Do What You Love vs. Just Do It
It seems around the six-month mark, when the job is no longer shiny and we’ve stopped running round trying to find our feet, first-time full-timers start the descent into “what am I doing” territory.
Each morning alarm gets set for later and later (at 6.28am I’ll be waaay more rested than 6.26am), the morning commute becomes an almighty struggle and you start to question whether marketing is actually for you - I think I was actually born to be a chef?
Following in the footsteps of millenials, we have been encouraged to study anything our hearts desire (hello sociology minor) and our non-sciencey achievements have been celebrated with more gusto than anyone’s before us. Enjoyment is crucially factored into the 9 to 5 and we are told to relish every minute. Never has “do what you love and love what you do” been more the battle cry of a generation. But where is the line - are there times when we should troop on through and Just Do It, to one day do what we love?
It’s hard to write those thoughts without sounding like a grumpy old man (gees dad), but what if the six month hurdle is there to propel you to the seventh month, heck even one year placement, so that when you finally do land your dream job you can actually do what you love and do it well, with all the clumsy mistakes and experiences behind you? Perhaps we have been terribly misguided by the mantra “find something you love to do, and you'll never have to work a day in your life”, because surely as much as she loves music, even Taylor Swift is hard at work some days battling Kimye?
We aren’t advocating trudging through each day leaving behind a trail of doom and gloom, at some point you will know you have grown to hate ‘x’ with all your heart. For us, it was one year into our law/music degrees that we realized we had hastily scrambled down the wrong path and are now all the better for moving to greener pastures (what’s an extra year). But if you’re at the bottom of the ladder holding the coffees, knowing that somewhere upstream lies a desk with a sparkly account manager title, maybe, just maybe, stick it out. Or give up and move to France, wine and cheese is a career path suited to anyone.