APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady answers your career questions and meets an inspirational CEO.
Here, she offers a reader advice on how to find a job she’s passionate about despite being at a company she values.
Q) I work in logistics and get paid pretty well, but the problem is that I’m really bored. I joined the company straight from university and have been promoted five times in the seven years I’ve been here, so I think I should stay with the company.
My degree is in Anthropology and I would like to use it to transition into a line of work that helps people and/or the planet. How do I even find the kind of job I want to do?
And how do I know if I have the right skills when I’ve worked in a position so far removed from my passions?
Layla, via email
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A) You’re still at the beginning of a (long!) working life, so you need to be doing something you’re genuinely interested in and passionate about.
While your company respects and values you, I’m sure they don’t expect you to be there at retirement age! Start thinking big – what would be your dream job?
Who would be your dream employer? Are there any gaps in your experience or qualifications that would prevent you from obtaining them?
Plan how to get there – start researching these companies and see what kind of roles they have. Update your LinkedIn profile, follow your professional heroes and connect with people in these industries.
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Reach out to talent and acquisition teams at the companies you work for to see if they have roles you would be a good fit for.
You will have many transferrable skills that you can apply to a new job and while you do your research you have the security of a steady income from your existing employer. Much luck!
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A day in the life of…
Louise Webster, 49, is the founder of award-winning parenting platform Beyondtheschoolrun.com. She lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire with her husband Andrew (51), a business developer, and their children Finlay (15) and Mila (11).
I wake up at…
6 o’clock in the morning. After a cup of hot water, I do 30-40 minutes of exercise – often yoga. Once the kids are done, we drive 10 minutes to school, and when I get home, I check email and messages before eating oatmeal and fruit.
A normal day includes…
I work in my gardening office, where on the wall is a Steve Jobs quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life… Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. ”
After checking my to-do list and sifting through my emails, I prepare daily and weekly content for our social media channels, newsletter and website before calling advertisers and social media collaborations or partnerships plans.
Right now we’re focusing on women and money, so I’m creating content with people in finance. Instead of stopping for lunch, I grab a snack and head outside for a bit, then in the afternoon it’s all about capturing Instagram Lives that I schedule for 12 or 2pm.
I always leave the management, planning, and preparation of social media artwork to the end of the day because these tasks require less brain power. I finish around 3.30pm and pick the kids up from school.
While sorting them, I might jot down ideas or my to-do list for the next day, but otherwise I try not to work.
The best thing about my job is…
Finding a meaning I never knew existed. The platform has given me a whole new perspective on life and work.
And the worst…
Elaboration of the most productive steps for the company in the available hours. That’s why daily exercise is important – it gives me mental clarity to decide what my next steps should be.
I relax by…
Put the kids to bed, take a bath, and turn off my devices. Getting work out of my head relaxes me!
- A New Way for Moms by Louise Webster (£12.99, Familius) is available on Amazon.co.uk.