One of the things that Tasha and I enjoy most about our work at Launching Legends is connecting with clients on a personal level. Supporting someone right at the brink of a major transition, or at the edge of “I-just-can’t-take-it-anymore,” always reminds us of why we founded this company. Every now and again an especially powerful question or idea arises in our work that is just too good not to share with our online community. This post is the first of many where we’ll be gleaning from our coaching sessions to bring you content that we hope will guide you toward your own juicy coaching moment.
Question: I’m starting a new job at a new organization, but I’m not sure if I want to remain in my current industry. I’m nervous because this is supposed to be a dream job, but I’m not sure that it is my dream job. I feel like I’m still exploring different career paths. How do I maintain flexibility without wasting this rare opportunity?
1) Focus on the work, not the title. Release the tape playing in your mind that says you won’t be happy at your new gig and intentionally seek out projects, roles, and tasks that align with your interests. Make a list of unique opportunities that are newly available to you and ask your superior how you can take advantage of those kinds of experiences. Don’t get distracted by preconceived notions of the limitations of this job. Go to work everyday focused on the possibilities.
2) Act like an intern. The best interns are hardworking, teachable, and flexible. They work hard enough to convince you of their value as a permanent team member. Simultaneously, they leverage the resources of their current environment to build a bridge to their next job. Do your job well, but do it with this question in mind: how can I use this position to propel me toward my next? Think high-profile connections and resume boosters.
3) Remember your power. Approach this position with the confidence of knowing that you have the right to quit. You are not obligated to stay in a position that makes you miserable, even if it is a position that other people say you would be crazy to leave. Identify what is most important to you and make decisions that reflect your values and priorities.