What I Learnt From My 50 Different Jobs (Hint: Only Do What You Love) by Denise Duffield-Thomas

A Jill-of-All-Trades from a young age, I’ve had more than 50 jobs in my life – mainly because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I thought I’d test them all!

I had serious angst about my “purpose” and wandered through these jobs hoping for a bolt of inspiration to hit me.

I also had a serious commitment phobia. Although, I’ve always juggled several jobs at one time since High School and I’m not at all work-shy, I always made sure that I took on short term contracts, maternity covers or jobs that I could easily bail on if I wanted to. I just moved onto the next one, thinking it would be better.

By the way, if you’re nodding your head, then you’re not alone. Most people I talk to are struggling to discover their perfect career. Failing that, they’ve already found it but are struggling to make it a full time living or afraid to make a go for it.

No job is good or bad, but it’s how it makes you feel.

Some jobs I did just for money – waitress, telesales, commission only sales, office cleaner. I even participated in a medical experiment testing morphine based drugs. Many of these jobs were boring, badly paid and in the case of the experiment – dangerous for my health.

Is this you? You’re just there for the cash, you’re on an hourly wage with little room for promotion and you probably wouldn’t take it even if offered – you’re certainly not trying for it. You’re counting down the minutes until lunch and living for the weekends. You might even be compromising your health or sanity, because you feel like you don’t have a choice.

Some jobs I did because I thought they’d be good for my career – consultant, event manager or social media manager. Unfortunately, I quickly developed an allergy to the typical corporate environment and a very low tolerance to endless meetings. A few bad boss experiences gave me anxiety issues and undermined my confidence for the “high powered life”.

Is this you? You work in a cubical, you’re an Excel monkey and Dilbert is your hero. You play jargon bingo in meetings. You may earn a great wage but you feel like you’re selling your soul. You see your boss more than your friends or family. You dream about saving your money and quitting spectacularly to do… something else. Read more