If you had to Google 'What was Chandler Bing's job' before reading this blog post, congratulations! You aren't alone. IT Procurement Manager? Data Analyst... or as Rachel said: 'transponster'.
We all laughed, of course, but the reality is, we were bound to end up with 'Chandler Bing Jobs'. Did we really think we'd get any of the other jobs mentioned on the show; Chef? Actor? Archeologist? Okay, no one wants to be Ross (though some of us ARE Ross - you know who you are).
So how did we get here? How did we become Data Analysts? Front-End Developers? Lead Generation Marketing Managers? In addition to our 'Chandler Bing' job titles, we worked at 'Chandler Bing' companies. They are company names you don't even bother saying because they are virtually unknown. Now that we are 'Chandler Bing' age, we can all admit; WE GOT CHANDLER JOBS!
Need we forget that Chandler kinda fucking hated his job? He made good money, but at the age of 30-something he switched to find the career he really wanted, and he took a major risk to get there. So my thinking is... should we wait to be 30-something Chandler, interviewing for jobs in see-through shirts that exposed his nipples OR take the 'risk' now... when we're still relatively young?
How to tell if you have a 'Chandler Bing Job':
- Do you hate the work you do?
- Does your job destroy your passion and creativity?
- Do you have a third nipple?
- Do you yell about a WENUS?
- Do you refer to it as a job, not a career?
If you answered YES to all of the above, congratulations, you have a 'Chandler Bing Job'!
That being said, you can still avoid the fate of being the 'Chandler Bing' in your friends group. No one wants to spend late nights yelling 'I'm looking at the WENUS and I'M NOT HAPPY!' or picking up super-models saying 'Gum would be perfection...'.
We can change this...
So how can you change your fate and find your dream job? (Rachel: I'm an Assistant Buyer!).
The options are simple; either love what you do (cause you do it a lot) or take steps to find something you do.
- Find some free online courses. For example, if you're interested in Marketing; Google Analytics certification is free and so is attending on-trend webinars!
- Seek out connections who have jobs you'd like to learn more about. Connect on LinkedIn, review their company, learn how they achieved their goals.
- Determine if you company has some career development options.
- Write down where you hope your career will be in 1, 2, or 5 years.
If there's another direction you want your career to go towards, take calculated steps to get there. With youth comes the ability to take risks (before you adopt twins).
If you love your job, THAT'S AWESOME! I can't say that becoming a B2B Marketing Manager for an intranet software company was what I wrote down on Career Day, but I love what I get to do each day; expanding brands, creative problem solving, managing a team, and I'm usually quite happy about my WENUS each night.