Reply To: Ask the experts
I just finished the PPSC and it was wonderfully eye-opening! I am through and through a Thriver, and it feels SO GOOD to have something out there validate my experience as a Thriver. Through this course, I am finally learning how to give myself permission to really embody Thriver values.
What’s coming up for me right now is feeling incredibly lost about the work itself that I do. The current job I have now is an amazing job. It offers: An amazing work environment, wonderful coworkers (they’re family to me), great pay/benefits/vacation/sick time, A LOT of flexibility and autonomy, stability, and I only work 30 hrs/week and get Fridays-Sundays off. It’s really a dream when you look at it from the outside. But I HATE the actual work I do. I’m a mediation assistant, and most of my time is spent doing rote admin/clerical paperwork. It is soul sucking for me to do this. It is the same thing every single day/week. I do get to actually mediate some cases, but that’s only once or so per week, and to be honest, I don’t want to do it more than that. When I look around at the other positions in the department, I don’t feel a desire to be in any of those positions. I kind of fell into this job because someone else told me I’d be good at mediating, so I studied conflict resolution and communication in school, got the degree, and landed this job. I’ve learned a great deal from the work and the people, but I know this is not where I want to be for much longer. I feel dread going to work because the actual work is just not mentally stimulating enough for me.
So I guess ideally, I’d love to find a job that offers all of the wonderful attributes of my current job, but also has work that offers mental and/or physical engagement of some sort. I just don’t know what that work is supposed to look like. I’m feeling tired of going into jobs just because it’s something I’m “good at.” I’d like to at least enjoy the actual work that I’m doing, but I still want to have the values my Thriver soul craves met. Any advice on how to determine where to start with figuring out what work I might find that offers ALL of those values (specifically fun and creativity, since that is seriously lacking at my current job)?
Thanks much! This course couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.