It’s time for a career change, Robert Crawley!When the Earl was young, he had a rather carefree life, despite their lack of money. In fact, finding sufficient funds to sustain the estate was one of the reasons his father insisted he marry Cora. (Whom he later learned to love.) But he did have an excellent education, and wound up majoring in Philosophy.Wait a minute! Philosophy? No wonder he’s not good at anything practical. (Apologies to any philosophy grads.) He was trained for far grander things. He is not a man of the land. He’s a man of thought. And just as land that lies fallow seems useless now, there is always a chance for new growth and new beginnings.So is there something after all that poor Robert Crawley could actually be good at? Might he perhaps be an artist at heart? Or a writer. Or a poet. We know he probably won’t be an opera singer, especially after his reaction to sitting next to the great Nellie Melba. Thankfully she knew about wine, so his dinner conversation was saved.Ah! Maybe he’d make a good sommelier. Or wine blogger. Then again, he could become a recruiter … he was admirably dogged at making sure Bates, despite his disability and the Machiavellian machinations of Thomas, would become his valet. Perhaps there is hope for him yet.
What about your own career?Are there signs that it may be time for a career change? Is there anything we can learn from Lord Grantham’s situation?
- Are you constantly coming up against things you don’t understand or even care about?
- Are you just not very good at what you do?
- Are you often bored at work?
- Do you find change annoying rather than a chance to learn more about something you enjoy?
- Are you noticing no one comes to you for advice?
- Have you stopped feeling excitement, even when you do things well?
- Do you yawn at the thought of speaking to people in your industry?
- Would you rather think about almost anything else than work?