Trend themes new forms of work
For the topic of New Work, New forms of work is always propagated in the media - I think only because of the many features on travel bloggers on Spiegel Online. It also sounds great and cool to work flexibly, when, how you want and to be able to choose your tasks.
Also at the "Zukunft Personal", the largest European trade fair for personnel management, the topic of new forms of work is rolled out more and more every year - and thus sets the direction for the personnel area.
The lure of the dream boy
The crucial question, however, is: is it really so tempting to pursue a dream job? After all, Confucius is credited with the saying: "If you love what you do, you will never work again." So off to a dream job?
In fact, I often read in the media about people who have found their dream job, for example as a dropout in the South Pacific or as a freelance artist. These stories have in common that the protagonist, often overnight, gives up his old job and often starts something radically new. The dream of many stress-stricken people who would rather hit their bosses on the table today than tomorrow.
Behind the scenes
Sounds simple, but it is not, if you take a closer look. The Dane Jesper Voss, for example, was headhunter in Luxembourg. To get more exercise and fresh air, today's 50 2005 gave up his stressful job and his home in Luxembourg - and instead founded his small tourism company Fanø Sport and Event on the Danish North Sea island of Fanø. Even today, he is sometimes stressed by the customers, working ten hours a day and more. But he is out and about, and can, among other things, follow his passion for Nordic cuisine during oyster safaris.
In order for things to get going, however, Voss first had to build up its local contacts step by step. And that shows the weakness of the media dream job stories: They like to keep silent that even new starts are not always easy. And that this includes more than "no longer want."
To the new beginning in the dream job belongs more
In the first step, a new start requires honesty, great courage, a structured approach, contacts, not infrequently financial reserves for the beginning and often also more work as well as discipline to implement a project.
There is no doubt that new forms of work or rebooting in a dream job can be liberation and solution if the existing situation is really untenable. For me personally, changes have always been improvements, from which I have learned something.
Change or stay
But that does not necessarily have to be this way: Confucius can also be understood as follows: Simply find joy in what one does, see annoying bosses and colleagues from a different perspective and - as boring as it sounds - maybe even be satisfied with the given situation ,
Stay or start again - the path to the dream job has many faces and the decision is up to everyone. Ex-HR manager and hotel manager Carinne Solo also had the courage to make a well-prepared new start.
A job that didn't fit
She was a French human resources specialist for twelve years Company, But the job, she says, didn't suit her. So she opened a small hotel in her hometown of Guingamp. “Today I can choose who I work with, make the decisions myself and do what I do best,” she explains. I was thrilled with the joy and vigor with which she devotes herself to her new task:
With the help of family and neighbors, she personally renovated the hotel and also completed training in gastronomy and accounting. She gets up at 4 a.m. every morning to work 19 hours. And while in the past a large apartment, a convertible and long-distance travel were normal, today almost every cent goes into the hotel. "It's not a paradise, but I'm happier," she says.
Why people get stuck in spite of all dissatisfaction
This is not for everyone: psychologist and book author Tom Diesbrock advises people on a new start and has identified reasons why, despite great discontent, many prefer to sit on dead horses than to switch over:
For example, because the old job may seem frustrating, but it is safe. Because others do the same. Or because it's more convenient. Nobody can blame that: starting over is not easy. In addition to courage, it also requires perseverance and determination. A certain amount of suffering is often necessary. And sometimes the living conditions are not favorable, then patience is required.
Important: do not knock everything over
It is important to act carefully and not to immediately overturn everything out of dissatisfaction: When changing industries, new contacts have to be established - for example, by simply speaking to people who work in the job they want. Additional qualifications may be required.
Carinne also prepared accordingly and was able to rely on a stable network. And she doesn't look at her previous job with resentment, but sees it as a necessary learning phase. This is the only way to make a fresh start with the right mix of optimism, courage and thoughtful action as well as an appropriate network.
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