What is Your Big Why?
That’s the session for the career cafe in January (click here to go straight to the registration page)
Why do you work? A strange question. The common answer is obviously ‘for money’. Do you know why you get up each morning and head out the door to put in the hours to get a salary? If you work for yourself, do you know why you are in that business, and not any other?
Why do you ‘do’ what you ‘do’, specifically? Was it by accident? Did you fall into your current role? Did you take it out of financial need? Were you promoted? If you create your own economy: do you work for freedom? Autonomy? Responsibility?
Have you ever given yourself the time to really ask and answer yourself honestly ‘what is my big why?‘
It took me a long time to work out my why. And it was exposed via my clients.
When I worked in Employability, I had a lovely client, let’s call him Sanjay, obviously not his real name.
Sanjay and I had been working together (confidence, personal development, advice) twice a week for around 10 weeks. He then signed up for a longer term vocational careers program, everything was in place, we met the Monday before he started and got him kitted out with travel expenses to begin the next morning.
He never showed up: no sign of him the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Then I sent him a letter, mainly to ask if he was okay, it was strange he never contacted. On the Monday I received a letter from his partner to tell me he had died the Monday before, five hours after I had last spoken to him.
Then there was Sarah (not real name) because of the childhood abuse she experienced by her mother, her time spent in care, missed school, she never sat any exams. Pregnant at 14, she had her first daughter, then her second at 16. She had a string of abusive relationships before eventually entering a Shelter for women at 19. She had only worked ‘cash in hand’ jobs mainly in local businesses.
After months of clearing out her ‘past’, then a long term program, she got the call to say she had been offered a job in, funnily enough, a women’s’ refuge. No qualifications, no ‘work’ experience, but plenty life. Starting salary £24,000. Her words ‘I did it for my children’.
To make a difference, to cut through the crap, to really see a person, hold their dreams and aspirations until they see it themselves. To offer services to people so they don’t feel alone, in fear, that their is no way out (Sanjay). To work really hard at understanding where an individual has come from, and to support them to get to where they desire, no matter how challenging that journey will be (Sarah). To see a ‘whole person’, not just somebody who ‘wants a career change’, but paying close attention to all that they possibly can be.
In short: I help others flourish, to be all that they want to be, to help others rewrite their stories.
Seems massive written down. It’s not. That’s my passion.
So, what’s yours?
Come to the next careers cafe, if you need help, it’ll be great to see you. You can get access to the core values workbook by signing up for updates below.
I’ll leave you with a quote, let it sink in
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali