I cannot imagine a better way to start this blog but writing about how I understand an initial career should be.
Last week I watched a very interesting video on Youtube: What if money didn’t matter? Many thoughts came into my mind. Am I doing what I really want? The answer was clear: Sort of…
Since I was a kid, I have always dreamt about becoming a Business school professor, writing articles for important magazines and giving international conferences about a topic I’d love. However, I am conscious that it takes time to accomplish your goals, but your initial steps are quite important.
I pursued a career on Telecommunications Engineering as I found it exciting and challenging, and so it was. I specialized in sound processing but I ended up working as a Software developer, which looked right at this early stage. Nonetheless, days were becoming longer and longer. Working on something you don’t love for 8 hours a day (or more) is not what we are meant to do. On the contrary, doing something you love which is not reporting you any substantial economic benefit doesn’t feel right either. Yes, it is hard to find that balance.
From my point of view, What if money didn’t matter? is partially right. We all need to pursue our dreams harmlessly. In other words, we must work hard to accomplish the goals we set but we need to be flexible enough to understand that we cannot have what we want straight away. Why? Because nothing is that easy in life and money actually matters, though not that much.
This is an advice for Early Careers based on my short experience: At the beginning, work on something you like even if it is not what you love. Make it your dream. Do not choose jobs you dislike just because you think there is nothing else, there is always an opportunity for you. And if you cannot make your job your dream, try to get valuable experience from it that could lead you to land your perfect job. Then, go for it!
And please, do not punish me too much but I would love to give another advice to Managers or experienced profiles: Focus on the abilities that your graduates have the same as their opinions and dreams. A great article was recently written by Verne Harnish on CNN explaining 5 tips to keep employees excited and “give them a voice” was one among others. Do not only ask them where they see themselves in 5 years but also listen to how they want to get there. Happiness is the path and it could be defined by both parties as well.
To end with, let me suggest you something no matter what your profile is. Ask yourself everyday if what you are doing makes you happy. If it doesn’t, ask if it could lead you to your dream. Be flexible when you start but never forget what you came here to do, or sort of…Antonio González.