By Jackie Smith
Executive Director, Career IMPACT Center
So many new graduates and ones who graduated years ago are looking for the “perfect” job or “perfect” career because they’re not enjoying or appreciating their current position. I hate to break this to you, but the perfect position does not exist.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11, which states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” If one truly believes this, then why be anxious about anything? It’s easy to read these words or offer this wisdom as advice, but it’s hard to live by them.
In my 20s and early 30s, I had my own plan and took the best steps I could do climb the corporate ladder. I listened to input from others and let the world define what constituted success.
Success was defined as a certain title, money and long days at the office; sacrificing my personal life. It took a near-death experience for me to stop living for myself (and others) and start living the life God planned for me. I re-evaluated my career, my life and everything I was doing. Every day, every moment I asked God to lead me. Ultimately, I left my job and listened to that quiet voice inside. I took a lower-paying job that was much more fulfilling in every way. Once I let go and let God lead, my life changed almost instantly!
Looking back, every job prepared me for each succeeding role. There is something to learn from every position. Your current job might not be your dream job or career, but go in each day, give it 100 percent, be joyful, learn, relax and know God is in control.
You may not understand the plan or path, but you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
Remember, GCU Career IMPACT Center is here to help you navigate your career path! Visit www.gcu.edu/careerservices to utilize any of our online tools to identify your ideal profession, build your resume, research career options or apply to current job postings! Employers are encouraged to apply for a Career Connections account to post jobs and/or internships for GCU students and alumni.