January 6, 2021 at 3:35 pm #607
Welcome Gina! I love that our podcast has become a companion for you on your commute! 🙂
Really glad you’re here, and I can wait to hear more about what you learn about yourself & your working style/values as you work through this course. Happy New Year!March 1, 2021 at 3:26 pm #609JezerParticipant
Hello everyone! My name is Jezer and I am from Southern California. When I took the Passion Profile quiz, I got Thriver, which I believe fits me to a tee.
I was recently let go from a job that I honestly felt off in. But in my whole working career, I have felt off, so I went searching for answers on the Internet and came across the Passion Profile quiz and eventually this course.
Through this course, I am hoping to gain clarity on how I want my career and life to play out so I can better pick out a new job opportunity for myself and thrive 🙂March 2, 2021 at 9:07 am #610
I’m so glad you found us and resonated so much with your Thriver profile. I very much hope (and believe) that this course will help you get a better sense about what’s felt “off” in your career so far, and also give you insight into what kinds of jobs might be a great fit for you moving forward.
Thanks for joining, and let us know how it’s going along the way!March 18, 2021 at 11:06 am #611
Hi I’m Jessica,
I’m from the South Jersey/Phia area and I signed up for this course last year, but for different reasons, couldn’t seem to commit enough time to it to get much out of it. I’m going to try again. Most of my working life I’ve worked at jobs that have felt “off” or I’ve been severely unhappy or have triggered anxiety. Currently I’ve been in the same role for about 10 years and most of that time I’ve struggled but I always stuck with it because I always thought it was me not getting it and if I worked hard enough I’d get it and it’d be better or I’d keep hoping the assignments would change and I’d enjoy it more. I realize now the role is just not a good fit for me and I need to be looking elsewhere or ask to make adjustments in the meantime if possible. In the last couple of years, I’ve started to do some major self reflection about myself and my previous and current roles to see what was or wasn’t working for me or what triggered my anxiety and needed to change. I signed up for this course in hopes to connect everything together to find a role that fits me better that is also soul satisfying and will help me to make an income I deserve. Thanks for listening!March 18, 2021 at 8:02 pm #612
Hi Jessica! Really happy to see you here AND in our Patreon community! 🙂
Your story is one I’ve heard all too often. I know a LOT of people who have felt that same sense that something was “off” in their job for a while, and yet they haven’t made a change because they think (or fear) that they are the problem, not the job. As in, “If only I could change my mindset,” or “Once I get the hang of this new assignment,” or “If I just try a little harder to make it work,” … then it would finally feel satisfying.
But all too often, that lingering feeling that something doesn’t feel right is just a sign that you and the job aren’t a fit. It’s kind of like trying to make a chronically unhealthy relationship work over and over again, before realizing you’re just not right for each other.
I love hearing that you’re doing some serious introspection and self-reflection to figure out what you REALLY want from your life & career, and I hope this course helps support that internal journey you’re on. I’d love to hear some of your “aha” moments as you work through the course!March 18, 2021 at 8:33 pm #613
Its definitely been an internal journey! I feel like between my wife and I, we’ve been on an internal journey together for at least a few years both in our careers and personally. I’ve actually always been envious of her because she’s always been relatively happy in her career no matter what that was. I, on the other hand, have always dreamed of having a career I was proud of but never quite gotten there….always the elusive dream. I’m going through the course, taking time to reflect on each part. I feel like I’m a combo of Tribe Member and Thriver. I value connection with others and creativity, work/life balance, seeing my work directly impacting others, quality time, income predictability but still being paid well. I can manage data but not people (unless 1:1) and I enjoy being a subject matter expert. I also cannot handle too much pressure, being timed or making quotas or multi-tasking where there are a lot of balls in the air at once. Most of my roles have definitely been negatively triggering in one way or another. I’m hoping this course will help me identify my optimal working environment that will help me narrow the types of roles to look for. I’m tired of the way I feel about my work.. having 2 degrees and not earning what I’m worth.
Definate Aha moment listening to both those Passion Profiles.. I can see and feel myself in both.March 19, 2021 at 8:19 am #614Rachel EParticipant
So glad you’re already seeing some alignment with Tribe Member and Thriver, Jessica! It seems to me you’ve already crossed one big hurdle–seeing where your current and past work life hasn’t aligned with how you’re wired, and giving yourself permission for that to be OK. We get really stuck when we keep trying to fix ourselves, rather than fix the misalignment! 🙂March 19, 2021 at 5:04 pm #615
Hi Rachel and Kristen,
Thank you both for responding. I’ve been working this course and I really feel like the How you work is as important as the What you are doing. A bit about my background: My current role is working in quality assurance for a bank, working with home equity loans, lines of credit, and mortgages, Working with federal rules and regulations within the loan application process. I initially got into it after working as a customer service representative and branch lending officer. I was also in school getting my degree in Paralegal Studies so this role kinda but not really falls under the Legal umbrella. There are portions of my job that I enjoy but they don’t outweigh the rest. Its a lot of monotony, doing the same thing over and over and if we don’t maintain a certain daily productivity level, it reflects in our reviews and consequently in our raises, such as they are. WE do have opportunities to do different tasks but not enough to satisfy my need for variety in the work. Since the beginning, I’ve struggled with productivity and being timed as each loan has a time allotted to it and if we don’t complete the review within that time frame it will have negative consequences. I also just sit at a desk and for the past few years (or more) I’ve worked from home. I do value connection so I had been going to the office once or twice a week, but since the pandemic, I haven’t been allowed back. I miss my people. I do like the company I work for (I’ve worked here for 17 years) and I do believe in their mission. I’ve tried to look for other roles within the company with no luck so would always get frustrated and overwhelmed and just hoped that things would change. 17 years later I’m still here. I’ve tried looking at other companies but there are so many options its overwhelming. A Vicious cycle. I’m not sure why I’m rambling but I’m hoping to try looking again but this time based on my values, as you suggest in the course. Something has to change. Thanks for listening!March 20, 2021 at 9:49 am #616
Based on some of the values you mentioned here, it’s no wonder you’re feeling frustrated at this job. You value variety, but you said your work is monotonous and you have do to the same thing day-in and day-out. You value connection, but you work alone at home (and it sounds like that’s not just because of the pandemic, although that’s definitely made it worse.) You value growth, and you’ve tried to grow within the company by applying for other roles, but it never works out. So it only makes sense that you’re feeling drained and frustrated!
It sounds to me like you’ve been trying to make this job fit HOW you need to work, but you keep hitting a ceiling. So it makes sense that you’re ready to look for other roles and even other companies to see if you can find better alignment with your values.
If you haven’t yet, I would suggest trying the “Job Searching According to your Values” exercise in the workbook. It will give you a good framework for how to approach job searching a bit differently, with more of that values-based focus.
That’s for sharing more about your career story and your experience so far in the course!
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