Maybe you’ve done everything right. Maybe you chose your favourite field, owned it in Grad School and got the ‘perfect job’ right out of College. Your first month was a dream, your colleagues soon became your family and you’d wake up before your alarm each day, to skip your way to work.
But then things start changing. Your cubicle buddies are too loud and chatty, you snooze the alarm six times before you grumble your way to the bathroom and you pray for heavy rains and city strikes so you can stay in. Weekends become your deliverance and Monday mornings, the devil incarnate.
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According to a Herzberg and Clark (1957) who have performed extensive research on the relationship between employee age and job satisfaction, job satisfaction is U-shaped in age with higher levels of morale among young workers, but this declines after the novelty of employment wears off and boredom with the job sets in.
This mostly attributes to people post-30, who are faced in the moral dilemma of stability vs. passion. People are scared to switch their base in entirety, because there’s always the risk of falling flat on your face. Their argument stems from the fact that their current job may not arouse any interest or passion in them anymore, but it’s tried and tested- and safe. And probably part of the blue-print anyway.
Suzy Greaves, respected life-coach and author of ‘Making the Big Leap’ says, “We are encouraged to be successful, to go for money, status, the big car, the title, but when we get all that, we may not be happy. Often it hits people around 33, when they decide they have done it all in their career and they want to find fulfilment instead.”
People are afraid to take a leap into the unknown because there’s always a tremendous risk accompanying it. They list out more cons than pros, and convince themselves that they are content because the alternative makes no promises. Having worked at a company for ten or more years has a rhythmic and familiar style to it, however growth-stunting it may be. They know the packages, the perks and the hours to be put in by rote and know they’re good at what they do.
What’s the point of being in a dead-end job you can’t wait to retire out of? Why wake up counting hours till you can go to sleep again?
Marc Freddman, CEO and founder of Encore.org, coined the term ‘encore career’ in 2009 which ‘seeks to combine a sense of purpose with public-service passion and a pay-check for people in their 50s and 60s’.
The percentage of employees who are craving their individual ‘encore careers’ has taken a sharp rise in the recent years. People want to quit their jobs in hopes of finding new ones that will not only inspire them, but which will also provide them with security and high returns.
Here’s a list of reasons to go out there and live your ‘second’ dream job and to make sure, this one sticks.
So give yourself a second chance to live your dream job, give it your all and don’t ever look back again. Remember, the world is yours for the taking.
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