Mastery, autonomy and purpose – the ‘Holy Trinity’ of worklife
Years ago, long before bcoming a career counsellor, I found myself in a career blackhole that I struggled to understand (beyond the obvious feelings of ‘stuckness’) or plan a way out of. It was pretty horrible and I’ll talk about it more in other posts in the future.
I couldn’t afford the rates coaches were asking, and to be honest, they didn’t want me as a client either. So, my best option was to begin to hunt for self directed resources.
I stumbled across this video via some TED talks and I found it incredibly useful. I really did light a little spark in my brain numbed a bit by my work situation and I followed that little spark for several years…actually, I’m still following a thread of ideas that were sparked by this video.
I’m developing my business, supporting people with their career quandaries, and adding new services and products all the time, including a series of workshops and art exhibitions later in 2021. If you have an interest in careers, ideas, education or art, please signup for my newsletter. They’re likely to be small updates bi or tri-monthly, as new things come online.
I’ve been reflecting a lot on how difficult it is for people to juggle the cost of living with study. Long gone are the days when you could leave home and share a cheap old rambling house with friends for a few dollars a week and one or two nights of ‘hospo’ work covered you financially, leaving plenty of time for actual study and building a sense of self. Now, all those cheap rentals are renovated into multi-million dollar homes, and students who support themselves practically work full time, leaving them at a massive disadvantage compared to their counterparts who receive parental/family financial support and have the luxury to focus on their study.
If you are studying towards becoming a teacher, please take some time to consider this scholarship:
The scholarships are provided by the Teachers Mutual Bank and look as though opportunities are provided regularly (I saw the link shared on Facebook and am not associated with them or sponsored to promote them in any way). This is the link to the scholarships page.
I have had lots of jobs, and a few careers. Most have been a very awkward unnatural fit and sometime downright traumatic, wedging myself into roles that were never going to suit me long term. Some I was miserable in, living in a constant state of unhealthy anxiety.
Much of my adult life has been spent trying to catchup after being a failed student. However, I never gave up, I kept working and trying to test out little ideas as I went to try to work out what else I could do. As I fought to catchup, I definitely had some wins.
I set up programs to help foster children, ran a small business delivering youth art workshops and painted murals (preceding the popularity of “street art”), paid my way through University as an adult and worked in the highly competitive advertising industry.
I’ve transitioned through several other career phases since leaving advertising, working with businesses on compliance and regulation issues, government grant programs and as a Salesforce trainer.
Throughout this time I kept searching for opportunities to try new careers out. I eventually came across this question “What problems do you want to solve?”. I can’t quite remember where I read it, but it stuck in my mind and became the question I decided to answer.
Now, after further study, I use my experience to inform ways to identify and manage careers. The problem I want to contribute towards solving is career mismatch and career mismanagement which has become a source of real unhappiness in contemporary society.
To begin working towards solving that problem I have started the Creative Career Counsellor. I am here to help young people searching for areas of focus and adults who are transitioning, like I did, from jobs done to survive, to work or a career with a focus and a future. I utilise a creative, strengths based approach to help activate your career ideas.
Based in Melbourne, I provided access to low cost career counselling on the weekends (online options available). I have a love of all things careers, ideas and art and run a shop where you can find things to help inspire and support career thinking, products to help celebrate ideas and creative thinking and sell my own artwork and will be stocking some art products and supplies.
To get help you get started, check out A Job to Love. This book helped me immensely and has been a book I’ve repeatedly bought for friends working through a career crisis.