Have you ever had that feeling where you’ve been working so hard for such a long time and then in one day you are made to feel worthless? Like everything you have learned up until this time was a waste of time?
In the words of the man who spoke to a friend of mine when he was being interviewed for a position at his company: “You are caged. You do not know anything. You have spent three years working and yet no company of this size would ever take you.”
When we decide we want to go to school in this country, do we go for what we really want or do we go for the course that will gain us the fastest entry into a tertiary institution?
Do we really understand what the future holds or are we simply “going with the flow of the moment” hoping that things will sort themselves out as we go along?
I have a friend who works in a bank just like myself and while trying to find a different job since he hasn’t moved up the ladder of his institution, he was met with the roadblock of: “why should we employ you?”
An easy question right? You want to dazzle them with your fine face and wonderful presentation and tell them how resourceful you are and all of that but the truth is, other than your “book skill” and what you’ve learned on the job, why should a company really employ you? Why should they pay you so much when they could just pick anyone else and train them?
What makes you special? Why do you decide to do what you do? When you wake up each morning going to work, how do you feel? When you get to the office, how does it motivate you?
Do you wonder what you’re doing and how you found yourself there or are you always energised when you have to get on the grind?
I believe the time has come when we need to examine ourselves, when we need to examine our motivations and our aspirations and ask ourselves why we chose the current jobs we have.
Is there a chance for growth? Will it provide opportunities outside of our places of employment and does it add value to you as a person?