Finding my dream job: accidentally techie
How did you land your dream job, or are you still searching for it? We asked readers to tell us their journey to a great career. You have to drag Cara Williams kicking and screaming from her current job.
Like many people, I have ended up in a very different field than the one I trained for.
I trained for a medical role, but have ended up working in the ICT realm.
I started off doing grunt work for a large organisation, chosen because of its size. I reasoned that there'd be plenty of room for advancement. While working there I saw an advertisement for what became my current role.
It's such a niche role that I'm planning on expanding my general IT knowledge in the long term, as I'm not sure I'd be able to transfer the knowledge I've gained to other companies. But in the meantime, this is the best job I've ever had.
- The money is great. It's the first job I've ever had where the wage is something that I can actually live on. The rent comes and I'm not scrabbling to find funds to cover it. The power bill comes and I just pay it - I don't have to budget for it.
- Hours are flexible; we can pretty much start and finish when we like.
- The other people in the team are amazing, so intelligent and hardworking. Honesty compels me to admit, however, that it took me a while to warm up to them, they were a bit cliquey for the first six months. Now it's perfect.
- The work is challenging without being too challenging, and there's a great atmosphere of team members supporting each other. If one of us runs into a problem we've got the rest of the team to ask for help.
- My immediate supervisor is fantastic, he was promoted from within the ranks so he knows the job inside and out. He's funny, courteous and professional. If you have a problem, he's the one who can help you solve it.
- My manager is absolutely lovely, he's funny, kind and efficient. I went to him with a work problem a few weeks ago, which could have ended badly with many of the managers I've had in the past. Not only did he treat my problem with concern and discretion, he had some really great advice about how to handle it as well.
It's not all sunshine and rainbows, of course, but I won't be quitting this job any time soon. They'd have to drag me out kicking and screaming.