Fear of the Unknown

Social Education: So you hate your job?

Part 3

Besides first spelling fear sol, la, ti, I had also started with big, bold block letters. Sometimes fear is that ominous, but the fear we are talking about here is of the unknown.

Sure. Okay. We shouldn’t belittle this kind of fear because it’s a serious obstacle to overcome but in this piece, I don’t want to give the word any more credit than it deserves because although the feeling is real, the small letter version of the word isn’t.

YOU AREN’T REAL!

Yup. It’s still there. Staring back at me, but what is staring back at me? A feeling.

Wait a minute ….

There. Now it’s just a few little obstacles lying in the way. They are still large in my eyes because they are hurdles I haven’t allowed myself to face in some fifteen or so years. I have applied for one internal job in almost twenty-three years. Of course resumes, job searches, worrying about finances and my own self-worth are elevated but with anything, the key is to just start. Somewhere. Ideally a small task to build some momentum and to get a sense that you can do this.

I guess these blog posts are just that. Something small. Something I know. Writing. Blogging. Expressing my thoughts. That’s still scary of course because now I am talking about it. Now I need to take some action either way. Find happiness in place, or be serious about either taking the leap or some serious steps towards a new professional future.

Another suggestion from that initial Facebook post, was to talk to my employment manager wife. I am lucky in those regards. We have had some high level discussions in the past and we will talk more in the coming days, but that’s not where you the reader can start. No government funding employment agency can see me because I am employed.

You will notice I stroked out the word not above because I will be sharing our discussions here, and because regardless of your current employment status, you can start with PATH.

Within each post, I will share a video that I have watched from PATH’s YouTube channel where Catherine Johnstone interviews local people from all walks of life, talking about their career journey’s and advice from their life experiences.

Below, I am sharing a conversation with another friend whom I first met while running for school board trustee in 2014. She’s a wonderful lady who has boosted my self worth on more than a few occasions, and I know you will enjoy listening in on this discussion too.

Here are a few quotes from Anne that struck me.

“It doesn’t have to be forever. If you don’t like something, life is too short to stick around. If you like something, you feel you are personally growing and learning, stick with it. If that’s not the way it’s working out, respectfully move on. Never burn your bridges. ”

Anne Tennier, President and CEO of CCOHS | CCHST, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. https://www.ccohs.ca/

“You need a social license to operate. We all want a sense of pride in the workplace. If you don’t have that. It’s a long day when you don’t have pride in your organization.

Anne Tennier, President and CEO of CCOHS | CCHST, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. https://www.ccohs.ca/

“Don’t be afraid of opportunities if they come up. Don’t be held to something you don’t like by thinking you have to be there forever. You spend 8-10 hours a day at work. If you are not happy at work, you have to exercise your own power to change it.”

Anne Tennier, President and CEO of CCOHS | CCHST, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. https://www.ccohs.ca/

“Working with people, motivating people , understanding the people element of work, is more important than the technical aspects. There is always someone who has the technical skills, but if you as a professional can’t master what it’s like to manage people, to work with people, to inspire people, you are not going to be successful. Work is all about people. People make work happen.”

Anne Tennier, President and CEO of CCOHS | CCHST, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. https://www.ccohs.ca/

“Have a reasonable foundation on the technical side, but really understand what motivates people. People are the common theme.”

Anne Tennier, President and CEO of CCOHS | CCHST, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. https://www.ccohs.ca/

You can follow along with the conversation on Facebook or preferably because Facebook doesn’t play nice, start your own thread below. I would love to hear your stories as I venture down my own path to now what, and for more people to learn from you as well.

You can also reach out to me at justwefamilyblog@gmail.com.

What’s Next? Part 2 | Part 4

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