What it’s really like to have a job you love

Where are you on your path of discovering your ideal job? Do you know what you are meant to do? Do you dare to take the next step toward a job and career you love?

I was in a bakery having hot cocoa with a former client of mine. We were catching up and she showed me her portfolio which she put together for her current job search. I was looking at photos of the cakes she had created and decorated. As a fan of the Food Network and baking shows, I feel I can judge a good cake. These were incredible, stunning, amazing.

But even more amazing to me was the woman sitting before me. When we first met she was an artist working at a dead-end job. She was bored. She was burned out. She hated going to work. And she had no idea what else she could do. She didn’t want to go back to school.

As we worked together, I learned one of her hobbies was to bake and decorate cakes for friends and family. When she decided that’s the career she wanted to pursue, she created a tiny portfolio of the cakes she made for family and friends, and she wrote a resume that highlighted the artistic skills that would transfer to cake decorating. As she looked for a job, she feared no one would give her a shot.

Just 3 years later, she’s an experienced professional cake decorator who has worked at several bakeries. She sat before me, confident, thoughtfully considering her options. As we talked over coffee, she discussed the type of decorating she enjoyed the most, told me about the different types of cake environments. She shared with me the types of opportunities she really wanted to focus on.

Before we left the bakery, she introduced herself to the owner, and obtained a referral to the person who provided his cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. She planned to reach out and apply for a job.

I’m inspired by the changes in this lovely woman. When she came to me, she was uncertain, unfocused, and very unhappy with work. Today she loves what she does. She is proud of her work. She is looking forward to her next job. She’s confident and focused in her search.

Having seen her work, I know it won’t be long before someone snatches her up and hires her for their team. And they won’t regret it.

Do you know what you would really love to do? Wherever you are in your path of discovery, I challenge you today to take the next step toward a job and career you love. I encourage you to share it with me on my blog. Then come back after you’ve taken your next step, and share that too. I’ll be here to cheer you on, and to celebrate your success.

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Client Stories

I hired Lori because I was feeling stuck in my job and needed to find a career that was more rewarding, more challenging, and more suited to me.  In the arts, it's difficult to find a job you enjoy that also pays enough to live on, but Lori helped me do just that! 

As we worked together, Lori always helped give me that extra nudge when I was having trouble taking the next step toward success and acknowledged and applauded me when I accomplished something that I'd been struggling with. 

Thanks to Lori, I got out of my 8-year rut at the same job and discovered a new career I love that brings me all of the things I want in a job--creativity, variety, challenge, learning, flexibility, teamwork, and cake.  With no professional experience but a desire to learn, Lori helped me find ways to become a cake decorator--first on my own and then, eventually, at a reputable cake shop.  Now, something I used to do just for fun has become something I make my living doing, and each workday flies by!

Emily Sweeney, Chicago, IL