Why It’s OK To Have Multiple Careers

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One of the most common questions I get is “How do I figure out what to do for a living?

And I get it. I struggled with this for many years. After investing a hefty amount of time and moolah into my education, I felt like I had to stick around as an Engineer and wait for things to get better.

Well, they never did. And it wasn’t for lack of support or opportunity (I’ve always been one to thrive in less than ideal situations and actually used disadvantages, such as being a foreigner, the bad economy, etc to propel forward). My problem with my former career was the lack of alignment with my core desires.

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And suddenly you get sweaty palms, thinking you’re going to be one of those “job hoppers” instead of having that nice stable career you always dreamed of (or was it your parents that dreamed of it? Eh, who cares at this point).

Well my friend, no worries. Lucky for you, you’re not alone! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before the age of 40! And this number is projected to grow.

Are you surprised? I was!

I remember the first time I read that statistic, my jaw dropped. That’s a huge number!

So, here’s the deal. I want you to take a nice deep breath and say with me:

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You’ll realize just how liberating this concept is.

Plus, you’ll finally give yourself permission to go out there to experiment and try things out.

Allow me to use my own journey as an example:

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I went from being a chocolatier (best job ever and perhaps the reason why I am now a chocolate addict), then embarked in my engineering career, while in engineering I dabbled in a few things, including freelancing as a translator, and later became a Mary Kay beauty consultant. This last gig stirred up a couple of things in me:

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The journey doesn’t end there though. As I continued to work my day job and hustle my side gig, I realized that I wasn’t satisfied with the thought that selling make up was my “calling”. There was so much more to me than pretty pink hues and waterproof mascara.

So, I started brainstorming ideas. I followed many of the same principles I have shared with you here, and continued to go deeper through the process (which then became my juicy upcoming online program that I can’t wait to reveal to you soon).

I realized that I loved connecting with people at a soul level. I apparently had a lot to say, because I just loved yapping all day. And I really longed for reconnecting with my roots. So, I thought… hmm, Diversity Training! Perfect, I can combine speaking, teaching and standing up for my peeps. It felt like I had hit jackpot! Only to soon realize that it would still keep me stuck in the mundane corporate world that I was so disenchanted with, and I would be actually working on behalf of corporations instead of the people I wanted to connect with (Passionate and Creative women).

Damn! Another missed target.

I soon started to panic! Am I EVER going to figure out what I actually want to do?

It was then that I realized that I was doing it all wrong! I was actually making all of my “career shift” decisions coming from the place I was standing in: a pile of engineering drawings inside a grey cubicle.

I needed to step out of that box (both literally and figuratively) to see beyond my current reality. And this was the turning point of my journey.

Enter “Canelita Bakery” (no longer in service, although my little entrepreneur daughter wants to buy it from me. I think I’ll strike a deal). I fell in love with the idea of starting this little artisan baked goods company, southern style with a Latin twist. It wasn’t long into the Farmer’s Market ordeal that I realized that although I loved baking, I didn’t like baking for others.

But something finally clicked! It was through that journey that The Guava Project was born. I knew I had a dormant entrepreneur inside of me all along. I discovered talents I didn’t know I had. I realized that I love being creative in a structured way. And I knew how to bring it all together.

My point is, you won’t just wake up one day and scream “Eureka!” because suddenly your life purpose has been presented to you.

Creating a career that is in alignment with who you truly are is a journey, a beautiful wind-sucking process that will take you to places you never knew existed within you. It takes time, experimenting and a heck of a lot of courage. You will need to open up your soul and welcome vulnerability. Heal wounds from past horrific job experiences. And be willing to step out of your comfort zone. But it is possible and so invigorating to do work that you love! Trust me, it makes Mondays a piece of cake!

Now it’s your turn gorgeous! Which job has been your favorite so far and why?



Abrazos,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.

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Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.