An interview with Dr Wee Hong Ling, a former research fellow with NASA who found her passion in pottery. How did she discover her career calling? What were her career anchors? Watch the video for insights on how you might navigate the career choices in your life. Plus here are my thoughts after my interview with Hong Ling.
Different life experiences and development of hobbies provide you different perspectives of life. So actively seek out new experiences and develop diverse interest beyond work. Being open to opportunities as it presents itself and seize the day. You never know where it might lead you. Finally, when you find what you love to do, do it really well.
Switching from the disciple we were trained in to another requires us it identify and face our fears (such as fears of rejection and fears of not being good enough) and to immerse ourselves in the new learning.
Be Leveraging on your Skills
Know that the skills and experience that you have accumulated over the years do not go to waste. They can serve as a good foundation for you as you transit or skills that you can leverage on for success in the new career or role.
Be honest to yourself. Do you jump out of bed in the morning, eager to get to work? If not what can you do towards growing your enthusiasm for what you are doing or do you know what role or you can do that would cause you to have a higher level of eagerness?
Be Navigating your Work-Life
Leveraging technology to serve you and not be a slave to it – for productivity and connectivity with others you care about. Consciously plan each day so that at the end of the day, you feel fulfilled because you have done that which is important to you.
Take action today. Love to hear your views on career management, transitions and how you thrive in what you do.
For more information on Hong Ling’s pottery work, visit http://www.ceramicus.com