I wish I could tell you I have had only a couple of jobs in my career. Truth being told, there is nothing further from the truth. It took much longer than I would have ever anticipated to find my niche. When I graduated from college, I had no idea what I wanted to be “when I grew up”. Eighteen years later, I am closer, but a curve ball could come at me at any moment that could change my career direction. The best I can do is continue to grow as an individual. Recruitment is my expertise and undoubtedly my gift, but truthfully and as a faithful individual I am always listening to how I should use my gift.
How are you going to find out what you are going to enjoy doing and what you are supposed to be doing without giving things a try? Some people know early in life what they want to do with their career. A sad and realistic fact is that most won’t ever find out. They spend their lives in dead end jobs. Why? They don’t challenge themselves to really find their gift. They don’t listen and they don’t ask for advice. It is a frustrating process to say the least, but worthwhile. We are here for a reason, and we should spend our lives trying to find that reason.
Gary Allen wrote a song called “Right Where I Need to Be”. In Gary’s song, he sings: “There’s a plane flyin’ outta here tonight; With an empty first class seat; ‘Cause I’ve finally got all my priorities in line; And I’m right where I need to be”. Where are you supposed to be? Where are your priorities? Are you utilizing the gifts given to you to make you a better person? What about using the gifts to make the world a better place to live in and others around you better?
How do you go about finding your gift? How are you going to make a difference? Believe me when I say there is no wrong profession. We need engineers, school teachers, doctors, nurses, sales people, farmers, actors, marketing minds. Heck, you may be meant to be the next President of the United States. Are you an introvert, or an extavert? We need you. There is a purpose for you. You have a gift that makes you uniquely different from the other person.
So please, don’t give up. It is a lifetime journey. If you fail or get discouraged, it is normal and it will only make you stronger. It is our failed experiences that help make us into the individuals we are today. When you think you have it all figured out, don’t be surprised when you get a curve ball. Be prepared and listen. You never know what is in store for you.