Posts tagged how to get a dream job
What changes once you turn 30.

Did a friend ever ask you how it feels being over 30? (If you are, of course.) Last night, I went out with one of my oldest friends who’s turning 30 next month, and after a beer he paused, looked worriedly in my eyes, and asked what he might have been thinking about for a while. What has changed for me since turning 30?

For me personally, nothing much really. However, what came to my mind was how sometimes I notice people believe that once they’re over 30, their path is set in stone and they’re doomed to do whatever they’re being paid for right now until the very end of their life. Whether they’re enjoying it or not. They look at the younger people around them who do what they wish they’d done at that age, or would be doing now, and they feel like their ship has sailed. They can’t and won’t ever be able to do that very thing.

I often hear how something’s not possible because one hasn’t studied the right subject or doesn’t have the right references. It feels to me like we ask for permission to do something. Like we want to be asked. We might want something, but we wait until someone finally sees our brilliance; our skills we had humbly kept a secret.

We wait to be allowed to pursue whatever we’d like to do and we forget that in the age of the social web, it’s actually never been easier to give ourselves the permission we’re hoping to receive from the universe. Truth is, it might never come unless you prove you’re worth receiving it.  

Let’s take the example of publishing a book. A couple of decades ago, you needed a publishing house to approach you and ask you whether you’d be up for writing a book. Now, you self-publish or set up a blog and you share with the world whatever you can’t keep to yourself anymore. Or if you want to have your art exhibited, you no longer need to find a gallery to take a risk on you. You can simply start an Instagram or a Tumblr feed and curate your art there. The literary agent might find your blog, or an art collector might discover you on Instagram or even Pinterest.

Fact is, references can be made up.

If you want people to ask you to do something, do it for yourself first. If you want to do something professionally, start doing it and don’t forget to share the results online. You can shift industries and careers and get into whatever field you’d like to by positioning yourself within that field. You can and should give yourself the permission to have a voice.

Start talking about the things you want to talk about, start publishing white papers, keynotes, online classes, and blog posts on the very subjects that would be relevant once you’d work in that field professionally. Join the conversation and don’t wait for that magic moment. Don’t wait for someone to offer to pay you for the talent you’re keeping a secret. That someone might never come.

Now it’s time to take the Monday seriously.

It's time to build your own website and start a blog. This is why.

December! You know what that means? Soon everyone will start asking you about your new year’s resolution. To make things easier I'll tell you what it should be: “In 2015, I’ll make a personal website and start a blog.” 

Having a blog is not necessarily about being a blogger. It’s not about trying to make money either. It’s about putting yourself out there. It’s about making your opinion, your work and your ideas accessible to a wider audience. Having a blog really is about letting people know what to approach you for. They don’t need to visit your website regularly. They don’t need to read every blog post you publish. But your website should exist so people recall you when something relevant crosses their paths.

You know how some people are on your radar although you never met them personally? Your website is a way to be that person.

Having your own website is a game of serendipity. It’s not about the numbers (ok, I am working on a newsletter that will help you with the numbers too). It's about the people who find your site and think it’s valuable. Your website and your blog are virtual doors for people to say ‘hello' and help you reach whatever you’re after. 

A website will make you more attractive to potential employers because they’ll have access to the ideas that matter to you. Potential clients will be able to find out what to hire you for and old friends will be able to react to your posts after they lost touch with you without seeming awkward. See, it’s all good things!

I am sharing these insights with you because I am currently working on a book for which I’ve interviewed several women about their careers. It truly impressed me how invaluable their websites, their blogs and their social media accounts have been for them. It will be a hands-on how-to guide with stories and tips, tricks and strategies to make next year truly successful. Expected release is mid January. 

Please send me your questions about shifting careers, starting off as a freelancer or founding a business which you want to see answered in the book. I really appreciate every input and every idea. Especially yours. 

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How to get to where you want to be, doing what you want to be doing.

Do you sometimes crave more time off, to do what you're really passionate about?

A friend of mine recently published an article after being paid to style a photo shoot: 

"I was in heaven. I guess you've found your dream job when you wonder all the time why you get paid for it.”

This sentence, the whole article, resonated with me. One question has been on my mind since: How do I want to be spending my time? What do I really want to do?

Usually, when I talk to my friends, they have a vision of what they want to be and where they want to work. But often these aims are dependant on other people’s decisions. And what happens if that particular person doesn’t give you the break you want so badly? Does it mean you should give up on your dream? 

Of course not!

If someone else doesn’t give you the chance you think you deserve, then you must create the opportunity for yourself:

  • If you want to be a museum curator, then start curating without the museum;
  • If you want to be a magazine editor, then it’s your time to self-publish a magazine on Issuu;
  • If you want to be a singer, you have to get out there and sing.

Now comes the argument about not having enough time and having bills to pay. We all do. I get it. But trust me, the most amazing careers started off as side projects.

Maybe you cannot be what you want to be tomorrow. But then again, what you want to be is your aim and aims are supposed to be big, right?

You can't take just one big step in life. No one can. You have to make several small steps to reach what you aspire to.

The question is - when are you going to take the first small step? 

Start small, get up a little earlier tomorrow and do a little bit of something you’re passionate about every day from now on. 

Enjoy the journey and keep me posted on your future side projects. As always, just comment below!

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