As I approach the end of my third year of official employment with Accodex, I’ve been reflecting on exactly how lucky I am that Chris Hooper and Markus Cirillo took a risk on a very green 19-year-old. I was uncertain as to what my career was going to look like, all I knew was that it was going to be in the field of accounting. Needless to say, I found that accounting, although I’m good at it, isn’t what I want to do every day for the rest of my life, and I jumped at the chance to move into an executive role with Accodex.
On my recent trip to the USA in October, I realised exactly how much I love my job and the people I have the privilege to work with every day, from our team in Adelaide, to our teams in the USA, UK and the Philippines. I have the freedom to work when and where I want, to meet with whom I want to meet with, and in general hang out with cool young accountants and other professionals within the accounting and technology business sphere.
In my opinion, a job that you love is more important. You will overall be happier, less stressed and, in general, healthier. Don’t get me wrong, money is important too, but not as important as doing something every day that you are passionate about.
When I visited Joel Lacayo at Xero’s San Francisco office, it certainly hit home how finding a career you are passionate about, means that you are always happy to go to work. He is ambitious and goal-directed, alongside being passionate about Xero’s mission and vision, and understands the role he has to play to help them achieve it.
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
- Find your passion. Figure out exactly what you would be happy to do every day for the rest of your life.
- Do your research. Research the role and the ideal company or types of company you want to work for. Research people who hold that role in different companies, and understand the steps they took to get to where they are. If you’re feeling confident, reach out asking if they’d like to have coffee or act as a mentor.
- Tailor your LinkedIn. This will enable you to position yourself as an expert within the industry and ensure that you appear as a candidate for the role that you want when recruiters are scouring LinkedIn for talent.
- Actively attend networking events and make valuable connections. To make yourself known in the community, you need to attend networking events and ensure that for every 10 meaningful conversations, you lock in at least 5 coffee meetings. These connections could be the way you get introduced to the person who may be your dream employer.
- Find mentors. The most important thing you can do is find someone who is in a similar or the same type of role you want to have and have them agree to mentor you. You need to find mentors who can not only provide value to you both personally and professionally, as well as ones that you can also provide value to.
If you want any clarification on the tips mentioned above, please let me know in the comments or send me a LinkedIn message.