Many times I have used the expression that myself or someone ‘fell into a job’. In thinking about it I really don’t think this happens. I think an opportunity presents itself and we either choose to take the risk or not.
In high school I worked for a ceramics studio pouring moulds to create the green-ware. It was offered to me and was appealing as it was creative and precise in that timing was important to the thickness of the product. This was most important in the smaller and intricate pieces when trapped air could result in an explosion in the kiln damaging the contents.
This also happened with employment counselling. I was approached and asked if I would be interested in working in the field, something I had never considered. I have always enjoyed helping others so it appealed to me and turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
These are two that I often use as examples in my life of ‘falling into a job’, but really how many did I miss? How many opportunities to stretch and grow presented themselves that I passed up? How many have you let slip by you?
Fear and circumstance play a role in whether we see or follow these opportunities. If either of these were taken because I desperately needed the money, they likely would not have worked out well for me as I would be following them for the wrong reasons. The old expression, “Do what you love and the money will follow” is particularly true in these situations.
What opportunities have you experienced that led to a career? What have you missed?
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