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Glenford Smith | Unhappy with current job

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Q: I have been reading some of your articles in The Sunday Gleaner and they have led me to write to you. I have always wanted to become a writer and broadcaster since high school. Since I graduated from university, I have been having difficulty getting a job in the media field. I am currently working but not happy at what I am doing. I have written two books thus far and would love to get them published. Can you give me some advice as to what to do?


A: Thank you for reading The Sunday Gleaner articles and for writing in.

You have one thing in your favour: you know what you want. Now, don't you take that lightly. Most people do not know what they want, and that is the hardest job in helping someone else to get what they want.

Don't allow anyone to turn your mind from what you want. Other people can only talk to you based on what they can see. They do not know your motivation; the strength of your conviction. Listen to everyone, but you make the final decision.

Congratulations on successfully completing your university studies. Now, as I understand it, you have got a job, but it's not to your liking. You have been having some difficulties getting a job in the media field, which is really what you want.

The first thing to note is that it is not unusual to have this difficulty. What is crucial is not that you are having difficulty in your job search. The critical thing is what you do in response to the difficulties being experienced.


Don't take a resigned attitude


You cannot make your circumstances dictate how you show up. Refuse to believe that a job is not there for you in the area that you want. Don't become downcast, discouraged, and disappointed. Don't take a resigned attitude when you get a bit of negative news.

Watch who your closest associates are. Don't surround yourself with murmuring, complaining people. Make sure that you are surrounded by positive and upbeat people. They will motivate and empower you to keep on trying new ways to let more and more people know your need.

Whether you are happy or unhappy is up to you. You can be happy if you see this as a phase that you are passing through. Hardly anyone one gets his ideal job right after school, so see yourself in a learning environment. Have the right attitude with the job you have, and prepare for when you're doing your ideal job.

You say you intend to be a writer and have written two books. Well then, start publishing! Don't wait for a publisher to find you! If you can find one, well then, good for you, but don't sit around waiting for one to show up. The tools of publishing have been democratised so that you can reach your audience yourself. Use Google or Wordpress and start a free blog.

You seem to be a young person. You have one life to live, so grab it! Do the things that will represent fulfilment and satisfaction for you.

Good luck to you!

- Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'.