing the best thing for you.