If you’d asked me 4 years ago, if I’d ever love a job as much as being an investigative reporter I would have said, “No way! No way I could love anything more.”
I was wrong.
Maybe it’s like relationships and love. We like to think we marry our soul mates. It’s a nice idea. But the truth is there are many potential loves and lives in this universe. The same is probably true of careers. I just didn’t know it until now.
I almost turned down the offer to work at Temple University as the Director of Career Services at the Klein College of Media and Communication. In fact, I tried to turn it down but I was talked back into it by Arlene Morgan, a former Philadelphia Inquirer Executive who was recruiting me for the school. Thank God. If you know her, she is stubbornly relentless…ha, not unlike me in some ways.
I told her, my plan was to leave NBC10 news to speak and write and perhaps teach for a living.
“So?” Arlene, said. “You can still speak and write and teach.”
Still, what did I know about running a career center? Yes, I mentored interns throughout my career. A career center? Wasn’t on my to-do list.
But, I’d been daring myself to do the new and wrote a book about it. I was being dared now to do something brand new I hadn’t even imagined…create and run a college career center for 3,000 students.
Today, 4 years later I realize I am home. I love my job. I love the students I work with every day. I love hearing about their dreams and helping them find a way to “Go! Do it!”
I get to speak and write and dare AND I have a home base in a career center I was able to create with the support of an amazing forward thinking Dean and school. Basically they just said to me “Go! Do it”. How many times in life do you have an opportunity like that?
I didn’t know my reporting skills would be perfect transferable skills.
- Interviewing? Listening to stories? Empathy? = Career coaching
- Producing stories? Attention to details and deadlines? = Event planning
- Pushing stories on social media? = Marketing events for students
- Running an investigative team? = Leading a team of student workers
- Motivational speaking? = Speaking/teaching/ communicating in lecture halls and classrooms
- Writing/Storytelling? = Ongoing communication with students/faculty/employers/alumni
I share all of this with you because maybe you know it’s time to try something else. Maybe you loved your job but now you don’t. Maybe you think it’s impossible to love another job again. I’m here to tell you there is a way to love your career. Your skills are transferable in so many ways, in so many new situations.
How do you know it’s worth a try?
Worth the leap? Your gut is telling you there is something worth doing. It appeals to you in some way with a mission that aligns with yours. Your basic needs and requirements are met: Salary/vacation/ benefits. It fits into the new life you envision. There are people ready to support you in this new role as you learn it.
We spend so many hours working. Wouldn’t it be nice to love it?
I have “career love” again.
And I speak.
And I write.
And I teach.
What would help you love your career?
Define it. Dare to find it. Dare to take a chance to “love again”.