Tag: vocation

3D Juggling 473: Seven Years On

Claire writes: “I had coffee last week with John who I had met for a ten minute conversation in 2003 after his job had been made redundant. He wanted to talk then about career change and finding the right fit… or at that stage, any fit. We’ve exchanged occasional emails and this was an opportunity to talk more.

He was hardly recognisable. The diminished and downtrodden man has transfomed into someone who, two jobs on, is confident and has begun to use skills he didn’t know he had. It was a privilege to catch up on some of the missing parts of the story. Seven years ago he had no idea this kind of job existed and he has found something which is for him, truly vocational, working in a public sector organisation and having influence internationally.

For John, what had been important was being clear about skills that would make money and being willing to take a job which used them and provided for his family. And he held the vision. It was the second job which has harnessed his talents and passions.

Are you clear about what your skills are – and what are strengths and what are passions? Is your job harnessing these?’

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3D Juggling 468: Hole in The Wall

Claire writes: “I was with a group last week talking about finding the right fit job. Too often, I think, we imagine that a new job needs to be either the perfect fit or simply OK because at the moment any job will do.

It may be that finding a job that pays the bills is enough. But if you’re going to find a role which can be an opportunity to use your strengths and passions and get paid for it, you may need to find a better fit. Once you’ve done some work to identify your skills and begun to explore which you are good at, which you are passionate about, and more importantly which are both, then it’s time to find what might fit.

So how do we find out what will fit? Remember that the job doesn’t have to be an exact fit – in fact that would mean there was no room for you to grow and develop. Your next job needs to be a good enough fit. It’s rather like Hole in The Wall, the BBC entertainment show (if you’re interested!). when the teams have to move to fit the shape of the hole coming at speed towards them. If they don’t adapt to fit through the hole, they get knocked into a swimming pool. If they have to adapt too much, I imagine that it’s both painful and unsustainable. On the show, you would not want to have to put your left leg by your right ear to fit. The same is true with a job!

So what is a good enought fit, for you?”

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3D Juggling 440: Destinations

Claire writes: ‘On our holiday last week with only 20m visibility in the Dorset fog, we had to hold on to the hope that we would end up in Dorchester. And we did! I had been reading ‘Woman on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown’ a hysterical novel by Guardian journalist Lorna Martin. The lead character says “If you don’t have a destination, you can never fail to get there, but you will end up drifting along forever.”

Look around, and those who know what they are working for tend to be much happier and more fulfilled at work than those who don’t. Purpose is really important. In his book ‘Path to Purpose‘, academic Patrick Damon’s research supports this. He expands to say that purpose also needs to include other people. Which is what Aristotle said all along: where your talents and the needs of the world collide, there lies your vocation.

Where is yours? Or are you still in the fog?

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Managing Faith in the Workplace

Jackie Nelson from CABE has done a great summary of the evening which you can download from https://www.3dcoaching.com/about_work/managing_faith_in_the_workplace.phtml

3D Juggling 384: Meaning

Claire writes: ‘The Work Foundation’s report ‘Inwardness: The Rise of Meaningful Work’ connects with a recent survey which suggested that 70% of employees want fulfillment at work. The challenge is that employers can’t impose meaning and purpose on their employees. Workers will find it on their own, or not. We call it vocation, whether or not someone has a faith.

Aristotle said: ‘Where your talents and the needs of the world collide, there lies your vocation.’ I would expand that by saying that talents are what we are both good at and passionate about.
I spoke to a man last week who was uncertain about future directions. Mid conversation we stopped and I asked: “What will be different if you REALLY know that this workplace is where you are meant to be.” ‘Everything’, he answered. Everything has changed in him. Nothing has changed at work.

Meaning and purpose certainly don’t have to come from faith, but continuing lastw eek’s theme, one of the benefits of valuing faith in the workplace is that people who do have faith will have a priority to serve their employer and to serve God. Hopefully that brings a foundation of purpose. I recently heard a nurse talk about difficulties in a hospital where many staff are disillusioned and wanting to leave. ‘I believe God wants me to do this job. I’m not leaving’ she said. Employers can’t impose meaning and purpose. This nurse has found it for herself.

Do you feel fulfilled at work? And do you create an environment which allows others to find meaning and purpose in what they do?’

PS This connects interestingly with some research on the world in 2018 conducted by the Chartered Institute of Managers.

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Vocation

This is a great resource with a good book list if you’re exploring vocational questions:

http://www.aftersunday.org.uk/vocation