How many of you are exactly where you thought you would be at this point of your life? What changed? What did you or didn’t you do that contributed to the difference? Life is not what happens in your life, it is your reaction to what happens in your life.
My working life began when I was 12. Since that time I have had the good fortune of being in the following jobs.
- Assistant in ceramics studio – Ford Ceramics
- Supermarket Stock Clerk – Overwaitea Foods
- Cartographic Draftsman – BC Government – Water Resources/Forest Surveys
- Cartographic Draftsman – MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., Vancouver
- Supervisor – Cartographic Department – MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., Vancouver
- Supervisor – Cartographic Department – MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., Nanaimo
- Supervisor – Administration, H R, and Facility Management, MB Ltd, Nanaimo
- Owner – Creative Interiors Ltd. – Nanaimo
- Cartographic Draftsman – MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., Nanaimo
- Supervisor – Cartographic Department – MacMillan Bloedel Limited, Nanaimo
- Employee Relations Administrator – MacMillan Bloedel Limited, Nanaimo
- Owner – Crossroads HR Consulting – Nanaimo
- Team Leader – Assessment and Referral Centre – Nanaimo
- Employment Consultant – LifeWorks! – Nanaimo
- Community Liaison – Employment Navigators – Ladysmith
- Employment Consultant – Career Centre – Parksville
- Owner – Laurence Rumming Assessments – Nanaimo
A couple of these jobs I fell into and they were the ones I enjoyed the most and where I learned the most. These were opportunities that presented themselves and I chose to recognize the potential and went for it.
I have been very blessed in my work-life to have worked mostly for employers who gave me the freedom to experiment and be creative. They have recognized my strengths and helped me to build on them.
I have enjoyed every job I have had and every manager I have worked with. I did not enjoy the ones I had to work for! In my work in Human Resources and Employment Counselling I encountered so many employees who had ruined their health by working in toxic environments, or in jobs that they hated. This time spent is not refundable, you don’t get it back!
Many who came through the doors had gone into their jobs because it paid well, not because they liked the work. Others were working out of need, to rise out of poverty or to feed their family and had to take whatever came along. This tends to work as an interim step but the onus is on you to go after what you want and desire as a career.
No matter who employs you, you are self-employed. You alone are responsible for your career, your training, your health. It is a bonus if an employer provides training or supports your training so that you can move into your desired occupation.
Take stock of what you have done for work. How and why did you take that path? Is it the right path? If so, great, if not, you have the controls.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right” Henry Ford
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