Do you love what you do? Most of us work to provide the necessities needed to live along with having the ability to enjoy leisure activities. In your career, do you provide value and purpose that stand behind your beliefs? Lately, I have been asking myself a lot of questions about my career: What type of work do I want to do? What type of company do I want to work for? How can I contribute my values and purpose to my career? All of these questions came about when I was laid off last December.
I recently read this quote by Dr. Ellen Weber, “Mindfulness fosters love for what you do – and enables you to do what you love.” In my research about mindfulness and through my daily practice, I have read many articles about mindfulness and its benefits. This quote has stuck with me and I think about it when researching new positions. I am now approaching my job hunt more mindfully. I am applying the 7 attributes, especially patience and trust.
A job search can be very challenging and trying at times. I have to work towards keeping a positive attitude and know that it will not always be this way. Applying patience has allowed me to examine the types of positions that I am applying for and to know that things will develop in due time. I am trusting the process and know that the right opportunity will present itself at the right time. Most of my positions have been accounting and finance roles. Pursing my MBA at UNR has helped broaden my business knowledge so that I can make a smooth transition into other career roles. My interests include areas I have prior experience in such as project management, operations, and strategy.The following are key elements that help in mindfully searching for a meaningful career:
- Research the job and the companies you want to work for
- Be honest in interviews
- Advertise your technical skills while emphasizing your people and communication skills
- Show your innovation
- Stay true to your values and drive your purpose
Through this process, I have been given the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom. This has allowed me to redefine what my purpose is and how I want to project my purpose in the world. By applying mindfulness and being passionate, open-minded, and focused, new doors will soon be presented!
Are you in a meaningful career doing what you love? How have you approached applying for new opportunities?