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What is a “Career Home”?

What Is a Career Home?

You don’t need to spend time trying to find your “dream career.” Instead, focus on finding a career home. Simply put, that’s a career that feels like home. But you’ll need to know what a career home looks and feels like.

WHAT IS A CAREER HOME?

1 | It feels like you. You don’t have to put on an act, opinion, or even clothes that don’t feel like you. You get to be the same person at work that you are at home. There’s minimal divide between work and life; because they’re more integrated, you spend your day feeling more like you.

2 | It speaks to your sense of purpose. You feel driven to do the work that you do, and it’s that drive that makes getting up and going work in the morning a pleasure. You might even wake up at 2:30 am because you’re so excited about your work that you can’t sleep. You don’t have to countdown the hours until 5 pm; the time seems to fly by. You get to spend time in a heightened flow state.

3 | It’s energizing. You work, sure. You get worn out sometimes, sure. But most of the time you have energy left over at the end of the day to enjoy your life. You’re lit from within, and that fire fuels you around the clock, not just when you’re at your job.

4 | It makes a contribution. You love it, but it’s not just about you. It’s about how you get to change a corner of the world that you’re in a unique position to champion. This feels incredible.

5 | It’s a choice. Your career home is not a pre-destined fate. You don’t have to find your One True Purpose or your calling or anything else mystical. Don’t worry that if you don’t find it now you’ll have missed your chance at happiness forever. You choose it; it doesn’t materialize out of the ether and ordain you as its earthly guardian.

6 | It can change. You probably don’t want to hear this part, but there’s no “find it once” guarantee. You change. What matters to you changes. You must let your career home evolve as you do. This is not a problem; it’s a new career paradigm. For the Baby Boomers, finding one job and sticking with it until retirement was par for the course. It’s not like that anymore. You’re not flawed or broken if you change jobs, or even entire careers, as you pursue new career homes.

7 | It’s not dependent on your passions. You don’t have to “find your passion” to do something love. You can love what you do without using what you love as the way in. Get behind this idea and it will change your career forever.

8 | It’s not relegated to any one sector. There are not certain fields or job titles that qualify as “home worthy” and others that do not. Any kind of career can be home to the right person. It’s not about the content of the career, it’s about your relationship to it.

9 | It demands that you become a better person. Your career home has high standards, and you’ll have to be your highest self to meet the demand. That means you’re not who you need to be now in order to do your Homecoming Career. Grow yourself; the career will follow.

  1. singsthemagpie@gmail.com

    July 15th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    This is a lovely post — thank you for sharing.

  2. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    July 15th, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you, Meg. Love seeing you and your coffee cup here šŸ™‚

  3. Drvickie@renegadehealing.com

    July 16th, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    This was a wonderful and insightful post. My favorite point is that it demands you to become a better person. So important to hear when you are trying to stretch and grow into that home career. Thanks so much for another great post.

  4. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    July 16th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks, Vickie!

  5. hello@annaost.com

    July 16th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Laura,
    Another great post!

    I had an aha-moment recently: to me, career homecoming means coming home to myself.
    I’ve been in an (awesome and messy) transition period in my career this past year, and I’ve learned 3 things (with the help of your book and your blog):

    1. If we open us up to possibilities and say yes to career opportunities the world is offering us right now, we may land in awesome places we couldn’t even imagine! So, really, just try — even if it’s not something you’re “interested in” or “passionate about” initially and uncover the meaning of it.

    2. When we embrace change it becomes significantly less scary over time.
    Which is exactly why, to me, career home is about being grounded in myself.

    3. It’s going to be challenging and that’s the only way to grow: we need to be ready for our career home, and that doesn’t happen easily in an instant: it’s a process, and not an easy one — but so worth it! Seek support — we don’t have to go it alone!

    Thank you for your work, Laura!

    Anna

  6. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    July 16th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Yes! Anna, you can write the next book šŸ™‚ You’ll see that theme of “coming home to yourself” in the fall launch of YCH, because that’s exactly what it is.

  7. redhen67@yahoo.com

    July 18th, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Yes, Laura – all of those things! That’s what I strive for in my business. Sometimes I lose sight of some of those facets, so good to have a reminder.PS – like the new ‘real you’ photos!

  8. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    July 25th, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks, Jennifer!

  9. 1curiouswriter@gmail.com

    July 19th, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Interesting point that you don’t have to use what you love… could you expand on that, or is there another post about it? I think I get what you mean but just curious.

  10. laura@yourcareerhomecoming.com

    July 25th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Hannah! There’s more about this here: http://yourcareerhomecoming.com/passion/

  11. lisaorgler@gmail.com

    July 31st, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Fabulous and inspiring post Laura!

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