What to Do When You Can’t Find a Career That Ticks All The Boxes?
So you’ve been trying to figure out your dream career for a while now and yet you just keep getting stuck?
Maybe you have an idea of what you want, it’s just that you can’t find ONE job or career that covers EVERYTHING!
There always seems to be a trade off…or something missing.
Maybe you have plenty of passions but you know that realistically they don’t meet the financial rewards that you’re looking for?
Maybe you have careers you’d love to go for, but you’re not up for going back to school and studying for three or four years?
Or maybe you have LOTS of careers where you like some parts of the role, but not all of it?
Confusing isn’t it?
If this sounds like you then there are a couple of roads you can take.
1. Multiple Careers
The first is to go for multiple careers instead of one.
What does this mean? Well it literally means that instead of having one, full time career, you do have the option to have two (or even more) part time careers.
This is a relatively new phenomenon, but one I’ve seen becoming more and more popular.
One of the benefits of having multiple careers, is that instead of trying to find one perfect career to meet all of your needs, you simply find two or more careers that cover everything.
So for example, if you’re super passionate about something that doesn’t necessarily pay very much (and wealth is important to you), then why not explore this passion part time or on weekends, while you work in another high paying role for the rest of the time?
When I was transitioning into my dream career, I had multiple careers for a while. I spent 3 days working in my advertising & marketing business while I started to build up my career coaching business.
The funny thing is – I remember really loving this combination! It meant that I had the financial security I craved from my advertising career but I also had the creative license to pursue something that I was truly passionate about.
The other thing I found rewarding about multiple careers is that, because you’re only doing something for 2-3 days – the frustrations that are often associated with that career in a full time role are less present.
This is because it’s less compounded when you’re only ever doing something for two or three days a week.
So if you have a career that has traditionally been in a full time capacity, that maybe you found fairly frustrating, then don’t discount trying this part time to see if it feels different when you have more space and time to focus on other things that you are passionate about.
2. Create your own career
The other option you have if you just can’t find a job or career that ticks ALL the boxes, is to create it yourself.
I guess this is kind of what I ended up doing in the end and it falls under the more entrepreneurial of the two options.
If you look at how entrepreneurs live, they are very rarely doing just one job, they’re usually wearing lots of hats (probably because many entrepreneurs are multi-passionate – you can read more about what it means to be multi passionate >>here).
The great thing about creating your own career is that you can design it exactly how you want.
Obviously sometimes there does need to be a bit of give and take, but when you’re creating your own entrepreneurial start up or freelance business, you always have the option to outsource those things that you don’t like doing.
A word of warning – if you don’t have a huge amount of capitol to invest initially then this may mean you have to do some things you don’t enjoy at the beginning until you get things off the ground, but know that down the track you have the option to outsource these things later on.
When I was setting up my own entrepreneurial business I was very clear that I didn’t want to get too heavily involved in the numbers side of things, and so I outsourced this to my husband pretty early on. Luckily for me, those spreadsheets that used to give me headaches from looking at them, are his absolute favourite thing to do in the world, so it worked out for everyone ☺
Another area I knew I didn’t want to focus too heavily on was the tech side of my business. As an online course creator, there is a fair bit of tech involved let me tell you! So this was the first thing I outsourced when I could afford it. And now I have someone on my books whose job it is to purely manage and fix all tech problems and this is just makes me SO HAPPY.
I guess the thing is, if I’d originally looked at my business and these aspects that I don’t love, then this could have stopped me pursuing something that is actually perfect for me.
Saying that, it was very clear that 80% of my business was VERY aligned to me: I just LOVED creating the program content, was obsessed with my subject matter of helping others to find their dream careers and loved writing for my blog. My background in marketing also helped a lot when it came to figuring out how to promote my business.
So if you do decide to go down this route, be sure to look ahead a little and notice which elements you could outsource down the track.
Regardless of which route you take, there’s one thing I know for sure and it’s this: there is always a way.
You’re dream career does exist; either it’s already out there (maybe in multiple careers) or maybe its patiently waiting to be created by yours truly.
So don’t waste another second my friend. Life is short. Get out there!
Tell me – which of these two routes resonated best with you? I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂
PS: Want a helping hand to find and do work you love? Join my free online Masterclass: Find a New Career in 30 Days. Register >>here.