In photo: Joyce Talag, Life and Career Development Coach and Mesh Member

In the words of Steve Jobs, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle”. As inspiring as these words are from the latest and greatest, it seems easier said than done. Many of us twenty-somethings go to college for the sake of our parents, work part-time jobs just to make ends meet, and take on positions that aren’t fulfilling in comparison to what we truly want to do. It can become a long and mind-numbing trek of either bouncing from job to job seeking new stimulation or staying at the same one because of the lack thereof. Our end goal is to do what we love. There isn’t a blueprint to it all, but a Life and Career Development Coach like Joyce Talag helps to refine those questions that we’ve all asked ourselves at one time or another.

Find your Passion

If you are feeling unsettled or stagnant in your job, maybe it’s time to make some changes. Figuring out what that looks like may seem like a complicated math equation, especially if you don’t know what your passions are. Joyce asks one simple question: “What gets you out of bed every day?” Asking yourself this question helps to determine the driving force that allows you to continue to work the same job every day. Whether it be money, flexible scheduling, or the people that you work with, this self-inquiry can give you an idea of what you look for in a career. Also, it can be your initiative to launch yourself into the job that molds into the career of your dreams (even if you don’t know what exactly that looks like right now).

Every Step Counts

Once you’ve figured out what your passions are, it will allow you to carefully consider the next position in your career journey. According to Joyce, “a job is a role or a function that comes with a title and pay; a career is something more [like] a longer endeavor that may consist of a series of jobs.” She goes even further to say, “think of a job as a stepping stone in your career or a fork [in] the road that might cause you to pivot and take a different route”. The next job that you take on should be one that encourages those passions that you want to fulfill to create a long-lasting profession

Trust the Process

If you find yourself still jumping from job to job, don’t be discouraged. “Millennials and Gen Zs are known to be [the] job-hopping generations. Different think tanks like the World Economic Forum and the Institute for the Future even claim that 85% of the jobs in 2030 are not yet even imagined so they expect these generations to be switching not only their jobs but also their careers… at least three times in their lifetimes”, announces Joyce! As long as innovations are being made, more career opportunities will become available. It’s like being a kid in a candy store going down every aisle and being told to just pick one thing! Every job may not look the same but as long as it keeps you on a consistent path of your passions and what makes you happy, that is the ultimate goal. Your career journey is exactly that- a JOURNEY!

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