Survival Jobs vs. Creative, Passion-Inspired Jobs


Ron writes:
I have been floundering all my life but manage to get jobs that help pay rent/mortgage
which are not my passion. I graduated with a painting degree and ever since all the jobs
I have held have been dead-end positions. I have been receptionist sales/customer
service and now a sales specialist selling catalog furniture over the phone. I am sick
of sales and phones but don’t know how to pursue my talents of art painting design
color while still paying my mortgage. What do you advise?



The Career Doctor responds:
You should resolve today that you will
have a new job in the career field where your passions lie by the end of the
year — if not sooner!
You say you have been floundering all your life — but what have you done to help
position yourself for a career in the arts? You chose to apply for all these jobs –
and then you accepted them once offered. Using the tagline of an infamous infomercial
of a few years back “stop the insanity!”
You control your fate. You can continue to be stuck in dead-end jobs that you hate
or you can make a decision to follow your bliss. Are you ready to get started?
You need to develop a strategy for making the transition. Then while continuing to
work in your sales job begin laying the groundwork for that career change.
First decide the types of jobs/careers in the arts that most interest you.
Second find an arts organization that needs volunteers — and volunteer as much as
you can. Gain valuable experience and begin to make contacts.
Third find arts groups (within your community or online) join them and build
your network.
Fourth determine if you need any further training or education to qualify for a
job in the arts.
Fifth use your new network of contacts volunteering experience and degree to
track down job leads and position yourself as the ideal candidate.
Stick to the plan — and you WILL have success.
Learn more in this section of Quintessential Careers:
Job
and Career Resources for Career Changers
.

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Ron writes:
I have been floundering all my life but manage to get jobs that help pay rent/mortgage
which are not my passion. I graduated with a painting degree and ever since all the jobs
I have held have been dead-end positions. I have been receptionist sales/customer
service and now a sales specialist selling catalog furniture over the phone. I am sick
of sales and phones but don’t know how to pursue my talents of art painting design
color while still paying my mortgage. What do you advise?



The Career Doctor responds:
You should resolve today that you will
have a new job in the career field where your passions lie by the end of the
year — if not sooner!
You say you have been floundering all your life — but what have you done to help
position yourself for a career in the arts? You chose to apply for all these jobs –
and then you accepted them once offered. Using the tagline of an infamous infomercial
of a few years back “stop the insanity!”
You control your fate. You can continue to be stuck in dead-end jobs that you hate
or you can make a decision to follow your bliss. Are you ready to get started?
You need to develop a strategy for making the transition. Then while continuing to
work in your sales job begin laying the groundwork for that career change.
First decide the types of jobs/careers in the arts that most interest you.
Second find an arts organization that needs volunteers — and volunteer as much as
you can. Gain valuable experience and begin to make contacts.
Third find arts groups (within your community or online) join them and build
your network.
Fourth determine if you need any further training or education to qualify for a
job in the arts.
Fifth use your new network of contacts volunteering experience and degree to
track down job leads and position yourself as the ideal candidate.
Stick to the plan — and you WILL have success.
Learn more in this section of Quintessential Careers:
Job
and Career Resources for Career Changers
.


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