4 Ways to Tackle Job Uncertainty

 
Are you wondering how to find the right job? Did you recently graduate and feel uncertain about what to do next? Girl, I feel you. You are not alone in your job search. In this blog post, we are discussing 4 ways to deal with your job uncertainty, how to move forward, and how to find the right job for you. Click through to read!

*All images are by the lovely Mikayla Christiansen.

“You are a sophomore now, I recommend you choose a major very soon.” 

Those words pressured me to the point of picking up a book filled with a list of majors. Right there and then I flipped through the list and picked the one my finger fell on: Communication Sciences and Disorders. {Quickly googling the job placement statistics…..98%. Holy goodness, dad would be proud.}  

After one intro course, I was in. There you have it. A girl who was confident, independent, and sure of herself her whole life chose her life-long career randomly out of a book. She picked it not knowing the requirements… one being receiving a master’s degree to work in the field. 

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Flash forward to 24 years old. 

Here I go. Into the real world. The real word of speech therapy: a career I chose completely at random due to feeling extremely pressured. Not only did I choose it, but I stuck with it for six years. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and my randomly selected career path. I love the individuals that I have had the opportunity to work with. However, I have learned now, at the age of 27… regardless of if you randomly picked your profession with the word “confused” written on your forehead or you knew it your entire life… you will always at some point experience uncertainty. 

 

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Uncertainty is normal. 

Just think about this for a second: Choosing one thing to do for your entire life in one work space seems inhuman. We as humans like change. We like challenges. We have many desires, and we have many passions. One career path seems so mundane when there are endless things in this world that we love and are capable of doing.

 

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Acknowledge your uncertainty when it shows up. 

I was in denial of my career uncertainty until recently. Whether you go to school for two years or eleven years, when your heart starts telling your brain that all the student debt and years in school are not matching up with your overall career satisfaction, it is hard to accept. 

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How do you know if you are having career uncertainty? Answer these questions honestly…

What do you think about before you fall asleep? Is it the difference you made at work? How happy work made you? OR is it visions of other dreams and passions you desire to accomplish? Are you working multiple jobs? 

This has been a consistent problem for me. Two jobs in high school, three jobs in college, and FIVE jobs in my married-adult-career life. It has gotten progressively worse over the years. I can boil it down to this: when you are subconsciously or consciously yearning to find your career niche in life, you seek out various and diverse work opportunities to see if any new jobs keep your passion flame lit. Until you finally feel your passion burning within your soul, you will keep seeking out other areas. 

 

 
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1| Accept Your Uncertainty

Once you find the uncertainty,  accept it. Communicate your uncertainty to others (e.g. friends, boyfriend, husband, grandma). This can relieve some anxiety or stress surrounding your every day confusion. Know that everything happens for a reason. You chose your career path for a reason: to make a difference in that field to a specific person, to meet your best friend in your college program, to give your body time to grow and change, to become a more well-rounded person to help you in future endeavors you may choose. It happened for a reason. Remember that. Stay positive. Accept it. 

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2| Ask Yourself “Why?”

Your co-workers? Your office? Too small? Too many people? The things that are required of you at your job? The stress you encounter at work? Other dreams and passions keep fogging up your brain? If it is one of the first three things listed above, good news! A simple conversation with your boss or a change to a new job site can solve this! Any of these three things can cause career uncertainty, confusion, stress, and frustration. If you answered yes to the last one listed or all of them… it may be time to do some soul searching. Let's find your grace and purpose within that beautiful soul of yours. 

 

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3| Find Your Grace

Know that you are not alone. There are plenty of people out there who dream and think of other passions during their day job. Give yourself a break from thinking. Mediate. Breathe in and out. Be still. Be quiet. Be thankful for your journey. Hear your heartbeat. It is beating because you were put on this earth for a reason. A reason that may take you a while to find, but in time… you will find it. I promise. Pat yourself on the back for discovering the root of the uncertainty. That is not an easy task. Keep doing the work you have to do and take quiet moments to reflect on what direction your heart is leading you in.  

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4| Find Your Purpose

What do you think about before you close your eyes at night? What do you see others doing that you wish you could learn/do? What do you obsessively think about? What is that ONE thing you always told yourself “well maybe one day… (when I have more money/time to do it).” Is there something that you love/have always been highly involved in… that you always told yourself “there is no way I could turn this into a career” (hello there, self-doubt!) Is there a hobby you loved as a teenager/early adult that you pushed to the side because you were “too busy” with school/life? Is there a skill that you do that prompts others to remind you of how good you are at it? + When you hear their praise... do you feel your soul and passion light on fire? 

If you answered YES to any of the questions above AND can think of that ONE thing your heart and soul won’t stop thinking about... It is time to start soul searching and find your purpose. 

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It is important to remember that everyone’s journey to purpose looks different. 

Some get to the finish line faster than others. Some sprint with a lot of cheering and support from the side lines. Some walk on their own, balancing all the facets of life, bills, children, and a 9-5 they do not have the resources to quit yet. Whether your purpose becomes a long-term side-hustle or replaces your 9-5 job, know that it is your journey to embrace and be proud of. You will get tired. You will feel defeated. You will want to quit at times. The truth is, nothing great in life ever comes from anything easy. Dig those feet deep into the ground and keep pushing until you get there. Because once you cross that finish line, your world will make so much more sense to you. You will feel so much more purpose. You were put on this earth for a reason, and the journey to get there is beautiful. Remember that. 

 

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How do you combat job uncertainty? Share with us below!

 

 
 
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My name is Krista Lynn, and I am a 27-year-old gal who loves the simple things in life. I own six chickens + one English Setter who keep me in line! In my free time, I like to seek adventure, fish, camp, take photos, and be outdoorsy. I have found grace in my journey of working a full time job + pursuing photography on the side. I hope to inspire other women in their journey of finding their true purpose.

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