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Do you have a dearth of ideas for how to create a
career you love? Take my advice, hang out with your career crush. I did...
And here I am, sharing a moment with her whilst exploring my alternative
Whose Career Do You Covet?
This is one of the questions I ask clients to get them thinking
about career possibilities that fall outside their current career path or
imagination. These are the careers that we dismiss because they're "for
someone else" or we're "not qualified for it" or we
"wouldn't know where to start".
So, I reached out to someone whose job I have coveted for the last
15 years. I invited her for a Zoom coffee (sorry, I'm not getting on board with
the "Zoomoffee" - ugly word!) and spent such an enjoyable 30 minutes
talking to her, I was walking on air for the rest of the day.
So, who is she?
Well, this is Jenny Walters and she is the Features Editor for
Country Walking Magazine. I've been a subscriber for nearly 20 years and, for
many of those years, I've enviously seen Jenny go on long multi-day hikes in
beautiful scenery with a cameraman and her notepad. She comes home, writes
about her trip and plans the next one. Or so I imagined.
Talking to Jenny about her job was fascinating. She certainly does
the bit I've described above. She also does a lot of planning features for the
magazine (hence her job title). This is not only short-term planning for the
coming issue but also planning for issues 12 months from now (as they need the
seasonal weather in the magazine shots to be congruent with the current
Things I Learned from Talking to
I'm not going to go into her job in too much depth on the
assumption that it may not be quite as fascinating for you as it is for me!
But, I did learn a few things from speaking to Jenny.
The first thing was - "don't judge a job (book) by its cover". Not
all jobs are really how they appear on the outside. Talking to Jenny, it became
clear that, whilst the walking / writing piece would be a sweet spot for me,
the planning piece might not come so easily or be so enjoyable (come on, you
know about my planning weakness by now!).
Also, Jenny is a shining example that you don't always need
experience to change career. She applied for her role 15 years ago with no
writing experience. She was formerly a librarian who loved walking. Clearly,
she demonstrated her writing prowess and passion for walking during the
interview process, but she feels that the magazine took a chance on her being
BUT, my biggest learning was this: exploring career possibilities
gives you so much more than just a potential career path. Before talking to
Jenny, I knew that I was already in a career that I love and that I didn't want
to change. But, after talking to Jenny, I
realised that I could potentially explore that bit of her job that I like the
sound of (walking / writing) and do something with it.
This is what I'm going to do: I'm going to start writing about my
walks. Writing is something I'm good at and that gives me energy and I love
walking. So, this is something that I'm going to do for me. At the end of
November, I'm undertaking a personal pilgrimage (this was already planned) and
my goal now is to write a piece about it. Who knows, I may send it to Country
Walking Magazine - they use freelancers and I have a good connection there now!
Thank you for
indulging me and allowing me to tell you the story of my career crush. Here is
what I'd like you to do:
I hope that's given you some inspiration to explore your own career
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