Creating a Career Plan

I realized why I’ve been feeling so uninspired lately (besides the fact that I hate my job and am supremely bored at my desk, day in and day out). During my final year at university I created a plan for myself – a direction my life would take after I graduated. This plan included taking a year off after graduation to work, save some money and travel; then go back to school and do an internship; and finally to work.

I am in the final stage of my plan: I am working full-time, in a job that is somewhat related to the program that I studied. But now I don’t see what’s next. I’m not working towards anything, I don’t have a current goal in my professional life. So I’ve decided to create a new plan. This one will be more detailed in terms of a specific career I want and how I’m going to get it.

I’ll be doing a lot of Googling and using a lot of sticky notes over the next few weeks, but I hope that at the end of it all I’ve got a clear path and that I can put a bit more purpose back into my life.

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And would you believe that just as I’m typing this blog post a work opportunity was presented to me. This puts a bit of a wrench in my  career plan. Isn’t this always the way life works? I have a chance to go back to the job I had before I went back to school. This job allowed to me to save up for travelling, buy a car, pay off my student loan, pay for grad school tuition, and made it possible for me to not have to work while I went back to school.

Current Job

  • REALLY LONG commute
  • Flexible hours
  • Boring and uninspiring
  • Spend a lot of time doing crosswords, playing sudoku, speaking to angry customers, working on the occasional project that goes unnoticed and unused
  • Working late some nights, working some events on evenings and weekends
  • Poor paycheque

New/Old Job

  • Stressful work environment
  • Tons of work to do, always busy (not necessarily fulfilling)
  • Reasonable commute
  • Dirty work environment and small office, no real washroom (port-a-pottie)
  • Really good paycheque
  • Early mornings (would mean no time for running, which I love)

 

Now I have an immediate decision to make. The good thing about this is that it will only affect my short-term career plan.  It’s important for me to remember that a career is a life-long work trajectory and that my current job will only be a stepping stone in my career. A career is a journey and one job will not define who I am or what I want to do. It’s never too late to change paths.

Is it bad if I really want the decent paycheque right now and I’m willing to sacrifice my career direction for a bit in order to save up enough money to buy a house and get an RRSP going? Is it so bad? Not many millennials right now are able to get a decent-paying job. Lots of people go for the bigger paycheque over personal-fulfillment. Would I be a sell-out?

Does this sound like I’m trying to justify going back to my old job? Does it sound like I’ve already made up my mind? Maybe I have.

Uggghhh! What should I do?