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A Journey from Job Hopper to Dream Chaser: How unemployed feel like a failure

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Have you ever felt lost in your career, jumping from one job to another without finding your true calling? I have, and I want to share my story with all the individuals out there who are currently unemployed or stuck in a job they despise. I've been in your shoes, faced numerous rejections, and struggled to find fulfillment in my professional life.

My journey began with summer jobs in customer service at a phone company and part-time work in a factory. I took on various roles, from being a tutor during my university days to navigating the professional landscape in bustling cities like Shenzhen and Shanghai. I was an opportunist, always seeking the next opportunity, but I lacked a clear direction.

Job after job, I found myself in difficult positions, often getting fired because my heart wasn't in it. Despite knowing I was smart, I couldn't bring my A-game to these roles. The realization struck me – I was dreaming big, but landing in places that didn't align with my true aspirations. I struggled to pay off credit card debts, and my work felt like a never-ending cycle of unfulfilling positions.

However, a game-changer came when I joined a company that appreciated my skills. For the first time, I felt fulfilled, achieved financial stability, and could pursue my bigger dream – studying abroad. This experience became a turning point, reshaping my perspective on work and life.

I never made it into the big corporate world, consistently facing rejection from top 500 companies. Low self-esteem clouded my belief that I could ever be accepted by such prestigious organizations. People mentioned "connections," but the mystery remained. Was it a flawless resume, stability, or sheer talent that these companies sought?

I used to feel ashamed of my job-hopping past, but I've come to realize it doesn't matter. What matters is that I found my calling, my dream. I understand the struggles of unemployment and despising your job, but don't give up. This period of uncertainty is an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and discover your passion.

To all the dreamers and the unemployed, I've been there. I hear you, I see you, and I want to help you. Unemployment is temporary, and you will find your spark. Your dream job is waiting, and once you seize it, you'll never let it go. That's the secret – you cannot keep a job that's not meant for you.

So, don't be disheartened by rejection or past experiences. Embrace change, discover your calling, and pursue the dream that sets your soul on fire. You have the power to transform your story, just as I did.


Hello,I'm Simin Liang, a subconscious rewiring therapist.  

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