My mid-life career crisis is unfolding before my eyes. I decided I needsomething about it despite not knowing what I want to do or what I like to do.
I like to follow a logical process whenever I am stuck so I decided to at least write down what I KNOW I want about my job.
I think for most people, even if they do not know what type of job or career they want, they do have an idea of how they would like to work.
How I would like to work
1) Flexibility in hours
2) Ability towhen required.
3) Able to take leave without having to check my emails or be in contact every day.
4) Work that challenges me
5) Work that earns me enough income that I can lived on
I did noticed that this list has changed a bit since I started working. This is after all a mid-crisis. I find that I am less willing to take compromises especially in regards to and work that will challenge me. Also I am mentally prepared for a drastic paycut if I can find something worthwhile and satisfying to do.
Unfortunately, the reality of the currenthas decided to crash in on me. Despite a few promising interviews, I have yet to land a job yet. It doesn’t help also that most practices silence when it comes to giving post-rejection feedback.
I found the difficulty in getting a job really contradicting to what i am reading in the news. Which is that there are still several opened positions and companies are having a hard time filling them. I spoke around with a few friends in HR as well as with recruitment executives who had called me up. They confirmed my suspicion that companies now are extremely picky. No longer are they happy with a 60-80 percent fit in a candidate, they are now looking for a 100 percent fit. Expectations are much higher now and with more curbs on, companies thus are having a harder time to fill positions. Yet companies do not seem to mind taking six months to
one year to find that perfect candidate.
Sigh…not good news for me I guess.
- Top 5 – Signs it’s time for a career change (reed.co.uk)
- How to Change Careers (snagajob.com)
- Talkpoint: why are we ashamed of flexible working? (guardian.co.uk)